ATL Championship deciding game comes after epic 16-inning battle

09/29/2013 3:54 PM - Devo

Somerset Patriots.pngAngel Sanchez and Cory Aldridge will go down in Independent League folklore after last night.

Saturday night, the Long Island Ducks were one win away from their second consecutive championship, instead, the Somerset Patriots and Ducks gave their fans the game of a lifetime last night at TD Bank Ballpark

The Patriots, down 2-0 after the first two games, won in extra innings 5-4 Friday night. Saturday night they won 2-1 in an epic 16-inning marathon to force a deciding Game 5 Sunday.

Aldridge, who is batting .464 in the playoffs, was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the 16th-inning. That proved fatal. Aldridge was sacrificed to second by Bobby Stevens. After a single by Jeff Baisley, an eight-year minor league veteran who has played the majority of his minor league career with the Oakland Athletics, moved him to third, and DH Joe Holden was intenationally walked.

Up comes Sanchez, an 11-year veteran with over 185 MLB games under his belt, drove home the winner, ending one of the most memorable games in Atlantic League history.

Tonight will decide a new champion. Will the Patriots win their sixth and league leading championship, or will the Ducks win their third and go back-to-back, something last accomplished by the York Revolution?

With each game has being decided by one run, there is no reason tonight will be any different.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 

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