Fort Myers got on the scoreboard first yet again in this game. With two outs and nobody on base in the second inning, Johnny Woodard launched a solo-homerun to right field and the Miracle leaped ahead, 1-0.
The Cubs answered quickly with a two out, nobody on homer of their own. Yusuf Carter stood in the bottom of the second inning and drilled a no-doubter deep to left-center field. That knotted the game up, at 1-1.
Despite two outs, the Cubs kept on hitting in the second inning. After Carter, Jonathan Mota came up and slapped a single into centerfield. Then, Darwin Barney came to the plate and drilled a double into a gap in the outfield defense, Mota scored. Tony Thomas was next and pounded out an RBI single. The Cubs vaulted ahead, 3-1.
In the third inning, Jim Adduci led off and plastered an opposite field homerun to left field. Ty Wright singled and scored on a Russ Canzler RBI fly out to deep centerfield. Daytona’s lead ballooned, 5-1.
Fort Myers was not prepared to just lie down and quit in this elimination game. The Miracle started the fourth by smacking a pair of doubles. The second was an RBI variety blast by Whit Robbins. Robbins came home on an RBI fly out to right field by Garrett Olson. The Miracle cut the lead in half, but still trailed, 5-3.
Daytona spun up some more offense in the sixth inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Jonathan Mota singled home a run. Barney stepped in next and promptly smoked a double into right, bringing home another run for the Cubs. Daytona’s lead once again rose to four, 7-3.
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