Elwood Holland lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Roger Lee with the winning run in the 10th inning yesterday as the Alexandria Dukes beat Peninsula, 5-4, for their second straight victory over the Carolina League-leading Pilots, at Four Mile Run Park.
Gary Pellant capped a three-run tying rally in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run, bases-loaded double down the left-field line.
With one out in the 10th, Lee and Chris Hudson singled off southpaw reliever Armand Abreu to put runners at the corners. Holland, batting in the lead off spot thought he had a single on his fly ball to left, but despite Elijah Bonaparte's fine catch, there was no chance to catch Lee at the plate.
The fifith-place Dukes, who now trail Peninsula by six games in the second-half standings, received 11 bases on alls from Pilot pitchers, but failed to capitalize on their generosity until the ninth.
With one out, reliever Cliff Speck issued consecutive passes to Hudson, Holland, Charlie Kline and Roy Boyer, forcing in one run. Speck was sent to the showers after one ball to Paul Gilmartin, wo was fanned by Abreu with a full count on a ball that barely caught the low outside corner. Pellant, who knocked in the Dukes' first run in the eighth, then hit a 1-1 pitch to score Holland and Kline to tie the game. Pinch hitter Rick Wade then watched a called third strike to end the rally.
Pellant leads the team with 46RBI.