Otters Fall Behind Early, Lose to Wild Things 13-7


The Evansville Otters fell behind early to the Washington Wild Things Wednesday, and despite an eighth inning push, the Otters ran out of time, falling to the Wild Things 13-7 in a rain-shortened game.

The Washington Wild Things, after striking out 11 times on Tuesday night, scored three runs on five consecutive singles in the first inning, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead.

In the second, Washington sent nine men to the plate, scoring four runs to take a 7-0 lead.

Otters starter Austin Nicely would be pulled, allowing all seven runs on 10 hits, in 1.1 innings. He would take the loss.

Evansville would make their way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with RBI singles from David Cronin and Dakota Phillips, bringing the score to 7-2 Washington.

After the Wild Things scored three in the top of the seventh, the Otters scored two runs in the bottom half, and had a chance to score more, having the bases loaded with no outs.

Ryan Long hit a ground ball to first baseman J.J. Fernandez, who threw to home for the fielder’s choice, and catcher Lucas Herbert threw back to first for the double play. While Fernandez did not tag first base, Long was called out for runner interference along the base path from first to home.

The Wild Things added three more runs in the top of the eighth, increasing their lead to 13-3, but the Otters made a push in the bottom of the eighth.

J.J. Gould, who already had two walks in the game, produced a two-RBI double to score Jack Meggs and Rob Calabrese.

Cronin and Keith Grieshaber followed with back-to-back RBI singles.

Coming off the bench to pinch-hit for Long, Anthony Maselli delivered an RBI knock,

driving in the Otters fourth run of the inning and bringing the Otters back to within six, 13-7.