The Old Orchard Beach Surge (3-2) defeated the visiting Sullivan Explorers (2-3) in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night at The Ballpark with a final score of 7-6.
The game remained scoreless until the 3rd inning, when the Explorers took a 2-0 lead. Designated hitter Bryan Hoover and second baseman Shigeta Hayoto each picked up RBIs. The Surge offense quickly matched it, with third baseman Luc Pomales knocking a 2-run single.
The Explorers would take a 3-2 lead in the 5th, with a bases loaded HBP. A 360-foot solo blast from Surge designated hitter Jordyn Van Atta, his first of the season, tied it 3-3.
Left handed relief pitcher Michael Romano took over the mound in the 6th, ending the night for starter Rich Humes. Humes ended his Surge debut allowing 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 1.
Sullivan took a 5-3 lead in the 7th, with runners reaching home on an error and a sac fly from outfielder Adrian Gonzalez.
David Ernst would take over for Romano in the 8th. Romano threw for 2 innings, allowing no hits, while striking out 2 and walking 2. An error in the 8th would allow the Explorers to take a 6-3 lead.
The Surge rally began in the bottom of the 8th, getting themselves within 1 run. Pomales led off with a triple, reaching home on a Sean Washington sac fly. Shortstop Joshua Martinez knocked in Nathan Schwertner with an RBI single.
Cody Frank would come in to close for the Surge, taking over for Ernst. Ernst allowed 2 hits while walking 1. Frank went on to earn his first win of the season, striking out 1 while allowing no hits in the 9th.
First baseman Chris Allen began the 9th with a leadoff walk, stealing 2nd. Van Atta would walk behind him. An error on the Explorers first baseman allowed Washington to score, tying the game 6-6 while leaving the bases loaded with no outs. Schwertner would complete the rally, with a walk-off hit down the middle, sending Allen home.
The Surge outhit the Explorers 9-8, with Chris Allen and Luc Pomales leading the team with 2. Allen and Jacob Fabry each picked up their league leading 5th steals of the season.
The next Surge home game is Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:30pm for game 1 of a 5-game series with the New Hampshire Wild. Alan Carey will be making his second start on the mound for the Surge.