BRADENTON 9, CLEARWATER 7
The Marauders unleashed an 18-hit attack Wednesday in their win over the Threshers, but Clearwater wasn’t quite ready to give up and scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but fell short. Still, the Threshers had 12 hits in the game.
Bradenton started the game with a pair of singles by Cole Tucker and Kevin Newman, then two outs later loaded the bases on a walk to Jordan Luplow. Wyatt Mathisen drove in two runs with a single to left, and then Elvis Escobar singled to right to bring in another run.
In the top of the third, the Marauders put together four straight singles to start the inning and ended up with three more runs for a 6-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, walks to Newman and Kevin Kramer, and a single by Jerrick Suiter loaded the bases, and Luplow’s sacrifice fly brought in a run, but that was all.
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Clearwater’s Zach Green homored in the bottom of the fourth, and in the top of the fifth Newman clouted his third homer of the season. But Clearwater chipped away at Bradenton’s 8-1 lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, and the Marauders tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a single by Mathison and a double by Tomas Morales.
But in the last of the ninth, Clearwater got it together with a double, a hit-by-pitcher, a single to load the bases and then, with one out a run came in on a force out. A walk loaded the bases again, and a single by Green plated two runs, and another walk loaded the bases. Mitch Walding then scored on a wild pitch. A walk again loaded the bases, but Samuel Hiciano struck out to end the game.
Up next: The Marauders’ Yeudy Garcia (1-4, 2.77) faces Fort Myers’ Keaton Steele (2-5, 4.44) at McKecknie Field. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.