Pacifics Snap Skid with Walk-Off Win
San Rafael, CA -- After falling in back-to-back extra-inning losses to Sonoma, San Rafael battled back from a five-run deficit Sunday, scoring four runs on three homers in the eighth.
Delivering their third hits each, Miles Williams and Demetrius Moorer prevented another extra-inning game, snapping the Pacifics’ five-game losing streak with a much-needed 7-6 walk-off win.
“What a way to cap off the series,” manager Matt Kavanaugh commented. “We rallied late in every game this weekend, but we really came up big when it mattered most today.”
After the Pacifics hosted a pregame High School Home Run Derby featuring former Pacifics slugger Steve Detwiler , San Rafael teed off with four homers, two of which came from Williams.
After Dakota Freese’s rocky start quickly put San Rafael behind 4-0 by the second inning, four Pacifics relievers allowed just two runs through the final 7.1 innings.
“Our bullpen kept us in the game,” said Kavanaugh, crediting Quinn Pippin, Michael Holback, Julian Esquibel, and Jake Pintar for their performances.
Miles Williams put the Pacifics on the board in the third, launching a first-pitch breaking ball over the right-field fence for his first home run since July 5th. The solo blast marked Williams’ first of three RBIs and two homers on the day.
Sonoma scored its fifth run on a fifth-inning error by right-fielder Williams in Pippin’s third inning on the mound.
With two singles and a fielder’s choice putting two Sonoma runners on against Michael Holback, Daniel Baptista’s two-out grounder bounced into right field for Sonoma’s final run of the game.
Down 6-1, San Rafael’s bats came to life with three homers in the eighth. Williams led the charge, crushing his second homer deep to right-center field against Dominic Topoozian. After Moorer bunted perfectly down the third-base line, shortstop Juan Herrera launched a two-run homer on a first-pitch fastball. With Taylor Thurber then in relief, Jake Taylor hit his 17th home run and 54th RBI of the season, closing Sonoma’s lead to 6-5.
Esquibel and Pintar kept San Rafael in the game, throwing scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
Down 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Ricky Gingras put the tying run on base after a four-pitch leadoff walk. With pinch-runner Michael Rizzitello reaching second on a passed ball, Williams delivered for the third time, singling through the second-base hole to tie the game 6-6.
Demetrius Moorer laid down a perfect bunt, beating out third-baseman Scott David’s low throw to first. As the ball escaped down the third base line, Williams rounded the bases bringing San Rafael the 7-6 walk-off win.
The Pacifics are now five games behind the Stompers with a 7-11 record in the second half of the season. San Rafael hits the road for a three-game series against the Pittsburg Diamonds, then head to Vallejo for three games against the Admirals this weekend. They return to Albert Park Tuesday, August 15th for a Pittsburg rematch.
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