Kelly's Bases-Loaded Hit Lifts Eagles in Opener

Kelly's Bases-Loaded Hit Lifts Eagles in Opener

Eagle Hayden Kelly (Inverness) slammed a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Polk State College baseball team a 7-6 victory Monday in its season opener against St. Johns River College in Winter Haven.

In a see-saw game, the Eagles trailed the Vikings 4-0 until the bottom of the eighth when they scored five runs to lead the game.

However, the Vikings retook the lead in the top of the ninth, 5-4, setting the table for a second Eagle comeback.

The rally began with a lucky hit as sophomore Alec Wong singled off the St. Johns River pitcher's glove and beat out the throw to first base.

Freshman Luke Parker (Ponte Vedra) sacrificed Wong to second on a bunt.

Sophomore Daniel Sweet (Mississippi) doubled to left center, tying the game 6-6 as Wong scored.

Two outs later with the bases still loaded, Kelly singled to right field scoring sophomore Shane Gordon (Cocoa) with the winning run from third base.

Polk reliever Devin Vainer (Georgia) earned the victory.

The Eagles took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on singles by Gordon and J.D. Osborne (Ontario), an RBI double by Cody DeNoyelles (Windermere) and a two-run double by Wong.  

"It's great to get a win at home in the first game of the year," said coach Al Corbeil. "I'm glad it ended up on our side."

The Eagles (1-0) host Indian River Tuesday at 5 p.m. 

Sep 29
Baseball 1:00 PM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
@ Walter Fuller Complex
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sep 29
Baseball 3:30 PM
vs. St. Petersburg College
@ Walter Fuller Complex
Suncoast Tournament St. Petersburg, Fla.
Oct 04
Baseball 5:00 PM
South Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 06
Baseball 12:00 PM
Polk State Scout Day
Scout Day Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 11
Baseball 5:00 PM
at South Florida State College
Avon Park, Fla.
Oct 14
Baseball 12:00 PM
Chet Lemon Juice
Doubleheader Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 18
Baseball 5:00 PM
at Florida Southern College
Henley Field Lakeland, Fla.

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