The Appleton Legends squeezed in its winning run in the ninth inning to get a win in its Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League opener in an exciting, if sloppy, contest Wednesday night. The final was 10-9 for the Legends in the first A’s game played under the new Wildwood Park lights.
Appleton put up seven runs in the fifth inning to take a seemingly safe 9-2 lead, but the A’s showed no signs of quitting as they charged back to a 9-9 tie after eight innings. Ryan Fields hit a clutch 2-out, 2-run, double in 3-run fifth, they manufactured two more in the sixth, and got the two they needed to tie the contest in the eighth.
The A’s bubble burst in the ninth when veteran Corey Watkins successfully executed the sacrifice bunt and drove in what proved to be the winning run for Appleton. The A’s had two on and only one out in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run in.
Jake Falish and Jimmy Juergenson had two hits for the A’s who managed only seven hits in the contest.
The 2019 season, presented by Meijer, continues tonight as the A’s head for Green Bay to take on the Storm. They then start a four-game home weekend series against the Lombard Orioles Saturday and Sunday.
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