White, Quinlan help Elmwood Sports take 2-1 thriller
Elmwood Sports pitcher Bryan Quinlan struck out 12 batters on the mound and delivered a key RBI single at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the FisherCats score a 2-1 win on Tuesday night at Max Read Field. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
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PAWTUCKET --- If Tuesday nightâs game proved anything, itâs that, in baseball, a team should always play until the final out. Whenever a team is considered down and out, as long as three outs havenât been recorded in the last inning, a team can still come out victorious.
Even though their backs were against the wall, it was the Elmwood Sports FisherCatsâ hearts that prevailed in Tuesdayâs miraculous victory over the Warwick PAL. The FisherCats certainly saved their best for last, as they scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Warwick, 3-2.
The win evens the FisherCatsâ record at 4-4.
The FisherCatsâ Riley White was the hero in Tuesdayâs amazing comeback, smashing a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Bryan Quinlan sparked the rally with an RBI single of his own, and he was phenomenal from the hill as well, pitching a complete game and striking out 12 batters.
âIt just shows how much heart these guys have.â FisherCats head coach Jim LaRose proudly said. âThey always fight to the very end, and I will always admire them for that.â
This was certainly a pitchersâ duel, as both arms were on full display. In addition to Quinlanâs solid effort, Warwick pitcher Brian Palerino shined as well. He struck seven batters while pitching a complete game.
Warwick struck in the top of the third. After a couple of mental mistakes in the field by the FisherCats, Warwickâs Joe Palidate drove in his teamâs first run with an RBI single.
However, with Warwick threatening to score more, the FisherCats caught them sleeping on the basepaths. Quinlan and his infield were able to pick off two runners to end Warwickâs threat to add to its lead.
Warwick extended its lead in the top of the fifth. The FisherCats tried to pick off another runner, this time on third base, but due to a wild throw, the visitors were able to double their lead.
The FisherCats had plenty of opportunities to score throughout the game, but due to two key double plays turned by Warwick in the fourth and sixth innings, the hosts came up scoreless.
But with the game on the line, the FisherCatsâ determination and perseverance paid off. After three walks were followed by two quick outs, Quinlan came through with his run-scoring single. Then after a bases-loaded walk, White completed the remarkable comeback with his RBI single to right field.
Despite the victory, LaRose knows his team has to improve and play a complete game of baseball if they plan to continue to compete.
âExecution is really important for us to improve upon,â LaRose said. âThese young guys are learning, and we can really be successful if we can play an entire game.â