-After battling for 11 innings, the Washington Wild Things, pulled away with a 4-3 victory over the Windy City Thunderbolts at CONSOL Energy Park Friday night. On the mound, Washington’s Scott Dunn (1-1) earned a no decision. Dunn pitched seven complete innings, six of which were scoreless. The starter allowed one run off three hits and blanked three batters before leaving the game after the seventh inning. Teammate Alfonso Yevoli walked away with the win for Washington while Thunderbolts hurler Jordan Mejia took the loss for Windy City.
Washington gained Dunn an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as shortstop Garrett Rau reached home on a throw to second base by Windy City catcher Doug Joyce. However, Windy City made up for the run the following at bat when designated hitter Kyle Robinson knotted the score at one off a solo homerun.
It wasn’t until six innings later that the 1-1 tie was broken by Windy City in the eighth inning. Joyce and leftfielder Ty Steson both drove in a run each to give the Thunderbolts their first lead of the contest, 3-1.
Washington was able to answer quickly off the bat of C.J. Beatty. The designated hitter belted a two-run bomb, his fifth of the year, to tie the score once again 3-3.
Defensively, Carter Bell had an outstanding night for Washington as he robbed the Windy City Thunderbolts of what could be tagged as the go-ahead run in the ninth.
After a scoreless ninth inning the two teams headed into extra-innings deadlocked at three. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 11th inning that Washington’s Stewart Ijames drove in Rau on a walk-off double to end the game.
Washington and Windy City meet for game two of the series Saturday in a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a rally towel sponsored by ServiceLink.