Diamond Hoppers Rally in Ninth, Defeat Unicorns 4-3
UTICA, Mich. – Left-handed relief pitcher Rabon Martin threw 3.0 strong innings, striking out five and CJ Huntley drove in the game-tying run as the Eastside Diamond Hoppers (8-8) scored two runs in the ninth inning and one in the 10th inning to defeat the Utica Unicorns (11-6), 4-3 (10), on a great Father’s Day celebration at Jimmy John’s Field.
RHP Tyler Tomaka held the Unicorns off the scoreboard in the top of the 10th inning and struck out three. With a runner on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule, the Diamond Hoppers benefited from two wild pitches as pinch runner Daniel Valerio scored the game-winning run.
RHP Ty Hensley made the start for the Unicorns, throwing 4.0 innings, allowing one hit and fanned three. Eastside’s Bradley Thoutt had a strong start as well, tossing 6.0 innings, striking out four and allowed two runs.