Lookouts Rally Falls Short, Biloxi Wins 6-5

Friday, June 17, 2022 - by Joseph Dycus
Mike Siani ditched his helmet somewhere in between first and second base, and thrilled the Lookouts crowd of at least 4000 by barrelling into third with a bareheaded triple. With two outs and the Lookouts trailing 6-5, there were few players Chattanooga would've rather had at the plate than 2021 first round pick Matt McLain.

McLain gave the baseball a good rip to right, but he was outdone by a fellow top prospect.
Biloxi's Joe Wiemer tore into foul territory and snatched the ball from mid-air just as he was crashing into the wall. The Lookouts' rally from down 6-1 in the eighth inning came up short, to the chagrin of those watching and waiting for postgame fireworks.

Biloxi roughed up starting pitcher Eduardo Salazar in the third and fourth innings for three earned runs on five hits. Wiemer grounded into a fielder's choice RBI, and then Thomas Dillard doubled to Siani to score Wiemer to make it 2-0. 

Chattanooga put two runners on when Eric Yang and Siani walked to start the bottom half of the inning, and then they loaded the bases when McLain singled. Yang scored on a wild pitch, but Michael De Leon and TJ Hopkins struck and grounded out respectively to end the threat. 

Gabe Holt ended Salazar's night with a single to center that drove in Cam Devanney in the fourth, and then Sal Frelick drove a momentous single into right against Michael Byrne in the sixth to make it 5-1. Noah Campbell's RBI single against Julio Pinto finished the Shucker's scoring at six runs.

Then came an avalanche of Lookout runs on an unusually pleasant night (rain earlier in the day was to thank for that). Isiah Gilliam's fielder's choice turned into a runs scored when Dillard errantly threw the ball. 

Bad fielding continued to plague the Lookouts, with Michael De Leon reaching first on another fielding error, this time by Gabe Holt. The last two runs came when Alex McGarry doubled to center and drove in Gilliam and De Leon.

A pumped-up and emotional Pedro Garcia worked through a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the score at 6-5. In the end though, Biloxi took their third straight against the Lookouts. 


BOX SCORE:
BILOXI.                        002 102 010 - 6 12 2
CHATTANOOGA.         001 000 040 - 5  8 1

WP: BENNETT
LP: SALAZAR

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