Eagles score 5 in bottom of ninth for 6-5 win over Palm Beach

Eagles congratulate Isaiah Callum (32) after he scored the winning run win the ninth against Palm Beach. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Eagles congratulate Isaiah Callum (32) after he scored the winning run win the ninth against Palm Beach. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Trailing 5-1 with two outs and two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Polk State scored five runs to beat Palm Beach State College 6-5 tonight at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

Zach Diewert led off the inning by reaching second base on a throwing error by the Palm Beach third baseman. 

Cole Warken followed with a single, sending Diewert to third. 

After Skylar Frey flied out and Brandon Gali was called out on strikes, the Eagles were down to their final out. 

Cody Burgess then singled on a 1-2 pitch to score Diewert. 

After Yeison Gomez hit an 0-2 pitch for a single, Warken scored. 

Isaiah Cullum came to the plate with the Eagles trailing 5-3 with runners at first and second. 

After a balk advanced the runners to second and third, Cullum lined a single into center field that brought home Burgess and Gomez. As Cullum headed for second, the Palm Beach catcher tried to throw him out, but the ball sailed into the gap in right center, and Cullum raced home with the winning run. 

"Not too many times do you score five in the ninth to win, said Head Coach Al Corbeil. "I wish we had played a better game all around, but we strung some good at-bats together late. Fortunately we were just good enough, and they misplayed a ball or two and that gave us a chance. We didn't play a good game but found a way to win. 

"The bullpen was outstanding today. Bermudez gave us four really good innings. They didn't get to expand the lead, and fortunately we came out on top." 

The Eagles took an early lead when Zach Biermann blasted a solo home run, his sixth of the season, in the bottom of the second. 

The Panthers answered with a run in the fourth on a walk, an error, and a bunt base hit. 

They added four runs in the fifth on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter. 

Starting pitcher Tommy Romero worked four-and-one-third innings. He allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out five. 

Jonathan Bermudez pitched three-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. He gave up one hit and no walks while recording eight strikeouts. 

Justin Tworek (3-1) picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out two in the ninth inning. 

For the game, the Eagles collected 10 hits. 

Cullum finished with a single, a double, a run, and two RBI. 

Burgess went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. 

Gomez had a single, a run, and an RBI. 

Frey, Gali, Warken, and Raudy Martinez each had a single. 

Tonight's win was the third in a row for Polk State. 

The Eagles (11-5, No. 9 FCSAA) return to action Saturday against Indian River State College at 1 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.

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