West Palm Beach, Fla.--- The Marauders (32-21, 67-51) and the Jupiter Hammerheads (26-27, 61-58) for the penultimate game of a six-game series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Astros and Nationals, on a perfect Friday night for baseball on the Atlantic coast. Bradenton
West Palm Beach, Fla.--- The Marauders (32-21, 67-51) and the Jupiter Hammerheads (26-27, 61-58) for the penultimate game of a six-game series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Astros and Nationals, on a perfect Friday night for baseball on the Atlantic coast. Bradenton rallied late but fell a lone run short of another miraculous comeback with a final score of 8-7.
Marauders starter Dominic Perachi tossed three innings in his 16th start of the year, giving up four earned runs from three hits and three walks. Perachi did not take a loss in the game, as the Marauders led for a short while after he exited the game.
In the bottom of the first, Perachi walked two and hit a batter to load the bases with just one out in the inning. A single from Brock Vradenburg, followed by a sacrifice fly from Jake DeLeo, put the Hammerheads up 2-0 after only one inning played.
The Young Bucs offense came to life in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs thanks to bases loaded run-scoring walk drawn by Geovanny Planchart and an RBI groundout off the bat of Mitch Jebb.
Jupiter scored a pair in the bottom of the third inning to reclaim their two-run lead to enter the middle innings on top by 4-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, a sac fly off the bat of Cal Mitchell. An RBI double from Rodolfo Nolasco allowed the Marauders to tie the game again, this time at four a piece.
The Marauders took their first lead of the night in the top of the sixth innings thanks to an RBI triple from outfielder Sergio Campana to make it 5-4 good guys.
The Hammerheads scored two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to carry an 8-5 advantage into the ninth inning.
With one out in the top of the ninth and a man on base, top 30 prospect Lonnie White Jr. smashed a two-run home run to left to pull the Marauders within a run.
Down to their final strike in the game a few batters later, Rodolfo Nolasco singled to put the tying run on base, with Charles McAdoo called upon to pinch hit off the bench.
McAdoo put a swinging bunt in play up the third base line, which was fielded by the Hammerheads pitcher and thrown down the first base line, allowing the tying run to score for Bradenton. Still, the celebration was short-lived, as the play was called dead. McAdoo was charged with interference and called out, ending the game in a stunning 8-7 loss for the Marauders.
The series finale is set for Sunday at Noon.