Rhodes, 'Fish Walk Off Winners Against Lynn Friday Night
March 4, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A little late-inning magic was again the story of Palm Beach Atlantic baseball as the Sailfish scored three times in the ninth to force extras before Hakeem Rhodes drove in the game-winning run in the 11th, knocking off Lynn 7-6 on Friday night. PBA improves to 3-0 in extra inning games including two victories over Lynn.
The Sailfish (11-8) picked up their second win over the Fighting Knights (8-7) in walk-off fashion after defeating Lynn 5-4 in 10 innings back on Feb. 2 at Roger Dean Stadium. Rhodes provided the heroics on Friday night, knocking a 1-1 pitch into right field to plate Sean Visconti from second. Rhodes came on in the 10th as a defensive replacement after Kyle Simon was lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth.
The only reason Rhodes had a shot in the 11th was due to two things, a three-run ninth and another dominating performance out of the bullpen by Dominic Monda. PBA trailed by three in the ninth with two outs and a runner at first. Peter Rivera smacked his second double of the game to left to bring the tying run to the plate. Bobby Brennan followed with his only hit of the game, an infield single to score Visconti. Pinch runner Jake Summey scored on a wild pitch for the second run of the inning before Kyle Simon tied things at 6-6 with a single to center.
The top of the 10th saw the emergence of Monda from the bullpen. He promptly struck out the side in the 10th and another in the 11th, allowing just a one-out walk in his two innings. He improved to 4-0 with the win and has now struck out 29 in 20.1 innings on the season.
PBA fell behind 5-1 through six innings but chipped away with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. Lynn got a run back in the ninth but Sean Horner struck out Miguel Ceballos looking with the bases loaded to end the threat.
The top four batters in the Sailfish lineup accounted for eight of the team’s 17 hits as Visconti piled up three including a double. Both of Rivera’s hits went for two bases. Noah Johnson also added two hits and a walk in the two spot.
Lynn scored first with a solo home run to right field in the second inning from Alex Turner. Julian Bilodeau picked up an RBI of his own for PBA in the bottom of the second, scoring Ryan Johnson to even the game at 1-1. Lynn scored three times in the fourth to chase PBA starter Kyle Polaski but Phil DiLandro kept the ‘Fish close with four innings of relief work.
The senior lefty struck out five in four innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. The PBA bullpen accounted for eight innings and all 15 strikeouts. Lynn’s starter Frank Grandinette struck out nine in 6.2 innings of work, scattering 10 hits and allowing just two runs, one earned. Rigo Beltran (1-1) took the loss for the Fighting Knights, pitching two plus innings out of the bullpen.
These two teams will close out the weekend and season series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.