Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Mitch Delfino did his best to turn the lights out at Lake Olmstead Stadium. He managed to turn the lights off on Game 1 of a Saturday night doubleheader.
Delfino launched a walk-off home run off the light pole in left field as the GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs 3-2 in 12 innings in the first game.
The homer came one inning after Charleston’s Greg Bird crushed one of the longest home runs at Lake Olmstead this season, sending a towering blast to center field to give the RiverDogs a 2-1 lead.
It was the first home run to center field in the park this season.
Delfino’s home run came off reliever Derek Varnadore. The third baseman turned on a fastball over the plate for a towering line drive off the light pole in left field. Teammates mobbed him at the plate to celebrate the walk-off win.
With Charleston holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 11th, Eliezer Zambrano singled to advance a GreenJackets runner to third. Charleston left fielder Daniel Aldrich let the ball go by him, causing the runner to score on an error and tie the game at 2.
The late scoring overshadowed a strong effort by GreenJackets starter Justin Schumer, who threw six scoreless innings on four hits. He tired in the seventh and final inning, giving up two singles to lead off the inning that led to him being pulled.
Reliever Jake Dunnington gave up a single to Aldrich, scoring the tying run and blowing a save opportunity. The run was charged to Schumer.
Augusta reliever Tyler Mizenko gave up the home run to Bird in the 11th. Stephen Johnson threw 1⅓ scoreless innings for
Delfino and Trevor Brown each had two hits, including Delfino’s game-winning RBI. Charleston’s Ericson Leonora had three hits, while Aldrich and Cito Culver each had two.