ValleyCats win in sudden death


WASHINGTON, Pa. Jesus Lujano grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Juan Silverio with the game-winning run in the sudden-death 11th inning Wednesday to give the Tri-City ValleyCats a 2-1 Frontier League victory over the Washington Wild Things.

The league adopted a new extra-innings rule this season. If a game is tied after nine innings, the two teams will play one inning with a runner starting on second. If the 10th inning ends in a tie, the two teams face off in sudden death. The home manager decides whether his team will field or hit. The hitting team starts with a runner, the last recorded out, on first base. If the team in the field records three outs, they win. If the team hitting scores, they win.

Washington manager Tom Vaeth chose to play defense. Silverio singled, and Carson McCusker followed with a double. Pavin Parks was walked with one out, bringing up Lujano. He hit a grounder to short. The Wild Things got Parks at second, but were unable to throw out Lujano.

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