It took a little longer than expected, nearly 21 hours as a matter of fact, but the Rock Island baseball team got the come-from-behind win that eluded it on Monday.|
After restarting Monday's suspended game with a 4-1 deficit against Moline in the sixth inning, the Rocks were able to get a 5-4 Western Big 6 Conference victory, scoring the three runs to tie in the seventh inning before winning it in the eighth.
"I've been in this position more than once in my 28 years," Rock Island coach Jay Wayland said. "It's going to sound crazy, but I think the advantage is with the team that's trailing."
The Rocks did everything they could to prove Wayland's theory right.
After Moline reliever Drew Owens struck out the side in the sixth, Jake Walker and Ashton Faramelli singled on the first two pitches of the seventh. Two batters later, Walker came across to score on a Jake Scudder's single, one of his three game two hits and his first RBI of the season.
Faramelli scored when Drew Owens uncorked a wild pitch, and Alex Hardcastle, running for Scudder, scored after Zach Chapman hit a ground ball that was overthrown to first base, tying the game 4-all.
After Game 2 reliever Justin McClendon retired the Maroons in the eighth, the Rocks offense was ready to strike again.
Walker started it again for Rock Island (12-12, 3-7 Big 6), this time with one-out single in the eighth. He was forced out at second base a batter later, but a takeout slide at second base allowed Faramelli to reach base safely. On the next pitch, Owens threw his second wild pitch of the game, allowing Faramelli to move to second.
That set it up for Paul Sanders, who sent a looper over second base that was just out of the reach of center fielder Matt Brill and second baseman Tyler Biscontine. The two-out hit scored Faramelli from second.
"I knew all I had to do was get it past the infield and he could score." Sanders said. "I got a good pitch to hit, so I could drive him in."
Moline (15-8, 5-5) took a 4-1 lead into the day, scoring in three of the first four innings. The Maroons scored in the first when Rock Island starter Mitch Erickson issued a bases-loaded walk to Jake Viaene.
Two innings later, the Maroons cashed in when Drew Owens singled to lead off the frame. Owens took second after Mitch Peterson was hit by a pitch, stole third and scored when Cullen George's throw to the base sailed into left field. In the fourth, Brill blasted a two-run homer to center.
"We've got a three-run lead with an inning to play," Moline coach Craig Schimmel said. "They were in the same boat as us (delaying the game), but they came out to play and got the job done and we didn't."
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