Otters down Aviators with walk-off home run

Staff Report

The Evansville Otters defeated the Rockford Aviators with a walk-off home run Wednesday night in what was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader at Bosse Field. Heavy rain toward the end of game one ended the hopes of a doubleheader and game two was rescheduled for today.

The Otters got out to an early lead in the first with an early run against Aviator starter Payton Baskette. The Aviators tied it up in the third, loading the bases with no outs ahead of Devon Rodriguez, who drew a walk to bring in Raul Linares.

Evansville was able to add another in the fourth and led 2-1 heading to the sixth, when Josh Davis equalized the score by hitting his first professional home run over the left field wall. The Aviators would then take the lead in the top of the seventh and final inning on an RBI by Brian Bistagne that once again scored Linares.

The victory was not to be though, as the Otters got a man on in the bottom of the seventh by a walk from Aviators closer Patrick Dolan. Kurt Wertz, Jr. then came to the plate for the home team, and as a heavy rain started to fall at Bosse Field, Wertz hit a home run to right center field that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Otter win. It was the first walk-off win for the team at Bosse Field this year.

Plans to start game two a half hour after the first game were quickly put on hold as the rain continued to fall in Evansville. Roughly 25 minutes after game one went final, the decision was made to reschedule the second game for today.

The Aviators and Otters will finish their series with a doubleheader today beginning at 5:35 p.m.

Tony Rizzotti and Roberto Padilla are expected to start for the Aviators.

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