Fishers Island Rallies To Beat South Coast in NCBL Action
By: Thomas Zinzarella
Newport, RI—Heading into the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, it was starting to look like Southcoast Health was going to pick up its second win of the season against Fishers Island Lemonade as they held a 4-1 lead.
Fishers Island had a different idea. After Monty Horn (Kennesaw St) recorded the first out in the ninth, Billy Butler (Rhode Island) stepped up to the dish and smacked a solo-home run over the centerfield fence. That wouldn’t be the end for the Fishers Island offense in the inning as two batters later, Blaine Lindsky (Stonehill) deposited a ball in the exact the same spot as Butlers home run ball a few pitches earlier.
After Rob Butler (Rhode Island) gets hit by a pitch, Jared Grossguth (Bryant) belts a ball into the left-center field gap that almost gets out of the ballpark. Grossguth reaches on the error and Butler who represented the tying run, races around third to score.
The rally was then capped off by Cristian Mercedes (SNHU) who singled in the go-ahead run to make it a 5-4 lead. Ryan Benum (Tampa) would close things out the ninth to secure the win over Southcoast Health.
“We feel like our squad (Fishers Island) is just as good as everybody else’s” Billy Butler said after the game Sunday. “Everybody is pretty locked in and just trying to get a win…we were trying to do everything we could in that last inning.”
The win on Sunday snapped a six-game losing skid for Frank Holbrooks club and positions them back into the middle of the standings once again as Fishers Island improves to 2-6 on the season while Southcoast Health falls to 2-6. These two squads will square off again on Thursday at 1pm.
– Both of Fishers Island’s wins have come against Southcoast Health this season. Fishers Island won on opening day 5-2.
– Max Marcotte (Belmont) made his NCBL debut this afternoon for Fishers Island, he pitched two innings and struck out four.
– Coming into today, Fishers Island had just four home runs on the season. They hit two in the ninth inning alone.