Eagles win on Burgess’ walk-off single

Zach Schneider and Zach Diewert congratulate Cody Burgess (center) after his walk-off single gave the Eagles a 2-1 win over Seminole State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Zach Schneider and Zach Diewert congratulate Cody Burgess (center) after his walk-off single gave the Eagles a 2-1 win over Seminole State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Cody Burgess stroked a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Zach Diewert from second base and giving Polk State a 2-1 win over Seminole State College of Florida tonight at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

Leading off the inning, Diewert worked the count to 3-2 before drawing a walk. 

Brandon Gali then bunted a 3-2 pitch to the pitcher, who threw late to second base in an attempt to get a force out on Diewert. 

After Kaylor Kulina struck out, Burgess delivered the game-winning hit on a 1-2 pitch. 

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth, when the Raiders took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run. 

The Eagles tied it in the bottom of the inning. Zach Biermann led off with a double, and Isaiah Cullum and Raudy Martinez walked to load the bases. With one out, Diewert lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Biermann.  

Tonight's victory was the third come-from-behind win at home for Polk State this season. 

"It never gets old seeing that happen here," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. "I'd like to see us play a little better overall, but when you come out on top and win some close ones late, I think that helps build some confidence for games down the road." 

Starting pitcher Joe Strzelecki did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and one run while walking two and striking out three. 

Zach Schneider, Jonathan Bermudez, and Justin Tworek combined to shut out the Raiders for the rest of the game. Tworek (2-0) picked up the win and struck out the side in the top of the ninth. 

Diewert collected a hit, a run, an RBI, and two walks. 

Martinez had two hits and a walk. 

Cullum doubled in three at bats.

The Eagles (5-1, No. 7 FCSAA) travel to Palatka tomorrow to play St. Johns River State College at 5 p.m.

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