|Thomas College||New England College|
Pinch-hitter Garrett Waldron hit a bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to push the game-winning run across the plate as the Pilgrims downed Thomas 4-3 in extra innings.
Vincent Backert earned the complete-game win, scattering seven hits, three earned runs, a walk and nine strikeouts over the nine innings for the Pilgrims.
The first three innings were scoreless as Thomas plated the first two runs in the game in the top of the fourth as Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine) and Riley Simonetti (Minneapolis, Minn.) picked up RBI. The damage could have been worse, as Jordan Gibson (Marietta, Ga.) singled to center field with two outs to load the bases, but Hank Vinall (Blue Hill, Maine) struck out to strand three runners on.
NEC answered with two of their own runs in the bottom of the fourth as a one-out single by Jeam Castillo drove in two runs.
The Pilgrims tacked on a third run in the bottom of the sixth as a double down the left field line scored Delaney from first base. The Pilgrims looked poised to win in the scheduled seven innings, but a three-hit inning for Thomas allowed them to plate a run on a tough-to-handle infield single by Derek LeBlanc (Madison, Maine).
NEC left a runner on in the bottom of the seventh and both teams stranded runners in the eighth.
The Pilgrims tallied seven hits in the day. Evan Delaney batted 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
For Thomas, Gibson was 2-for-4 at the plate while Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H) batted 1-for-4 with a double.