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Otters fall short in series opener


Florence, KY. – The Evansville Otters scored four runs in the final three innings but fell 6-4 to the Florence Y’alls on a drizzly Tuesday night at Thomas More Stadium.

Evansville trailed 6-4 entering the ninth. Jomar Reyes led off by reaching on a hit-by-pitch. Kona Quiggle then smashed a ground rule double to the right field wall to put two in scoring position with no outs.

However, an Otters’ groundout, pop out and flyout ended the ballgame.

The Otters started their comeback in the seventh inning trailing 4-0. Dakota Phillips led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Quiggle then hit a 400 foot solo blast to right field, cutting the lead to 4-2.

Florence answered in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run homer.

Evansville continued to fight back in the eighth. Jeffrey Baez blasted a two-run home run to center field, trimming the lead back to two runs.

Florence scored in the first inning chipping across a run on a two out single.

The Y’alls mounted three runs in the third inning. A leadoff walk followed by four singles built a 4-0 lead for Florence.

Tim Holdgrafer started for Evansville, pitching five innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits and took the loss. Florence’s Carter Spivey pitched six shutout innings to earn the win.

Gary Mattis earned his first multi-hit day of the season in his fourth game back with Evansville. George Callil and Quiggle joined him with two-hit days.

Evansville aims to even up the series against Florence on Wednesday evening with a 5:31 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.