Sunday, Jul 16
Washington Wild Things
Y’alls Hang On in Dramatic Series-Clinching Win
FLORENCE, KY – The Florence Y’alls (23-31), presented by Towne Properties, scored their first series win in six tries with a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Washington Wild Things (23-31) on Sunday.
Coming off an 18-6 loss, Florence quickly roared into gear in the first inning of Game 3. The Y’alls pounced on Washington starter Justin Showalter (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) for a three-run first. After second baseman Tristin Garcia walked to lead off the game, left fielder Lane Hoover and designated hitter Craig Massey both followed with singles to load the bases. Shortstop Brian Fuentes then singled home Garcia before first baseman Harrison DiNicola singled home another run. Right fielder Ray Zuberer grounded out to score Massey from third and cap the rally in the first. Florence would carry its 3-0 lead into the fourth inning.
In the fourth, the Y’alls added another run when Ray Zuberer singled to lead off, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Washington catcher J.C. Santini. With Zuberer at third, catcher Cooper Edwards grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Zuberer and increase the Y’alls’ lead to 4-0. Washington scored in the sixth when first baseman Andrew Czech hit a solo home run, but that was all the Wild Things could muster against Florence starter Jake McMahill (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) during a quality start.
The Wild Things chipped away at the Florence lead against the Y’alls’ bullpen. Lefthander Kent Klyman surrendered back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, first to shortstop Abraham Sequera and then to right fielder Anthony Brocato. The latter homer made it 4-3 Y’alls. Klyman worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before the Y’alls added an insurance run in the home half. Craig Massey’s third home run of the year led off the inning versus Washington righthander Lukas Young and increased Florence’s lead to 5-3.
Florence righthander Brian McKenna allowed a run to score in the ninth and put the tying run on base with nobody out, but Washington left fielder Wagner Lagrange hit into a double play to end the threat. McKenna locked down the save and handed the Y’alls their first rubber match victory of the year.
Florence finishes the regular season series with a 7-2 record versus Washington. The Y’alls now travel East for their last six-game road trip of the year, beginning with the trip opener at New Jersey on Teusday, July 18th. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. ET.
The Florence Y’alls are Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, and are proud members of the independent Frontier League, an MLB Partner League. With a purposeful focus on entertaining our fans, the Y’alls provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Y’alls home games are played at Thomas More Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. More details can be found online at florenceyalls.com (http://florenceyalls.com/) or by phone at (859) 594-4487.