ADRIAN, Mich. – Senior Braydon Gomes had the chance to play hero on Wednesday afternoon and delivered a one-out, walk-off single to center with the bases loaded for a 6-5 win over Siena Heights. The Bulldogs improved to 5-4 overall with the win and picked up their first home win of the season. Adrian carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth inning when the Saints scored three times to tie the game at 5-5. The Bulldogs have had leads in all four of their losses earlier this season and this time came back to pull out the victory.
Both teams exchanged runs in the second inning as the Saints scored an unearned run after a single by Drew Milligan which was misplayed in center field by Sam Fischer. The Bulldogs scored a run against Wes Sorenson as Siena Heights used one pitcher in each of the nine innings. Mitch Stefanski singled to right with one out and then Tommy Eng collected his first hit of the season which was a triple down the right field line to tie the game at 1-1.
The teams also traded runs in the fourth inning as Milligan collected his second single of the game with this one driving in a run against Jordan Frayer. Frayer got the start and went five innings in a no-decision. He allowed six hits and one earned run with a walk and four strikeouts. Adrian tied the game at 2-2 off Matt King for the Saints. Dan Heatherly was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Stefanski followed with a walk. R.J. Rios laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners over a base. Hayden Craig then had a two-out RBI single off King on a line drive which scored Heatherly.
The big blow of the game came in the fifth inning for the Bulldogs as Heatherly launched his first home run of the season which was a three-run shot to center off Kyle Burkholder. Ryan Dorow reached on a single and Drew Shutes walked before the one-out blast.
The Saints scored three times in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Gunnar Glodich came into the game as Adrian's second pitcher and went 2.1 innings with two strikeouts. Nolan Herendeen had a RBI single and Marcus Stewart had a sacrifice fly to get the Saints within one. Zack Dunlop entered the game in the bottom of the seventh as a defensive replacement at catcher and in his first at-bat singled home the tying run through the left side. Tommy Eng entered the game after Cody Hamilton gave up a pair of hits and got a pop-out with two runners on base to end the inning.
Adrian entered the ninth inning and Ben Finn came into pitch for the Saints. John Joseph had a pinch-hit walk and Travis Potter entered as a pinch runner. Ian Mikowski sacrificed Potter to second with a bunt back to the mound. Dorow was intentionally walked and then Jeff Gertley in his first at-bat of the game hit an infield single to shortstop to load the bases. Brayden Gomes then took a 2-1 pitch to deep center for the walk-off RBI single. Eng got the win improving to 1-1 overall while Finn falls to 2-1 on the mound. Dorow went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored. Heatherly finished 2-for-3 with a double to go along with his home run as Adrian totaled 10 hits on the day.