Danville holds off late Bluefield rally in important win
Very few things have gone wrong for the Danville Otterbots over the past week. Pitching. Check. Hitting. Double check. Timely pitching in the stretch. Check …
DANVILLE, Va. — Very few things have gone wrong for the Danville Otterbots over the past week. Pitching. Check. Hitting. Double check. Timely pitching in the stretch. Check.
Danville continued the upward trend Saturday night, holding off a late Bluefield rally in a 6–4 victory, giving the Otterbots their sixth win in the last seven games.
Danville (26–22) entered the ninth inning the beneficiaries of a four-run cushion. However, Bluefield splashed in some entertainment when Spencer Rich Jr. (Daytona State) scored Kendal Ewell (Eastern Kentucky) with his RBI triple to center field that pulled the Ridge Runners within three. Minutes later, Rich Jr. got his guys on their feet when he scored on a wild pitch to make it a 6–4 game.
However, Jacob Steinberg (SCF Manatee) made sure the Bluefield celebration ended from there, recording a fly out to right and line out to center.
The Otterbots put together a two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to break open a wire-tight game. Noah Bailey (South Alabama) got the ball rolling with his RBI sacrifice fly to center and Chenar Brown (Jackson State) pushed Danville’s lead to 4–1 heading into the sixth.
Danville continued with the heavy sticks in the sixth, using Ryan Carr’s two-run double to center to take a 6–1 lead.
Joshuan Sandoval (Mid-America Nazarene) pulled Bluefield (24–24) within four, 6–2, with his run-scoring single to right in the seventh.
Carr got the scoring started for the Otterbots with his double to center that gave them a 1–0 lead. Brown scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to double down on Danville’s lead.
Michael Seegers (Iowa) broke up a shutout effort by the Otterbots with his RBI single through the left side that pulled the pulled the Ridge Runners within one at 2–1.
Carr led Danville with a game-high three RBIs, while Bailey and Brown chipped in with an RBI apiece. Brown and Carr recorded three hits apiece while Talmadge LeCroy (South Carolina) smacked two.
Tyler Judge (NYU) turned in a strong start on the mound, twirling a four-inning shutout, while scattering two hits and striking out eight. Scott Craig (Cumberland) got the win in relief, allowing one run on three hits and striking out two.
Danville returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Pulaski, Virginia, for the start of a crucial two-game set against Pulaski at 7 p.m.
The River Turtles currently hold a three-game lead over the Otterbots in the Appalachian League East Division standings with six games left.