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Crazy Eight! Winter Garden uses 10-run sixth to win eighth in a row

A ten-run sixth inning propelled the Winter Garden Squeeze to a 15-8 victory over the Sanford River Rats Friday night in Winter Garden.

The inning saw 16 hitters step into the box that drew nine walks, notched three hits and added a hit-by-pitch. The Rats used four pitchers during the marathon inning as well. 14 hitters into the inning, the Squeeze had a 1.000 batting average with only one out recorded from a sac-fly.

To start the game, the Squeeze put the first runs on the board in the first inning. The first two runs of the game came off an error at third for the Rats. Zack Stokes (West Florida) brought around Todd Clay (UAB) with an RBI single to center.

The Rats responded and put up three of their own in the second to knot up the contest at three apiece. Sanford grabbed the lead in the fourth with a sac-fly and added one more in the sixth to carry a 5-3 lead into the bottom half. Little did everyone know that we would embark on a 35- minute journey in the bottom of the sixth when the Squeeze put up the ten runs.

Titan Kamaka (Mercer) was a home run away from the cycle. In his final at-bat, the shortstop blasted one that hit the top of the wall, maybe two feet down, to notch a double. Kamaka ended the night 4-5 while scoring twice.

Zack Stokes reached safely in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with three walks, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Stokes is now hitting .378 with 15 RBIs in 45 at-bats. Last summer, Stokes had six RBIs in 61 at-bats.

Although it was a lopsided victory, it wasn’t the cleanest game defensively for Winter Garden. The Squeeze made three errors in the field and issued seven walks of their own, along with four hit-by-pitches.

Corey Battey (Prairie View) recorded the win in a relief appearance for Winter Garden. In his second appearance of the season, the southpaw threw two innings allowing one run on no hits, striking out three and walking three hitters. Drew Cashin (Enterprise State) had a great appearance to finish the game, throwing two innings without allowing a run or hit, striking out two hitters and walking none.

The victory marks the Squeeze’s eighth victory in a row and 15 days since the team has lost. The Squeeze have now also won over half their games this year during the streak. During the streak, the Squeeze have outscored opponents 72-30.

The Squeeze have a chance to extend the win streak to ten games Saturday while hosting a doubleheader against the Leesburg Lightning. The Squeeze’s win streak started with two victories during a doubleheader against the Lightning in Leesburg. First pitch from West Orange high school is set for 4:30 pm EST.

This article first appeared at FloridaLeague.com. It was written by Squeeze Communications Intern, Riley Kelton (Auburn University).

The Winter Garden Squeeze are a wood bat league for college students. The Squeeze are a community-minded, summer collegiate baseball team in Winter Garden, FL. They are proud members of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Est. 2014

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