Northfield Baseball Walks Off Rochester Century
The Northfield Raiders walked off Rochester Century on a wild pitch scoring Joey Malecha 8-7 Thursday. The Panthers outhit the Raiders 13-5 but it's the runs that determine the winner.
Rochester Century had 4 errors, Northfield one in the game.
Century jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. The Raiders got a grand slam home run off the bat of Malecha to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
The Panthers plated 3 runs in the 6th inning and 1 in the 7th to take a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning.
Northfield opened the bottom of the 7th with a single off the bat of Ian Stanton. Following a strikeout, Stanton advanced to second base on a passed ball. He scored on a single by Blake Mellgren to make it 7-5 with one out.
Tate Journell grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out. Gunnar Benson walked, Malecha walked following a pitching change by the Panthers. Ethan Lanthier hit a ground ball to short that resulted in an error scoring Journell and Benson to tie the game.
Nolan Stepka walked to load the bases before Malecha scored on a wild pitch to end the game.
Ryan Bell started the game on the mound for Northfield going the first 4 innings. He allowed 7 hits, 3 runs all earned, walked 2 and struck out 2 while throwing 75 pitches, 52 strikes.
Cole Stanchina earned the victory going the final 3 innings. Six hits allowed, 4 runs all earned. He walked 2 and did not record a strikeout. Stanchina threw 54 pitches, 29 strikes.
The Raiders are 9-3. Their schedule says their next game is Thursday, May 14 in Winona.
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