Monarchs Gold beat the Trojans on Tuesday night in a nail biter that was just one strike away from extra innings. It took a walk-off single from Corey Lehman to finally seal the deal. Frustrated with his 0-3 performance so far in the game, Lehman stepped up to the plate with the winning run on third and two outs. Two pitches later Ricky Lizcano was coming home and Lehman had belted a walk-off single into left for a 4-3 win.
The Monarchs struck first in this game, in the bottom of the fourth. Adam Yunker started the inning with a single, and promptly stole second. Brett Howard followed with an RBI double that directly hit third base and took a favorable bounce into left field. After Phil Brua walked, and Brian Bilius was hit by a pitch, Lizcano came up with the bases loaded and brought home Howard with an RBI single of his own. With the bases still loaded, the Monarchs were unable however to tack on a few extras leaving the damage done at 2-0.
Lehman reached base in the bottom of the fifth on a fielding error by the Trojan third baseman and immediately stole second on the first pitch, getting into scoring position. Yunker brought him home with an RBI single to bring the score to 3-0 after five.
The Monarchs were led by most of this game by a strong pitching performance from Cory Hornyak. He cruised through the first five innings scattering four hits for zero runs, while striking out six. Hornyak ran into some trouble however in the top of the sixth, as he allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk to tie the game up at 3-3.
That score carried us into the bottom of the seventh where Lehman’s heroics brought their league leading 16th win of the season.
Gold’s next game will be Thursday night against Black Swamp.