BURLINGTON, VT -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Oakland A's, 5-2 in 14 innings on Saturday night. The game lasted 4:34 minutes, the third longest game this season for Auburn. The Doubledays are now 4-2 in extra inning games this season.
Auburn (10-15) opened the scoring with single runs in the top of the fourth and seventh innings. The Doubledays scratched across one run in the fourth when Armond Upshaw brought Chance Shepard home on a sacrifice bunt, and scored another run on a line drive home run from Omar Meregildo in the top of the seventh. Meregildo now has three home runs on the season.
Vermont (16-9) tied the game with an eighth-inning rally for the second straight night. The Lake Monsters started the eighth inning with singles from Jarrett Costa and Greg Deichmann, and after Jack Meggs grounded out and Ryan Gridley struck out, both Costa and Deichmann came home to score on a passed ball and an error respectively to tie the game. Vermont scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win Friday night's game.
After the first four extra innings went scoreless, Auburn finally scored three runs in the top of the 14th. Branden Boggetto brought home two with a single down the leftfield line, and Oliver Ortiz drove home Boggetto with a double off the rightfield wall the very next batter. The Doubledays tagged the three runs in the 14th off of Anthony Churlin, who is primarily an outfielder for the Lake Monsters. Jake Barnett pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 14th, giving Auburn a series tie with Vermont this weekend.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 5:05. Alex Troop starts for the Doubledays, while Brian Howard counters for the Lake Monsters. Sunday's game marks the final meeting in the regular season between Auburn and Vermont.
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