With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dustin Fowler slapped a double down the left field line to give the Charleston RiverDogs a 4-3 walkoff win over the Greenville Drive on Monday night in front of 3,318 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.
The RiverDogs (6-13 second half, 39-50 overall) handed the Drive (3-16, 37-51) their 14th consecutive loss.
Reymond Nunez gave the RiverDogs a 2-0 lead in the second inning by driving in Mike Ford and Eduardo de Oleo with a two-out double.
Greenville went up 3-2 in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Charleston evened the score at 3 on Tyler Wade's RBI double.
Charleston's Brady Lail earned a quality start after six innings, while reliever Chad Taylor pitched two shutout frames. Taylor was replaced in the ninth by Evan Rutckyj (2-0), who stranded a runner at second base in a scoreless inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gosuke Katoh walked against Jacob Dahlstrand (4-5) with one out and moved to third base on an O'Neill single. Wade hit a groundball to the mound, and Katoh was tagged out by catcher Jake Romanski while trying to get back to third base. But Fowler came through with a double that bounced past the third base bag in fair territory to bring in O'Neill from second base and secure the victory.
The Post and Courier sponsored All-Lowcountry Softball and Baseball Night. Summerville's Summer Jenkins and West Ashley's Jonathon Sabo earned Player of the Year accolades and will also have their names on permanent display at Riley Park.
Game 2 of this three-game series will start at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, featuring RiverDogs LHP Caleb Smith (4-7, 3.61 ERA) and Drive LHP Daniel McGrath (3-4, 3.33).
Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 Date Night invites couples to show their VIC card at the box office to receive two tickets to the game, two tacos, two fountain drinks and a nacho tray for $20.
Go Green Night from Charleston County Environmental Management is on tap as Charleston and Greenville continue the Battle of the Palmetto State Rivalry Series. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-3647 or online at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on WTMA 1250-AM.