Anthony DeFilippo drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and James Fago pitched a complete game for the victory. scattering 4 hits and one walk to lead South Oakland to the victory over the Monroeville Militia Sunday night.
The Militia led 1-0 when Dan Stell scored on an RBI triple by Lombardi in the top of the fourth.
The Ducks answered in the bottom half of the inning when Jesse Ferko reached after a strikeout and a dropped third strike, stole second, advanced to third on a past ball, and then stole home.
it was technically a past ball, but that backstop is six inches behind the plate. Still a great hustle play.
The Ducks pushed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth: Bob Swartwout hustled out a ground ball to deep short and reached on an error by the first baseman, Fago singled, and after both runners advanced on a past ball, TJ Morgan delivered a 2-run single.
The Militia tied the game at 3 in the top of the seventh on a two-run, two out double by Banner.
In the bottom of the seventh Gwin led off with a bunt single, advanced to second on a past ball, and scored the winning run on DeFilippo’s single to center.
The Militia’s starting pitcher Joe Stupka left South Oakland earlier in the season due to scheduling conflicts, and struck out 15 Ducks in the loss.
What a game.
This recap in no way does justice to how tense and well played the game was.
South Oakland will play Elliot in a best of three series in the league semifinals starting this weekend.