REGULAR SEASON ENDS IN SPECTACULAR FASHION
GREEN BAY, WI – A wild ninth inning saw the Dodgers blow a one-run lead in the top half of the inning before coming back to plate two runs in the bottom of the ninth and walk off with a 7-6 win over the Little Chute Bandits in their final regular season contest of 2019.
The Bandits scored the game’s first run in the top of the third, before the Dodgers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth when designated hitter Jake Fietz doubled to drive in Jacob Lacy and Mike Manns.
Fietz extended the lead for the Dodgers to 4-1 in the sixth, as he ripped a double down the first base line to again drive in Lacy and Manns, but the Bandits finally broke through against starting pitcher Anthony Sottile in the seventh, scoring three runs to tie the game at 4-4.
The Dodgers answered with a run in their half of the seventh to re-take the lead at 5-4, and the score remained that way until the top of the ninth, when the Bandits used a walk, a pair of infield hits and an error to pull in front, 6-5.
Trailing by a run, heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the ninth for Jayden Adrians. With two outs, Adrians ripped a broken bat grounder to second and beat out the throw to first, allowing Matt McNabb to score the tying run, before Griffin Summers raced all the way around from second base with the game-winning run to complete the comeback.
With the 2019 regular season in the books, the Dodgers will still have a few games to play yet this weekend, as they host the Wisconsin Class-A state tournament at Joannes Stadium. The double elimination tournament kicks off on Saturday afternoon with the Dodgers playing in the first game at noon. Gates open by 11:00 AM with games scheduled for 12:00, 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 on Saturday.