CRESTWOOD, IL – Austin Gallagher hit two home runs including the game-winner as the ThunderBolts knocked off the Gateway Grizzlies for the second straight game 5-4 at Standard Bank Stadium Wednesday night.
Gallagher’s first shot came in the first inning, putting the ThunderBolts (29-38) ahead 1-0.
Grant Buckner answered with a solo homer for the Grizzlies (24-43), tying the score at one. Gateway took their first lead the next inning when Cody Livesay walked and scored on a Ben Waldrip sacrifice fly.
They took the lead with a two-run fourth. Tyler Tewell singled and Richard Seigel reached on an error. They scored on RBI singles from Livesay and Seth Heck, respectively. Craig Massoni followed with a base hit that appeared as if it would score Livesay but Heck was thrown out after rounding second base to end the inning before Levisay could score.
The Bolts got back on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mike Torres singled and scored on a Cody Keefer sacrifice fly. Max White had a base hit, stole second and came in on a two-out Jacob Tanis single to make it 4-3.
In the sixth, Torres singled in front of Gallagher, who hit his second homer of the night to put Windy City on top 5-4.
The Grizzlies threatened in the ninth, putting runners at the corners with one out, but Joel Lima pitched out of it, getting Massoni to ground into a game-ending double play.
Jake Fisher (3-6) earned the win, allowing four runs (two earned) in 6.2 innings while Jordan Wellander (2-2) took the loss out of the Gateway bullpen. Lima picked up his fourth save.
The ThunderBolts will look for a three-game sweep of the Grizzlies on Wednesday night at Standard Bank Stadium. It will be a wrestling night with WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash in attendance and a postgame wrestling show provided by Pro Wrestling Blitz. On the field, Austin Wright (4-8, 4.42) takes the hill against Gateway’s Dillon Haviland (0-2, 10.12) First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.