Prior to third baseman Mason Dunaway’s at-bat in the bottom of the eighth, he was 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but that didn’t matter as he found a way to come through in his fifth plate appearance.
He laced a 1-0 pitch over the head of Tri-City center fielder Ben McClain IV’s head on a two-RBI triple to give Peninsula its first and only lead of the game, proving to be the game-winning hit.
The Pilots (24-8, 7-3 second half) overcame a three-run deficit for the third-straight game to beat the Chili Peppers (6-25, 2-9 second half) 10-8 Thursday at War Memorial Stadium, scoring runs in each of their last four times at the plate. Peninsula moves to 13-3 on the year against Tri-City.
“When guys are throwing cutters and sinkers and a four-seamers, sometimes it’s a quarter of an inch here, quarter of an inch there that keeps you off the barrel,” manager Hank Morgan said. “I told him it only takes one swing to have a good night, but you can’t have a good last swing unless you’re still standing in the end.”
Peninsula is back on the road to face Tri-City at Shepherd Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be streamed live on FloSports with live stats available on www.pointstreak.com.