The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (1-3) outlasted the South Side Eagles, winning 7-4 in extra innings Sunday afternoon in Findlay. Matt Mullen (W, 1-1) rebounded from a suboptimal performance last weekend in Cranberry with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Billy Welsh.
Welsh cruised through five, and the Ducks led 4-1, but a couple errors paved the way for an Eagles comeback. South Side tied the game at 4 after a three-run sixth.
The Eagles starter battled through eight innings, and then they brought in the side arm guy in the top of the ninth. Tom Pulice drove in the game winning run with a two out, two-run double down the line. Kenny Rayl added an insurance run with another RBI double.
Mullen retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The win moves the Ducks out of sole possession of last place.
This would have been a horrible loss to blow another lead and fall to 0-4. The Eagles battled to tie it up, but Mullen shut the door, and we finally had some hard hit balls drop for us. Hopefully we can string a few wins together.
This was a big win with a short bench and several guys playing out of position.
Mark Lombardi made three great plays at third, including a 5-3 double play in the 8th, and a diving stop in the top of the ninth.
UPDATE: South Oakland plays next vs. the undefeated, new look Bandidos. Wednesday, 9pm at Springview Field