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Baseball: ThunderBolts split pair with Southern Illinois Miners

Updated: May 28, 2014 11:45PM



As the son of Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the Windy City ThunderBolts’ Matt Scioscia knows a good baseball team when he sees it.

He thinks there’s something special about the T-Bolts’ squad.

“We’re fighters,” he said. “I think that’s a trademark of our team. We don’t go down easily. We never quit. We know how to battle back.”

The T-Bolts showed that Wednesday night, battling back from a late 4-0 deficit in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Scioscia provided the game-winning hit in the 10th inning as Windy City topped the Southern Illinois Miners 5-4 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.

The Miners (4-7) held off another rally from Windy City (7-4) for a 9-5 win in the nightcap.

In the opener, Scioscia came to the plate in the 10th with a runner on second base — Kyle Robinson, via a double — and two outs. He lined a 1-and-2 pitch from Matt Miller down the right-field line for the winner.

“I was just trying to stay within myself a bit,” Scioscia said. “I had some hard-hit balls earlier and had nothing to show for it. I was just looking for a pitch I could handle and I got one.”

The game, which began Tuesday before being suspended because of rain, was resumed with the T-Bolts trailing 3-0 in the third inning.

It was 4-0 Miners before Windy City responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Doug Joyce started the rally with a two-run homer. After a third run scored on a wild pitch, Robinson doubled home the tying run.

Daniel Carela (1-0) worked a scoreless 10th for the win.

Andrew Brauer went 3-for-4 in the game while Mike Torres and Ryan Soares each had a pair of hits in five at-bats for the T-Bolts.

Southern Illinois scored three times in the second inning in the nightcap. After the T-Bolts got a run back on a Brauer RBI single in the bottom of the second, Aaron Gates’ two-run homer in the third made it 5-1.

The Miners added three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

T-Bolts starter Daniel Cropper (1-2) lasted just three-plus innings, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits.

In a four-run Windy City sixth, Max White (2-for-3) and Brauer (3-for-3) provided RBI singles and Scioscia a two-run base hit.

Windy City signed three players before the game: pitcher Jordan Mejia, outfielder Ty Stetson and third baseman Brandon Hohl. Hohl is a Lincoln-Way East and Illinois product.

Dyllon Nuernberg was returned to the injured list while David Kuhne left the team.



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