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ThunderBolts rally in ninth for third straight win

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Payton Robertson’s RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie and helped the ThunderBolts capture their second straight game against Schaumburg, 7-5 at Wintrust Field Saturday night.

Dan Robinson started the ThunderBolts (28-36) out with a lead when he hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning. The Bolts kept the foot on the gas pedal, adding two more in the inning. Zach Racusin singled and scored on a Peyton Isaacson base hit and Jack Strunc was hit by a pitch, scoring on a Robertson single.

Schaumburg (34-30) struck right back with four in the bottom of the inning. Alec Craig hit a two-out RBI triple and Matt McGarry came up next with a two-run homer.

The back-and-forth game saw the ThunderBolts reclaim the lead in the fifth, when Zac Taylor hit a solo homer. Brynn Martinez then walked, stole second and came home and Jairus Richards singled him home.

For the second time, the Boomers came right back with a run. McGarry’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth made the score 5-5.

That’s how it remained until the ninth. Both bullpens were outstanding. Finally, in the ninth, the ThunderBolts broke through again. Isaacson walked and Donivan Williams singled. That’s when Robertson came up with the go-ahead hit. Martinez followed with a successful squeeze bunt, putting the final run on for a 7-5 win.

Neil Abbatiello (2-4) threw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win for the Bolts. Jake Joyce (2-2) gave up both runs in the ninth and took the loss for the Boomers.

The ThunderBolts go for the sweep on Sunday evening. Former Boomer Bryan Ketchie (1-5, 5.86) starts for the Bolts against Schaumburg’s Ryan Middendorf (7-3, 3.01. Links to the audio and video broadcasts can be found at wcthunderbolts.com.

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