Much of the faithful crowd stuck around until the final pitch including a herd of kids who rushed the field eager to get autographs.
One signature worth waiting for was that of outfielder Drew Buddle who drove in Fletcher from third on a sacrifice fly to right field for the game-winner. It was the third time this week Buddle was responsible for a walk-off win.
“He’s got two walk-off hits in the last week, so we’re going to keep counting on him to get hits in big situations,” Fletcher said. “He came up clutch hitting tonight.”
Buddle was 0-for-3 with three walks prior to his 15th-inning at bat. Fletcher, who had a team-high four hits, reached base on hits in the 11th and 13th innings, but was unable to score. He led off the 15th with a single to right field, was sacrificed to second by Ben Albano, and advanced to third on a balk by Terre Haute pitcher John Patterson who had just entered the game. With the bases loaded and only one out, Buddle sent the third pitch of his at bat to right field where it was caught just deep enough to plate Fletcher.
“I was going up there and I was so tired I thought, ‘I might as well just swing out of my shoes and try to hit one out of here so we can all go home,’ “ Fletcher said of his final at bat. “He (Rex pitcher Taylor Horn) ended up getting two strikes on me and I knew I had to battle. He threw me a curveball in the dirt and I went down and got it and golfed it out of there.
“It was an overall good team win today. Everyone did what they were asked to do, bunt in key situations and things like that. Then Bud came up with the big sac fly to get us the win.”