Eagles outlast Lake-Sumter in extra innings to win home opener

Evan Johnson and Miles Simington celebrate after Simington scored the winning run in Polk State's 7-6 14-inning win over Lake-Sumter on Opening Day. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Evan Johnson and Miles Simington celebrate after Simington scored the winning run in Polk State's 7-6 14-inning win over Lake-Sumter on Opening Day. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

After 14 innings and more than five hours, Polk State won its home opener last night, defeating Lake-Sumter State College 7-6

Trent Sinkfield's two-out line drive hit the pitcher and brought home Miles Simington from third base with the winning run. 

Billy McKay got the win, pitching a scoreless 14th inning. 

The Eagles tallied 13 hits, 13 walks, and 13 strikeouts. 

Polk State took a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning, but the Lakehawks rallied for three runs to tie the game. 

The Eagles loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth but failed to score. 

They put the potential winning run on base in the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th innings before finally scoring the game-winner in the 14th

"It's always nice to get a win at home on Opening Day," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. 

"Nothing like playing a 'single doubleheader' in one night when we have two more games in the next two days. 

"It was a game of some good pitching performances at times by both teams, some very bad base running, and a lack of the big hit. But we finally got the big hit there with Trent. 

"We just about emptied our bench and had pitchers playing the field and everything else.  Everybody got some experience tonight. They got their feet wet, that's for sure. " 

After Lake-Sumter jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Eagles responded with a run in the bottom of the frame. Sam Koruschak led off with a single to left, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a fielder's choice, and scored when Zach Scott's grounded out. 

With the Lakehawks took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, Polk State answered with two runs in the sixth, two more in the seventh, and one in the eighth. 

Simington went 3-for-7 with two doubles, two runs, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. 

In seven at bats Sinkfield singled, doubled, walked, scored twice and drove in the game-winning run. 

Zach Scott had four walks, a run, and an RBI. 

Nico Limoncelli collected three RBI, a single and a triple, a walk, and a stolen base. 

Danny Berg had a single, a sacrifice, a walk, and an RBI.

Pat Doudican started on the mound for the Eagles. In three innings he allowed two runs on two hits, walking three and striking out three. 

Working in relief were Julio Blanco (two innings, one run), Bryce Van Horn (two scoreless innings), Chavez Fernander (two innings, three runs, three hits), Evan Johnson (four scoreless innings), and McKay (one shutout inning). 

The Eagles (1-0, No. 7 FCSAA, No. 12 NJCAA) face Eastern Florida (0-1, No. 9 FCSAA) today at 1 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.

 

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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