After opening up a six-run lead midway through, it took some late-game heroics for the Providence Wolverines to overcome a pesky Brigham City squad, 8-7 on Tuesday in Northern Utah League action.
“What a scare there for a little while, I thought we had the game handled,” said Providence outfielder Matt Stranski. “Then they came out and hit the ball really well. Lucky we were able to pull it out there in the last inning.”
After falling behind 1-0 on an error in the third inning, the Wolverines used consecutive big innings to open a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning.
Brad Singer and Stranski put the Wolverines ahead with back-to-back home runs in the fourth, and Singer added a double in the fifth then scored on Stranski’s RBI-triple and Providence led comfortably.
“I see a fastball, I see a curveball, I swing and hope it goes,” Singer said. “That’s my approach that I go with and it worked out for me.”
Singer finished 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run, just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Peaches stormed back on the bat of Brayden Jorgensen.
An single, a beaned batter and a walk loaded the bases for Jorgensen in the sixth, and Jorgensen launched a line drive home run over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 7-6 before Providence pitcher Jeff Schiffman was able to work out of a jam.
“It’s big swing of momentum,”Stranski said. “We came in and went three up and three down. all of the sudden momentum went to their dugout.”
Down to its final three outs, Brigham City surged into the lead in the seventh with a 2-RBI double off the center field wall.
Unfortunately for the Peaches, Providence had one more shot.
Stranski picked up his third hit of the night with a leadoff single, and three batters later scored to tie the game before the Wolverines won in walkoff fashion with a single down the left field line.
“I think we got just a little too complacent, shot ourselves in the foot,” Singer said. “We made a couple mental errors. We came back and picked up the save and got a couple runs though. We understand baseball isn’t over until that last out.”
Providence improved to 8-1 this season, winning its eighth straight game after dropping its season opener. Brigham City fell to 3-7 overall this season.
The teams meet again Thursday in Providence, the third game in four nights for the Wolverines after they travel to face Smithfield on Tuesday.
Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.