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Wilgus Belts Inside-the-Park HR to Spark Roadrunners' Triumph Over Rowan Burlington

Wilgus Belts Inside-the-Park HR to Spark Roadrunners' Triumph Over Rowan Burlington

When things are rolling in your favor, it seems the good times never stop. Case in point: RCGC's 9-8 triumph over rival Rowan Burlington in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader at home.

Trailing 8-7 in the sixth inning, second baseman Christina Wilgus stepped up the plate with Hadley Cressman on first base and two outs. Christina promptly smashed a shot down the right field line that landed at the base of the fence, and legged it out for an inside-the-park home run.

For the Runners, it was another classic case of clutch hitting during a recent magical stretch of games. 

"I knew the ball went over the rightfielder's head but I didn't see where it landed," Christina said. "I just kept watching the coach and he kept sending me."

Her homer proved to be the game winner and enabled the Runners (27-9 overall, 9-2 conference) to sweep the Division II Barons and post their 17th straight triumph. RCGC also won Game 1 by a 9-0 score.

For Christina, a sophomore, the contest was one of the finest of her career. She finished with two singles, a home run, two RBIs an three runs scored.

"This was a remarkable day for Christina and the entire team," noted head coach Steve DePasquale. "There was amazing energy in this game and Christina really pulled through in the clutch."

The Runners trailed at one point 7-3, but the two teams battled hard and exchanged leads several times before Christina's game-winning hit.

Jaclyn Lesher was the winning pitcher in relief, her second victory of the afternoon. She allowed just one hit in the opener as the Runners prevailed 9-0. Leftfielder Olivia Farina and Lesher knocked in two runs apiece.

Next up for the Runners will be a doubleheader at home versus conference and Region XIX rival Cumberland on Tuesday in a 3:30 pm start.