Florence, KY-The Florence Freedom were down to their final out Sunday night when Drew Rundle ended the game with a 3-run homer, giving the Freedom a 7-5 win.
With the Freedom trailing 5-4 and with two runners on, Rundle sent a 2-1 changeup from Gateway Grizzly closer Richard Barrett(0-1) over the right field wall to tie the series at two and send it back to Gateway for a decisive game five Monday night.
The Freedom took a 1-0 lead in the second off a solo homerun by Eddie Rodriguez.
Gateway came right back and placed five runs on the board in the fourth, but the Freedom began to chip away at a 5-1 deficit.
In the sixth, Rundle hit an RBI double to the gap in right center field to cut the lead to 5-2. Then in the seventh, Peter Fatse singled home two runs on an infield single. There was also an error on the shortstop Richie Jiminez Jr which allowed the second run to score.
With Gateway leading 5-4 in the ninth, the Freedom started their rally against Barrett. David Harris drew a leadoff walk. Junior Arrojo then lined a single into center. After Fatse flew out to left field and Rodriguez reached on a fielder's choice, Rundle then extended the Freedom's season with his heroics. Rundle was mobbed at home plate by his teammates as they celebrated his game winning homerun.
It was the eleventh win for the Freedom this season when trailing after the fifth inning.
The Freedom bullpen pitched five perfect innings after starter Andres Caceres went four innings giving up five hits on five runs (one earned). Brandon Mathes struck out four batters in his four innings of perfection. Jorge Marban(1-0) then collected the win pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Freedom and Grizzlies will play a fifth and final game to determine who will play in the Frontier League Championship Monday night. RHP Brad Allen (1-0, 0.00) will make the start for Florence. RHP Tim Brown (1-0, 2.25) will take the mound for the Grizzlies. The game can be heard with Steve Jarnicki starting at 7:20 on Real Talk 1160 and realtalk1160.com