Boca Raton Walk-Off Winners Against Atlantic
Boca Raton built an early lead at home against Atlantic Wednesday night and nearly watched it vanish late in the game when the Eagles rallied. But a walk-off single by Philip Santiago secured the 4-3 victory for the Bobcats.
Tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats nearly won the game when Gonzalez was thrown out at home by the right-fielder. It would only delay the inevitable as the very next batter, Philip Santiago, was the hero for his team. Santiago took a 0-2 pitch and sent a ball past the infield and into right to bring home Zach Zientarski for the winning run.
Boca (5-3) took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Christian Flint came around to score on a single to left field by Zientarski in the bottom of the first inning. The Bobcats added two more runs in the fourth to build on their lead. First, Santiago came around to score on an error by the Eagles infield. Then, later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Ricardo Gonzalez was hit by a pitch that brought home Kaden Cohan to bring the score to 3-0.
The Eagles (7-3) came into the game hot, riding a five-game winning streak that has them on the verge of clinching a regional playoff berth. But they found themselves down three heading into the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Max Charnin reached base on a four-pitch walk to get things going. Charnin scored the first run for the Eagles later in the inning on a wild pitch. Junior Michael Pace reduced the deficit to one when he scored on a sacrifice by Jake Eder. Cameron Husing tied the game when he scored on a fielding error on the outfield.
Mitchell Senger started the game for the Bobcats and pitched lights out for five innings. Senger threw an even 100 pitches allowing only one hit and striking out nine batters. Senger was dominant early on, striking out the first six batters he faced to set the tone.