Junior Hellcats draw even, down Johnson Rodgers 8-7 by the power of Rodriguez’s bat

NORWICH – The Junior Hellcats defended their home to the tune of an 8-7 walk-off win, thanks to the clutch hitting from Eli Rodriguez.

Rodriguez – who finished the night 4-5 with two RBI and a run – smashed a single in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the game tied at 7-7, Rodriguez’s single allowed Kai Scheer to make it home from third base – give the Junior Hellcats their win.

“Our offense was really good tonight, Eli (Rodriguez) and Cash (Marcus Cashman) hit the ball really well. Brad (Beckwith) was our savior tonight coming up clutch several times,” said Junior Hellcat head coach Nick McCullough. “I’m proud of them not giving in, they’ve made that extremely clear all season. Our clutch hitting is one our strengths and they did a great job working the count and hitting strikes. This was our third come from behind win this year and second walk-off.”

Cashman finished 3-4 with two runs, while Brad Beckwith finished 2-4 with a run and an RBI – the trio accounting for 90 percent of the Junior Hellcat’s hits on the night. JT Vinal would close out the hitting, going 1-1 at the plate.

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