Perfect Game has ranked The Leesburg Lightning 18th in the nation in summer college baseball. They are the only FCSL team in the top 30, and are ranked with some great teams from the Cape Cod and Northwoods Leagues.
Leesburg and Sanford entered the third game of their three game set on Friday with high hopes. Each team had won in walk off fashion, with both games going into 11 innings. The Lightning took game one on a walk off single off the bat of pinch hitter Tyler Kellmann on Wednesday. But on Thursday, the Rats gave the Lightning a taste of their own medicine when they spoiled a late Lightning lead by scoring two in the bottom of the eleventh to win 4-3.
Everyone wondered if that last play on Thursday would carry over into Friday’s game or if the deflated team could bounce back to make their second trip to Tropicana in two years. As the game progressed it seemed that the former would prove true.
The Rats first three hitters all reached base with no outs to start the game and the bad luck was just a taste of things to come for Leesburg. An error on a throw home that may have stopped a rally went for two runs.
The Lightning got the runs right back in the bottom half…
After a big walk off win, the Lightning were on the opposite side on Thursday night when the Sanford River Rats earned a walk off of their own in the 11th inning, winning 4-3.
The River Rats scored two quick runs, one in the first and one in the third. Both came off the bat of Ian MacGeorge.
In the bottom of the first, Sanford decided to take a page out of the Joe Madden playbook and used a suicide squeeze with runners on the corners to get the first run of the game across the plate.
In the third, with a runner on second, MacGeorge took a single down the left field line to drive in the second run of the game and Sanford had a two run lead.
As abysmal as the Sanford offense was the night before early in the game, the Lightning found themselves without a hit through five innings. The Lightning offense has been nothing short of dangerous all season long, but early in the game they just couldn’t muster a hit off of starter Ray Hanson who entered the game on a hot streak of…