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Walk-off win for Panthers’ baseball team

Colin Hope, pictured at the plate last spring, and the Masuk baseball team rallied for a walk-off win in the home opener. Hope singled and scored the tying run to force extra innings on Monday.

MONROE. C.T. — The Masuk baseball team won its first game of the season, and did so in dramatic fashion, defeating visiting Brien McMahon 5-4 in eight innings on Monday.

Jacob Mondo picked up the win on the mound pitching four innings in relief, allowing one earned run, and giving up two hits while striking out six.

Justin Feinstein started the game for Masuk. He pitched four innings and allowed three runs (just one earned) while striking out eight. Feinstein also had two hits and scored two runs in a strong all-around performance.

Masuk took an early 1-0 lead but a three-run McMahon fourth inning put the Panthers behind. Masuk cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth and then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. McMahon then scored in the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

Masuk tied the score in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Colin Hope singled to start the inning and then came around to score on a Carson Falcone sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the eighth, Hope worked a walk, Chris Welch reached on a fielder’s choice, and then Quinn McGuire was hit by a pitch. Evan Alderman hit a ground ball that was thrown out of play by McMahon, allowing pinch runner Nico Convertito to score all the way from second, giving the Panthers the walk-off win.

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