PAWTUCKET --- If Tuesday night’s game proved anything, it’s that, in baseball, a team should always play until the final out. Whenever a team is considered down and out, as long as three outs haven’t been recorded in the last inning, a team can still come out victorious.
Even though their backs were against the wall, it was the Elmwood Sports FisherCats’ hearts that prevailed in Tuesday’s miraculous victory over the Warwick PAL. The FisherCats certainly saved their best for last, as they scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Warwick, 3-2.
The win evens the FisherCats’ record at 4-4.
The FisherCats’ Riley White was the hero in Tuesday’s amazing comeback, smashing a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Bryan Quinlan sparked the rally with an RBI single of his own, and he was phenomenal from the hill as well, pitching a complete game and striking out 12 batters.
“It just shows how much heart these guys have.” FisherCats head coach Jim LaRose proudly said. “They always fight to the very end, and I will always admire them for that.”
This was certainly a pitchers’ duel, as both arms were on full display. In addition to Quinlan’s solid effort, Warwick pitcher Brian Palerino shined as well. He struck seven batters while pitching a complete game.
Warwick struck in the top of the third. After a couple of mental mistakes in the field by the FisherCats, Warwick’s Joe Palidate drove in his team’s first run with an RBI single.
However, with Warwick threatening to score more, the FisherCats caught them sleeping on the basepaths. Quinlan and his infield were able to pick off two runners to end Warwick’s threat to add to its lead.
Warwick extended its lead in the top of the fifth. The FisherCats tried to pick off another runner, this time on third base, but due to a wild throw, the visitors were able to double their lead.
The FisherCats had plenty of opportunities to score throughout the game, but due to two key double plays turned by Warwick in the fourth and sixth innings, the hosts came up scoreless.
But with the game on the line, the FisherCats’ determination and perseverance paid off. After three walks were followed by two quick outs, Quinlan came through with his run-scoring single. Then after a bases-loaded walk, White completed the remarkable comeback with his RBI single to right field.
Despite the victory, LaRose knows his team has to improve and play a complete game of baseball if they plan to continue to compete.
“Execution is really important for us to improve upon,” LaRose said. “These young guys are learning, and we can really be successful if we can play an entire game.”