C.J. Beatty hit a dramatic two-run home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning to give the Washington Wild Things a 6-5 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers in Frontier League action Tuesday.
Beatty’s home run, his eighth of the season, drove in Garrett Rau, who singled after Daniel Poma struck out to begin the inning.
The lead changed hands three times before Beatty hit his home run. The Crusher had taken a 5-4 lead after scoring three times in the sixth inning. Vincent Mejia provided one run when he smacked a solo home run and Zach Bricknell smashed a two-run shot after two were out that followed a double by Matt Dickason.
Washington broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth by scoring two runs. The big hit came with the bases loaded. Maxx Garrett knocked in two runs with a single with one out in the inning.
Lake Erie built an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Juan Sanchez opened the inning with a double, moved the third on a groundout and scored on a single by Andrew Davis. Anderson Hidalgo walked, moving Davis to second, and Hidalgo brought him home with a single to make it 2-0.
Washington tied the game in the top of the second. Stewart Ijames led off the inning with a home run, his third of the season. Yeury Tejada doubled, one of his four hits in the game, and scored on a single by John Brandmaier.
The two teams combined for 29 hits. Tejada and Beatty, who had three, combined for seven. Rau, Poma and Ijames each had two. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit for Lake Erie.
Alfonso Yevoli pitched two shutout innings in relief to get the win and Jon Kountis got the save.
Jordan McCoy, the fourth of five pitchers, took the loss for Lake Erie.