Monday, June 22, 2009

Bobcats beat Greyhounds in bottom of 9th

Catcher Drew Williams ended a six-game skid by the Bobcats with walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over visiting Union City.

Paul Chiampa earned his first win of the year in relief for Marion, moving the Bobcats to 5-19 with an off-day on Tuesday. Pitching the ninth inning for the Greyhounds with the score knotted at 5, Matt Corcoran took the loss by giving up Williams' game-winning hit.
The Bobcats led most of the night, but allowed Union City to tie the game in the eighth when four runs scored off Mike Rizzuto, an outfielder who made his first appearance on the mound Monday. Marion had built a 5-1 lead off Rob Dyer's RBI double in the first and a four-run fourth led by a two-RBI single from Andrew Harris. 
Dyer and Harris have been the biggest run-producers for the Bobcats thus far. Dyer leads the team with 11 RBI, followed by Harris with eight. Dyer, batting .333, also ranks third in the league in average among hitters with 25 at-bats or more.
But in the ninth, Dyer popped to first with Harris on second, leaving the heroics Monday for someone else. Harris had reached with a walk to lead off the inning and was moved to second on a Jake Martin sacrifice bunt. Williams, batting only .106 on the season, lined a Corcoran pitch to left with two out to easily score Harris for the victory.
After a few hitting pointers from General Manager Gordon Guess last week, Williams' bat has shown signs of coming alive in the last week, hitting the team's first home run of the season last Wednesday and adding tonight's game-winning hit. Before being injured after only four games last season with the Bobcats, the western Kentucky nativet was batting .400.
Because of a double header rained out at Owensboro, last-place Marion picked up a game on everyone except Sikeston, who beat Tradewater 8-7.