BURLINGTON, N.C. – The Burlington Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and two runs in the 11th with the game winner coming on a walk-off single by William Hancock scoring Maikel Garcia for a 7-6 win Friday night.
In the bottom of the first, leadoff batter John Rave reached base on an Anthony Volpe throwing error. Makel Garcia followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a balk and scored on two groundouts to put the Royals up 2-0.
The score remained the same until the fifth inning when Spencer Henson led off with his team leading fourth home run. With two outs, Roberto Chirinos singled and scored on a Volpe triple to tie the score. A fielding error by first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino on an Oliver Dunn grounder allowed Volpe to score the go-ahead run.
In the top of the eighth, Ryder Green reached base on an error and Saul Torres walked. Henson loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch and Chad Bell and Robert Javier each received free passes forcing in two runs to put Pulaski up 5-2.
After striking out the side in the eighth inning, reliever Hayden Wesneski gave up a two-run double to Pasquantino followed by a two-out fielding error by Chirinos that allowed the tying run and force extra innings.
The Yankees had a great opportunity to regain the lead in the 10th when they loaded the bases with one out, but Chad Bell struck out and Robert Javier flew out to quell the rally.
In the 11th the Yankees regained the lead when Robert Javier was placed on second as part of the new “pace-of-play” rule and scored on a throwing error when stealing third.
The two teams will meet Saturday at 6:30 p.m for the final game of the three-game series. at Burlington Athletic Stadium.