EASTLAKE, Ohio – Logan Vick’s three-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Lake County Captains to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night. The Dragons took a 3-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth before Lake County rallied for the win.
The loss dropped the Dragons to four games behind the wildcard leader, West Michigan, with eight games to play in the first half.
Lake County’s winning rally began when Nellie Rodriguez led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right field. Dragons reliever Scott Brattvet then walked Eric Haase, and after Grant Fink’s sacrifice, Dorssys Paulino walked to load the bases with one out. Joel Bender replaced Brattvet, but he was greeted by Vick’s line drive to the fence in right-center field that scored all three runners to end the game.
The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jon Matthews walked, advanced to second on Phillip Ervin’s single, went to third on Sebastian Elizalde’s sacrifice, and scored on Daniel Pigott’s infield ground out. The Captains tied the game with an unearned run in the second.
In the fifth, the Dragons regained the lead when Avain Rachal singled and scored on Gabriel Rosa’s double to the left field corner to make it 3-2. The Dragons added another run in the sixth when Elizalde singled and scored on Tanner Rahier’s double to the right-center field fence to push the lead to 3-1.
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Routt was outstanding. He worked the first six innings and struck out eight without walking a batter. He gave up five hits and one unearned run. Ryan Kemp worked two scoreless innings in relief of Routt. Brattvet (2-4) was charged with all three runs in the ninth and suffered the loss.
The Dragons finished with eight hits. Elizalde and Rachal each had two.
The Dragons battle Lake County again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Ismael Guillon (3-0, 2.82) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Dace Kime (0-8, 6.10).