RECAP | Otters bats explode to down Y’alls in shootout
Florence, KY. – The Evansville Otters blasted three home runs and mounted a four-run comeback to defeat the Florence Y’alls 11-10 Wednesday night at Thomas More Stadium.
Evansville scored six unanswered runs to take a late lead. Trailing 9-5, the Otters put together their biggest road comeback of the season.
Jomar Reyes sparked the charge with a two-out, two-run home run in the fifth inning.
The Otters then took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning. Gary Mattis notched a single and Jeffrey Baez doubled.
Dakota Phillips then played hero with two outs driving in both runs on a base hit to right to give the Otters a 10-9 lead.
Evansville added a final run in the eighth as Noah Myers led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly - eventually amounting to the game’s deciding run.
The Y’alls trailing 11-9 in the ninth plated a run on a sacrifice fly and the tying run reached second but Jake Polancic found the final out on a game-ending popout.
Johan Castillo earned the win for the Otters in his debut with Evansville. The lefty pitcher pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with a trio of strikeouts.
Kevin Davis worked two scoreless innings, allowing just one baserunner before Polancic earned his 13th save of the season in the ninth.
The first four innings of baseball featured numerous back and forth swings. Noah Myers led off with a walk and would come around to score the first run of the game in the first inning.
Florence responded with three runs in the bottom of the first inning on three walks and two singles.
Myers responded with a two-run home run to right field tying the game in the second frame. Phillips joined the power party with a massive 411-foot homer in the third inning to give the Otters a 5-3 lead.
The Y’alls then chipped across a run in the third inning. They then took a four-run lead with five runs scored in the fourth inning courtesy of two home runs, three singles and two walks - all with two outs.
Eight of nine Otters scored a run Wednesday night as Evansville totaled 12 hits with six going for extra bases. Myers led the way with two hits, three runs, and two RBIs.
Baez totaled a three-hit night with two runs and Phillips batted in four runs with three hits and a run.
Evansville plays for the series against Florence on Thursday evening with a 5:34 PM CT first pitch from Thomas More Stadium. The game can be heard on the Evansville Otters Digital Network.
All home and road Otters games this season are televised on FloSports with audio-only coverage available for free on the Evansville Otters YouTube page.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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