Nine innings was not enough for the Lake Monsters and Tri-City ValleyCats to reach a decision on a hot Saturday night at Centennial Field.
The Monsters were trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning until Tri-City pitcher Angel Macuare walked in three runs for Vermont.
Later, the Monsters led 3-2 in the top of the 5th inning. Vermont returned the favor of free runs as Austin Briggs walked Nathan Perry with the bases loaded, tying the score 3-3.
Then Tri-City earned a couple runs thanks to a stellar night from Korey Lee. He slotted a single through the left side of the infield and two runs scored for a 5-3 ValleyCats lead. Lee was crucial to Tri-City’s win, hitting 3-for-4 including a triple and three RBI.
The Monsters responded in the bottom of the 5th inning when Kevin Richards demolished a two-run home run well over the wall and the billboards in left field. The long ball went 389 feet to serve as Richards’s third home run of the season.
Richards’s home run tied the ballgame 5-5, and the score stayed that way until the 10th inning. The ValleyCats scored three runs in the extra inning to seal an 8-5 series-opening win over Vermont.
Game two of the series is Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Centennial Field.