Rossow and Platt provide long ball
Facing the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp (7-13) for the second time in as many days, the O’Fallon Hoots (10-8) resumed play Thursday night. In a repeat of last night’s result and score, the Hoots walked off on a wild pitch, winning the game 8-7.
Inside the Box Score
- Tucker Platt provided a pair of RBIs on the night thanks to his first home run of the season. He also collected another hit on the night.
- Mike Maloney and Ethan Rossow also had multi-RBI games with two each. Both of Rossow’s RBIs were from his first homer of the year.
- Ian Benner was impeccable in relief, throwing four innings while allowing just one hit and no runs.
How It Happened
- The Pistol Shrimp wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. In the first inning, Zach Lane reached first with a two-out single. Max Handron then punished a ball over the high wall in right field for his first home run of the year, putting his squad up 2-0.
- After shutting the Hoots down in the bottom of the first, Illinois Valley struck again in the second inning. Leadoff hitter Ryan Bakes reached on a double, and then advanced to third on a Nick Chavez groundout. Jake Ferguson grounded out next, but that allowed Bakes to cross home, upping the score to 3-0. With the bases empty, three straight Pistol Shrimp reached thanks to a pair of walks and a hit batter from Jack DuMont. Lane then collected his second single of the night, driving in two runs and increasing his squad’s lead to 5-0.
- O’Fallon responded in the bottom of the third. With one out, Braedon Stoakes drew a walk before Ethan Rossow jacked a ball over the right field wall, cutting the lead down to 5-2, but the Hoots were not done yet. With two outs, Nick Harms was hit by a pitch and Tyson Ludwig doubled to put two in scoring position. Mike Maloney then drove both those runners in with a single to cut the deficit to one. In the next at-bat, Tucker Platt launched his first homer of the season to right-center field, giving O’Fallon a 6-5 lead.
- It was a temporary lead however. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second when an error from Hoots’s first baseman Michael Long allowed Justin Rios to score. Lane gathered yet another single and RBI to put Illinois Valley back on top, 7-6.
- It would take until the seventh for the Hoots to find a response. Jack Meyer reached base with a single and then advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch from Daniel Vogt. Harms then tied the game with an RBI-double, 7-7.
- With a walk-off opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Stoakes led off with what looked to be a fly out to deep right. Instead, Pistol Shrimp outfielder Tyler Dorsch lost the ball in the lights as it landed behind him, giving Stoakes plenty of time to reach third. A wild pitch to the next batter was all Stoakes needed to slide across home plate, securing the 8-7 walk off win for the Hoots.
The Hoots now hit the road for an eight game trip starting tomorrow at the Quincy Gems. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., and coverage can be found at ofallonhoots.com, as well as the team’s Twitter (@ofallonbaseball) and Instagram (ofallonhoots).