Wong Drives in Winning Run As Eagles Trim South Florida 9-8

Wong Drives in Winning Run As Eagles Trim South Florida 9-8

Polk State College's Alec Wong (Rockledge) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the fourth-ranked Eagles a 9-8 victory Monday over South Florida State College in a Suncoast Conference contest in Winter Haven.

Wong, who slugged two doubles in the game, was hit by Panther reliever Kyle Cunningham, driving in Eagle Sam Machonis (Tampa), who had reached on a single to left field to start the inning.

The win allowed the Eagles (25-7/7-5) to capture the series 2-1.

Eagle reliever Jesse Arnold (Port St. Lucie) earned the victory. Arnold, the fourth Polk pitcher of the game, gave up one hit and an intentional walk in the top of the 10th.

His effort was saved by a great catch by Polk left fielder Daniel Sweet (Mississippi).

With two runners on first and second, Sweet kept the winning run from scoring in the top of the 10th, jumping up at the left field wall to catch the third out of the inning on a deep fly ball hit by South Florida's Spencer Mumford.

The Eagles trailed the Panthers (10-26/2-7) 8-5, but scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the ninth to knot the contest, 8-8.

Wong drove in two of the runs with a double to left. Cody DeNoyelles (Windermere) tied it 8-8 with a double to right field.

Polk led the Panthers 5-3 in the seventh.

The Panthers tallied five runs on five hits in the eighth inning to lead 8-5 in an inning that cost the Eagles more than three runs.

With one out, Eagle closer Trey Norris, who has 14 saves and three victories on the season, was hit trying to field a ball with his bare right hand on a ball hit up the middle by Panther Lucas Bagnara.

Norris was hit under his thumb on the palm of his hand. His is expected to get X-rays Tuesday.

Polk's Erik Hindmon (Ocala) drove in two runs with two hits.

Starter Brett Jones (Plant City) knocked in a run while going 2-for-5 with a triple.

Polk hosts the University of Tampa junior varsity Friday at 5 p.m.  

Jan 18
Baseball 6:00 PM
Webber International University
Scrimmage Winter Haven, FL
Jan 25
Baseball 2:00 PM
at Lake-Sumter State College
Leesburg, FL
Jan 26
Baseball 2:00 PM
at Broward College
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan 28
Baseball 5:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
Winter Haven, FL
Jan 30
Baseball 5:00 PM
Broward College
Winter Haven, FL
Feb 01
Baseball 2:00 PM
at Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, FL
Feb 02
Baseball 1:00 PM
Daytona State College
Winter Haven, FL

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