Following a loss on Wednesday night, the Palm Beach Cardinals faced off once again against the Bradenton Marauders, this time with the game going into extra innings. And Palm Beach was able to score three runs in the 10th inning to shutout the Marauders 3-0.
The win improved their record to 12-9 on the season, while dropping Bradenton’s to 9-12.
Jacob Evans got the start on the mound for the Cardinals, and pitched a gem of a performance. During his 6 2/3 innings of work, he allowed four hits, struck out six batters, and walked none, allowing zero runs in the process. As for the Marauders, Alex McRae got the start, pitching six innings, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out two batters.
Danny Seferina led off the game with a single, but two straight outs afterwards stranded him at first. As far as the first nine innings were concerned, there wasn’t too much action involved in front of a crowd of 891 people at the home of the Marauders, McKechnie Field.
The 10th inning was where things became interesting.
Andrew Sohn started off the inning with a single to left field. Seferina followed that with a single of his own, and Oscar Mercado reached on a fielder’s choice, as Sohn got thrown out at home plate, which moved Seferina to third base. During the next at-bat, Danny Diekroeger doubled to center field, scoring both base-runners in the process. Two at-bats later, Blake Drake hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Diekroeger to make it a 3-0 Cardinals lead.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Silfredo Garcia went back out to work, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to end the game at two hours and 20 minutes.
On Friday, Matt Pearce will get the start for Palm Beach as they play the St. Lucie Mets.