Minerva wins in walk-off fashion against Salem


Minerva's Joshua Smith throws a Salem runner out at first base. (JMN Photo | Jordan Miller)
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Minerva stole a win away from Salem on Wednesday evening, defeating the Quakers 3-2 with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Lions scored their first runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Salem got on the board with a run in both the third and fourth innings to tie the contest at 2-2.

No runs were scored in the fifth or sixth innings. The game remained tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Minerva’s Braydon Wood was patient in the box and drew a lead-off walk. Aiden Thomas moved the winning run to third base with a double, moving Wood to third and himself to second.

Ashtin McCrobie loaded the bases with a bunt.

Isiah Frazier stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. He sent a single out to right center, allowing Wood to score from third base and giving Minerva a 3-2 win.

“It was a great performance and a huge team effort.  I love how they battled when things didn’t go our way,” said Minerva Head Coach Troy Richeson. “This was a much-needed morale boost after two tough losses.”

Frazier also had a strong outing on the mound, pitching six innings and striking out six batters. Peyton Rich entered the game in the seventh inning, striking out one batter and allowing no hits.

Frank Common and Logan Frigyes each recorded two hits apiece for Minerva. In addition to his hits, Frigyes recorded two RBIs for the Lions.

Other Minerva players recording hits were: Frazier, Peyton Rich, Joshua Smith, and Thomas.

The Lions move to 4-5 on the season with the win.