Otters use big inning to take down Y’alls

Evansville, Ind. – The Evansville Otters scored five runs in the fourth inning and held off the Florence Y’alls in some late inning drama 6-5 Tuesday night at Bosse Field.

Evansville sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning with the first seven Otters’ reaching base. Jeffrey Baez and Dakota Phillips led off the inning with base hits. Jomar Reyes reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.

Baez scored the first run on a wild pitch followed by a Josh Broughton walk to load the bases again.

John Dyer then blooped a ball down the right field line, scoring two runs. George Callil walked to load the bases again and Bryan Rosario reached on another fielders’ choice, scoring a run.

The final run of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly, giving Evansville a 6-3 lead.

Florence plated two runs in the fifth inning courtesy of three singles and a hit batter to trim the deficit to one.

The Y’alls put a runner in scoring position in the following four innings but the Otters’ bullpen slammed the door on a comeback.

Jon Beymer, Leoni De La Cruz, Kevin Davis and Jake Polancic combined to pitch the final 4.2 innings scoreless.

Polancic earned his 10th save of the season, striking out the final Y’alls batter with the bases loaded in the ninth. He leads the Frontier League West in saves this season.

Florence took the lead in the first inning on a three-run home run. The Otters scored their first run of the game in the third inning on a wild pitch.

The Otters used six pitchers in Tuesday’s ballgame with James Krick earning his second win of the season in relief with two innings pitched.

Kona Quiggle extended his on-base streak to 21 games. Rosario led the Otters’ offense with two hits.

Evansville and Florence play in the middle game of the series on Wednesday evening. First pitch is slated for 6:35 PM CT from Bosse Field as part of a Senior Connection Wednesday with discounted senior GA tickets.

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.