Otters split double header to conclude regular season


FLORENCE, Ky. – The Evansville Otters concluded their 2022 regular season with a doubleheader split with the Florence Y’alls, falling 7-1 in game one and winning game two 11-1.

The Otters kicked off the scoring in game one when Elijah MacNamee drove in J.R. Davis with a double down the left field line.

From there, the Y’alls took over. Following a pair of leadoff base hits, Brennan Price brought in the Y’alls’ first run while grounding into a double play.

Immediately after, Taylor Bryant and Ray Zuberer hit back-to-back solo home runs to kick the lead to 3-1.

The sides exchanged scoring opportunities in the second and third, but the Y’alls’ advantage grew once again in the fourth. After three men reached with one out, Bryant walked in a run, causing a pitching change from Evansville.

Directly after Jacob Bowles entered the game, a sacrifice fly from Zuberer added a fifth run to the Y’alls total.

In the fifth, the Y’alls added runs once again. After Florence began the inning with back-to-back singles, Rodney Tennie brought in a run with an RBI single.

Within the next at-bat, Luke Harper brought in the seventh and final run for the Y’alls while grounding into a double play.

The loss fell to Ryan O’Reilly while the win went to Jeremy Ovalle.

In game two, Florence again put up first-inning offense, grabbing the lead on a sacrifice fly RBI from Ray Zuberer.

From there, the Otters took over. Evansville took a lead in the second with a pair of runs, the first coming on a sacrifice fly from Andy Armstrong. Shortly after, George Callil grabbed a second run with an RBI double.

The lead grew in the third as Zach Biermann drove in Elijah MacNamee with an RBI single. Biermann then scored on Justin Felix’s two-run home run.

The 5-1 lead carried into he fifth when the Otters’ offense awoke once again. Felix kicked off the inning with a solo home run, his second of the day.

Following a walk to Armstrong, Tanner Craig hit a two-run home run to dead center, the 100th home run for the Otters in 2022.