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Wayne Post
  • Elder hits walk-off double to lift Bloomfield over Naples

  • The Bloomfield baseball team didn’t panic when Naples pulled in front in the top of the sixth inning. The Bombers rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, and Jakob Elder hit a walk-off RBI double in the seventh to give his team a 6-5 win Tuesday.Elder’s double came with two outs and score...
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  • The Bloomfield baseball team didn’t panic when Naples pulled in front in the top of the sixth inning. The Bombers rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, and Jakob Elder hit a walk-off RBI double in the seventh to give his team a 6-5 win Tuesday.
    Elder’s double came with two outs and scored Brad Mills from first base. The ball went over the left fielder’s head, and Mills stepped on home before Big Green catcher Adrian Black could apply the tag after the throw pulled him toward third base.
    “Well, I was looking for a fastball — he was throwing a lot of off-speed pitches,” Elder said of the at-bat. “I got a pitch to drive and just tried to put a ball in play and hopefully score the run or get on base and help the team out.”
    “Jacob has been clutch for us all year. Since he’s been up with me I know he’s going to hit the ball,” Bombers coach Mark Jacobs added. “I had a feeling he’d put the ball in play. We were just lucky he hit it about a foot long enough. A foot shorter and I think we’re in extra innings. At that point when it fell there was no way I’m stopping Mills.”
    Elder finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead Bloomfield offensively. First baseman Richie Ashman went 2 for 3, and Chase Jackson went 1 for 3 with two RBI. Mills picked up the win in relief of starter Wyatt Conklin.
    The Bombers didn’t wait long to score, plating two runs in the first inning. Jackson scored on a wild pitch and Elder hit an RBI single to bring home Brandon Ferguson, who reached base on a double.
    Noah Gorton tied the game up for the Big Green in the third with a two-RBI single that scored Adam Halladay and Tyler Holton with two outs.
    Conklin came out of the game after five innings of work due to a pitch count. The freshman struck out nine batters, while allowing two hits, two runs and two walks.
    Naples pulled in front with three runs in the sixth. Luke Spaid hit an RBI single to score Holton from second. With two outs, Spaid scored on an error and Luke Parker scored on a wild pitch. The last out of the inning came at home plate, as a runner was thrown out by the second baseman on a delayed double steal.
    Despite starting the bottom half of the inning with two quick outs, Bloomfield rallied to tie the game. Ashman hit a double, Ryan Fischer singled and Dylan Taillon drove in pinch-runner Josh Gosper with a single. Jackson hit a two-RBI single to score Fischer and Taillon.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Last year during sectionals, we were down six runs and came back together,” Elder said. “We have the whole team returning from last year except one senior. I feel like we kind of have that bond together and have faith in the team to come back and get the win for us.”
    Mills set the Big Green’s batters down in order in the seventh. He led off the bottom of the inning with a single to set up Elder’s heroics.
    Holton went the distance for Naples and struck out three batters while allowing nine hits and just one walk.
    “He’s kept his pitch counts way low, and I think this game he only had 80 or so pitches in seven innings,” Big Green coach D.J. Stephens said. “He’s been very efficient. He put a lot of work in. His off-speed was working great today and his curveball was working great. They got the hits when they needed to, and there’s not much we can do with that.”
    The win puts Bloomfield in first place in the Finger Lakes West League standings with a 4-0 league record and 4-1 overall record. The Bombers host South Seneca at 4:15 p.m. today.
    Naples’ record is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Finger Lakes West. The Big Green host Dundee at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Naples Community Park.

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