Wertz’s Walk-Off Shot Vaults Miners To Comeback Win

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Wertz’s Walk-Off Shot Vaults Miners To Comeback Win


Source: Frontier League News

MARION, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Miners were down 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and trailed 8-6 down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth before Kurt Wertz, Jr. launched a walk-off, three-run home run to left-center field as the Miners beat the Lake Erie Crushers in dramatic fashion 9-8 on Saturday night at Rent One Park. The game went back and forth in the first as Jordan Dean’s solo home run put the Crushers on top 1-0, but Southern Illinois responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on RBI doubles by Ryan Lashley and Wertz to take a 2-1 lead. That lead would hold up until the third inning, when Dean stroked a two-run home run to left to put Lake Erie in front 3-2. With both starters in Corey Sessions and Jordan Kurokawa settling down in the ensuing frames, the score remained 3-2 until the fifth, when a two-run homer by Sean Hurley gave the Crushers a 5-2 advantage. Lake Erie added on three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to lead 8-2 at the seventh-inning stretch before the Miners began their comeback. Wertz led off…

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