PULASKI, Va. —
The never-ending game should finally end tonight.
Leading 8-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Princeton closer Zach Butler couldn’t hold the advantage, allowing Pulaski to score two runs to force extra innings.
Who knew no one would score again.
Princeton’s Appalachian League contest with Pulaski on Thursday night was finally suspended with the teams tied at 8-8 in the 18th inning.
It will be continued today prior to the regularly scheduled game at Calfee Park. The 18th inning will be resumed at 5 p.m.
An audience of 711 started watching a game that was finally suspended after 5 hours and 46 minutes at nearly 1 a.m.
Princeton had used eight pitchers, while Pulaski had used six. The clubs combined for 27 hits, with the Mariners having 16 to 11 for the Rays. Four batters had eight official at-bats.
Pulaski was able to tie the score against Butler, with Jabari Henry scoring one on a safety squeeze, and Phillips Castillo tying it with a single of his own.
Trailing 6-3 after seven innings, Princeton rallied for three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but the Mariners pushed two runs across in the bottom of the frame to forced lots of extra frames.
John Alexander, Brandon Martin and Andrew Toles had two hits each for Princeton. Toles had a solo home run in the eighth, and scored twice, while William Argo drove in a pair of runs. Alexander was joined with doubles by Toles and James Harris Jr.
Bruedlin Suero and William Gabay worked the opening 4 1/3 innings for Princeton, allowing six runs, four of which were earned. Butler, Daniel Bream and Pedro Silvestre each threw for three innings apiece in relief.
Tyler Marlette paced the Mariners with three hits and two RBIs. Five Pulaski batters had two hits each, including Castillo, Jordy Lara, Felipe Burin, Reginald Lawson and Dario Pizzano. Burin also scored two runs.
Lawson clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth. He was ejected in the 15th inning.
Princeton scored all eight of its runs off the first three Pulaski pitchers. Lars Huijer, Nolan Diaz and Ricardo Pereira combined to work the final 8 2/3 innings with allowing a run.
Pulaski pitchers struck out 16 batters. Princeton hurlers did one better, fanning 17. The teams combined to walk 20.
at Calfee Park
Princeton..............021 000 023 000 000 00 — 8 11 2
Pulaski..................101 310 002 000 000 00 — 8 16 3
Suero, Gabay (4), Sawyer (5), Guerrero (7), Davis (8), Butler (9) and Hernandez. Ogando, Chen (4), Koneski (8), Huijer (8) and Marlette. HR—Lawson (5), Toles 3. Time—5:46. Att—711 .
*Game suspended in 18th inning