The Rome Thunderbolts picked up their 21st victory of the season in dramatic fashion on Thursday night in front of their home fans during a 5-4 victory over New York Collegiate Baseball League East Division rival the Utica Brewers.
Tied at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Rome’s Dan Scahill opened up with a base hit, reached second on an error, followed by two consecutive outs before Geoff Kimmel roped a double down the right field line bringing in Scahill to win it for the Thunderbolts.
With the win, the ‘Bolts have stormed to a 21-12 overall mark this season.
Ryan Burnett, Chris Robinson, Scahill, and Kimmel all had two hits apiece, while Sweeney knocked in two runs and Kriss knocked in one.
Burnett stole two bases and leads the club with 26 swipes.
Rome starting pitcher Mike Korevec pitched seven innings allowing three runs, two earned on six hits, one walk and no strikeouts in a no decision effort.
Kenny Frosch pitched the final two innings giving up one run on two hits in picking up the win.
The first place in the East Division Brewers, 27-7 overall, saw Armondo Guiterrez tie the score at 4-all with a two RBI double in the top of the eighth inning, but they couldn’t hold off Rome as Phil Kish was hit with the pitching loss in relief.
Rome will face off against the Brewers for the final time this regular season tonight beginning at 7 o’clock at Donovan Stadium.
The ‘Bolts return home on Saturday with a doubleheader against the Alfred Thunder at noon and again on Sunday at 1 o’clock in a single game against the Oneonta Outlaws at DeLutis Field.
Sherrill falls at home
In other NYCBL East Division action, the Sherrill Silversmiths pitchers allowed three home runs, including one in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie, while opposing pitcher Cam Ellis turned in a solid eight inning gem for the visiting Syracuse Salt Cats during a 6-4 win at Noyes Park in Sherrill.
The Silversmiths dropped to 8-24 overall after the setback.
Rosenbaums’ two run blast came in the ninth inning that broke a 4-all tie, scoring Ethan Braddock.
Ellis went the first eight innings and garnered three earned runs off eight hits and four walks, while Teddy Hart pitched a scoreless ninth to grab the victory.
The Salt Cats moved to 9-24 with the win.
For the Silversmiths, Matt Elko and Mike Sherlock each had home runs, as Sherlock finished with two RBIs. Taylor Sewell also drove in a run.
Jon Stevens was hit with the loss on the hill after he gave up three earned runs off six hits and two walks. He struck out three in seven innings of work.
Sherrill takes on the Syracuse Junior Chiefs tonight at Hopkins Road Park beginning at 5.