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April 20, 2013

Clippers defeat Triton in walk-off win

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Adam Chatterton reached on a single for the Vikes in the fourth inning and moved over to third thanks to a single from Jack Germinara. Then smart base running by Chatterton grabbed Triton’s first run of the day on a ground out from Cote Wolcik.

Webster faltered again in the top of the fifth, hitting Nate Estabrook with a pitch to start the inning. Estabrook then stole second before Dmitri Hunt slapped a single out to center to send Estabrook to third before Hunt stole second. But Webster started throwing hard, striking out Cashman, Nick Cornoni and Chatterton to end the threat.

Triton would tie things up in the top of the sixth when Germinara hit a single then stole second before Wolcik had a single of his own. Germinara would then come home on a passed ball to put the Vikes within one. Brad Whitman tied things with a single out to right field. Webster was relieved by James Nutter once Nate Estabrook walked in the next at-bat and promptly got Hunt to hit into a double play.

The Vikes threatened mightily in the top of the seventh as Cashman led off with a single to left then stole second while Cornoni struck out. Nutter struck out Chatterton next before Germinara reached with a single that put Cashman at third. But Nutter got Wolcik to ground out to end the threat.

With the clouds and extra innings threatening, Clipper Chance Carpenter drew a lead-off walk then stole second and third to find himself in the position to attempt the suicide squeeze on an at-bat by Fiascone. The gambit paid off to send the Clippers home with a .500 record for the first time this season.

“It worked out well,” Malenfant said of the squeeze. “Chance was perfect for it. There’s a lot of pressure on a person in that situation and he took care of it. I’m proud he was involved in it and I’m proud that Brian was involved in it.”

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