WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 6, 2017) – Chris Corbett knocked in a pair on a double in the eighth which proved to be the game winning hit as Rollins came from behind to beat Palm Beach Atlantic 5-4 on Saturday night.
The Tars improve to 26-19 and grab the series opener against PBA (25-22).
Peter Rivera (2-4) Eddie Vicinanza (2-4) led the ‘Fish offensively with Vincinanza also knocking in a run.
James Doherty picked up the win in relief, throwing the seventh inning and allowing no runs on two hits. Caleb Jakes got the save, sitting PBA down in order in the eighth and ninth while striking out four. Brad Case was the Tars starter, scattering eight hits and four runs with eight strikeouts.
Josh Turner started for PBA, surrendering five hits and three runs over the first seven innings. Kyle Polaski took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in the Tars eighth.
Rollins took control early as Grant Ashline led off the second with a single and was later brought home on a Mike Dolan sac fly. PBA tied the game 1-1 in the third behind a Vicinanza leadoff triple and Noah Johnson RBI.
The Tars fell into a 2-1 hole after PBA plated one in the fifth, but got it back in the top of the sixth on a Nicoletto single, stolen base and run off a Purcell RBI single.
PBA had three singles to start the sixth to score one and chase the Tars starter Case. Whit Drennan came in and drilled the next two batters to give PBA a 4-2 advantage heading into the late innings.
In the Tars eighth, Sam LaFontaine started with a singled and was backed up with an Isaiah Russell base knock. Nicoletto dropped an infield, RBI single to get the Tars to within one. Corbett then put the Tars on top with a laser down the leftfield line for a pair of RBIs and 5-4 Tars lead.
Jakes then came in and took care of business on the hill, sitting the next six Sailfish down in order for the two-inning save.
The two teams will close the series and PBA's season on Sunday, May, 7 with a doubleheader starting at Noon in West Palm Beach.