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Squeeze bats come alive late in 7-3 victory over Rats

The Winter Garden Squeeze scored six of their seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings against the Sanford River Rats to win 7-3 Sunday night in Winter Garden.

“We won a game yesterday. We win today, that’s two in a row. If we win tomorrow that’s called a winning streak,” said James Gammon as Lou Brown in the movie “Major League II.”

For the Squeeze, they won’t have to wait to “win tomorrow” as the victory puts them on a win streak, just a day removed from winning their first back-to-back games all season.

Although it was a victory, it certainly wasn’t an easy one. The Rats left the bases loaded three different times in the ball game and didn’t score a single run during the innings. Two of the frames were the first two innings, which could have potentially changed the trajectory of the game.

Andrew Furey (Florida Southern) was the man on the hill for the Squeeze that got out of the two jams early on. Furey was able to get a 4-6-3 double play to end inning one and strikeout followed by a pop out to end the second. Furey finished his outing tossing four innings with one earned on five strikeouts and five hits.

Winter Garden scored a run in the home half of the first. After a Garrett Byrd (Valdosta State) double moved Garrett Rusch (Bellarmine) to third, Titan Kamaka (undecided) hit a sacrifice-fly. Nico Banez (Dartmouth) bunted for a single to lead-off the third inning which would be the last hit for the Squeeze, until the seventh.

In the meantime, Sanford would plate three runs of their own to take a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh. Back-to-back doubles with two outs in the third would bring in the first run. The Rats got their final two runs off separate sac-flies in the sixth and seventh frames.

However, the home half of the seventh is when Winter Garden’s offense came to life. The Squeeze first three hitters all reached base to load the bases. Mees Robberse (Allen County CC) came in to pinch-hit with one out and sent a line drive to left field, that one hopped the wall for a game-tying two RBI-double.

After knocking in the go-ahead run in extras the night before, Garrett Byrd got the chance to play “hero” again and he came through with an RBI knock into left to push the Squeeze into the lead and they never looked back. Winter Garden added three more insurance runs in the eighth from the bats of Max McClusky (Embry-Riddle), Cole Resetar (Pace) and Tripp Landers (Florida SouthWestern)

Sanford wasn’t going down with a fight however, they decided to load the bases one last time in the ball game. Jose Aragort (undecided) was able to strand all three runners and push the Squeeze a game over .500 at the halfway point of the season.

The Squeeze won’t return into action until Thursday against Orlando due to the NACSB Prospect Games in Lynchburg, Virginia, that the Florida League is playing in. Winter Garden will be represented by Ben Maskin, Mees Robberse, Garrett Byrd and Mark Chapa in Virginia.

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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