Baseball Splits Saturday Matchup in Lake Wales Against Warner and Edward Waters

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Yogi Gunther (Pictured) Went 2-for-4 in the Opener on Saturday then Came Through with the Game-Winning Hit in Extra Innings in Game Two for Palm Beach Atlantic. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Yogi Gunther (Pictured) Went 2-for-4 in the Opener on Saturday then Came Through with the Game-Winning Hit in Extra Innings in Game Two for Palm Beach Atlantic. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

LAKE WALES, Fla.- After earning their 20th victory of the 2011 season on Friday versus Warner University, the Palm Beach Atlantic baseball team had the difficult task of coming back on Saturday to try and knock off both the Royals and the Tigers of Edward Waters College in a pair of games. After falling 5-1 in a high noon game versus the Royals, the Fish fought back for an extra-innings win against the Tigers as junior Yogi Gunther delivered a walk-off single for a 4-3 win.

Junior T.J. Harbuck (3-2) took to the mound in game one for the Fish and despite some early success was unable to keep the Royal’s (21-14) bats at bay for the duration as they pushed across a run in the second inning and three more in the bottom of the fifth after the Fish had briefly tied the game at 1-1.

Palm Beach Atlantic pushed across their only run in the contest in the top of the fifth as freshman Jordan Carter continued to produce at the plate with a run-scoring single.

That would be all the offense could muster however in terms of runs as PBA would leave eight runners on base while three WU pitchers combined on the 5-1 win.

Byron Skinner entered in relief for PBA and tossed 2.2 innings while allowing three hits and one run while walking one and striking out one. Harbuck took the loss after going the first 5.1 innings while allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) with three walks and four punchouts.

Carter led the way with a 3-for-4 day at the plate while Gunther also finished 2-for-4 in the opening Saturday matinee.

Sophomore left-hander Jonathan Kies drew the game two start which was scheduled as a seven inning contest versus Edward Waters College, another NAIA opponent.

Kies allowed three runs in the top of the first inning before settling down for a four inning stint that saw his final line be allowing five hits and three runs (one earned) with four walks and two strikeouts.

Junior lefty Kenny Frosch (4-1) earned the win in relief as he allowed only one hit over four scoreless frames while striking out three batters.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the first, the Fish started to chip away at the early Tigers lead as they got a run each in the first and second innings.

Luis Mejia connected for his team-leading third homer of the season with two outs in the first inning followed an inning later by a RBI double from freshman Jorge Chavarria that plated Ethan Perla.

After a scoreless third inning, the Fish tied the score at 3-3 in the fourth as Mejia delivered a two-out RBI single that scored Chavarria.

It would take extra innings to settle the contest as Travis Murray began the eighth inning with a leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt from Perla. Chavarria then laced a single to put runners at the corners which forced the hand of the Tigers to avoid Mejia’s hot bat as he was intentionally walked. Gunther then stepped in and ripped the game-winner through the left-side to score Murray for the 4-3 victory.

The Sailfish pounded out ten hits in the extra innings win with Chavarria leading the way with a 3-for-5 mark while Mejia was a perfect 2-for-2 including two runs batted in and three walks. Gunther had only one hit but did manage a pair walks while Carter performed well again from left-field as he was 2-for-4.

The Fish will now welcome in Barry University for their next contest slated for Monday, April 11th at 6 pm when the two teams square off at Dave Manzo Field.


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