The Biloxi Shuckers (26-17) grabbed their second walk-off victory of the season in extra innings on Saturday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts (28-15) with a 3-2 win.
The Lookouts have a 3 1/2 game lead over second-place Jackson in the North Division, while Biloxi has a 3 1/2 game lead over Mobile in the South Divisioon
The Shuckers scored two runs to counter Chattanooga's one in the tenth frame to claim the win on a throwing error by Brian Navaretto.
This one was tied at 1-1 heading into extra innings and Tanner English cashed in the Lookouts’ “bonus runner” in the 10th to take the lead.
Tyler Jay came in to try and pick up the save in the bottom of the 10th inning. Things did not go well.
The inning started, with the runner already on second of course, with an infield single. That was followed by another single that scored the tying run. With runners on first and second with no outs, the next batter bunted. Navaretto committed a throwing error that allowed the game-winning run to score.
Omar Bencomo pitched a gem of a game and Cody Stashak added two perfect innings to go with three strikeouts.
Nick Gordon had a single, a walk and stole his sixth base.
Biloxi and Chattanooga meet again Sunday at 3:05 PM with Shucker's RHP Adrian Houser (0-1, 5.16) dueling the Lookouts' RHP Randy LeBlanc (6-1, 2.14).
Sunday's Game: 3-2 loss in ten innings
Chattanooga got on the board quickly thanks to a James Ramsey lead-off home run.
After Biloxi had tied it up in the third, the Lookouts bounced back in the next frame. Singles by Brent Rooker and Zander Wiel put runners on the corners with one out. Edgar Corcino would drive in Rooker with a ground out to second base to take back the lead.
Chattanooga went quiet from there. Wiel was the only hitter to have multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Rooker struck out in three of his four plate appearances. As a team, Chattanooga went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Randy LeBlanc started and went 3 1/3 innings by allowing one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked two. Out of his 64 pitches, 34 were for strikes.
Sam Clay finished off the fourth and then got two innings of his own. He didn’t allow a run on two hits with a couple strikeouts.
Todd Van Steensel got charged with his fourth blown save as he allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the eighth.
For the final two innings, Ryne Harper took over on the mound. He made it through the ninth unscathed but the tenth would be another story.
Chattanooga couldn’t take advantage of having a runner start on second base in the top of the frame.
Biloxi used a sacrifice bunt to move their runner from second to third. Then a walk-off single to the outfield scored the winning run. Because of the new extra inning rules, it doesn’t count as an earned run for Harper but he still is charged with the loss.