WESTERLY — White Fire Protection evened its best-of-3 quarterfinal series at one-game apiece with a come-from-behind 12-10 win against Tom Ready & Sons in Rhode Island Independent Amateur Baseball League play at Cimalore Field on Friday night.
The teams now meet in the decisive game of the series at 7:45 tonight at Sprague Park, Narragansett.
Trailing 7-4, WFP rallied with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 12-7 lead and then held on for the win.
WFP loaded the bases to start the seventh on a walk to Sean Becker, a single by Ben Rice and a walk to Nick Benoit. Each in turn scored on a walk to J.J. Sorensen, a single by Nick Dell’Anno and a sacrifice fly by Andy Devereaux.
With the game tied at 7-7, WFP added five more runs that inning on singles by Matt Rhodes and Becker and walks to Kaelan Rayner, Rice and Benoit.
Ready & Sons threatened in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs to cut the lead to two and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. But WFP reliever Devereaux got out of the jam with no further scoring and earned the save.
Ready started the game with two runs in the first inning on an RBI-double by Matt Borges and an RBI-single by Dante Blancarte. The team again tallied twice in the second when John Jacobellis scored on a wild pitch and Jeff Murphy did likewise on a single by Eddie Apice.
Starting pitcher Apice shut WFP down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning but gave up a run in the second when Sorensen doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Dell’Anno.
Rayner pitched the first three innings for WFP, stranding runners on second and third with one out in the third. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks and struck out two. He was relieved by Kevin Lambert and ultimately by Devereaux.
Ready & Sons increased its lead to 7-1 with three runs in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch and a two-run single by Blancarte.
WFP answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-4. Benoit tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Sorensen walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Dell’Anno singled and later scored on a groundout by Rhodes.