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Fort Myers Mighty Mussels end season with 5-4 comeback win over Tampa Tarpons

By AP | Sep 20, 2021

FORT MYERS – The night after their first no-hitter in 10 years, the Mighty Mussels finished the season with an exciting 5-4 comeback win over the Tampa Tarpons at Hammond Stadium.

The victory wraps up the franchise’s seventh winning season in the past eight years, finishing the campaign with a 60-54 record.

With Fort Myers trailing 4-1 entering the fifth, Misael Urbina reached on an error before Christian Encarnacion-Strand chased him home with a triple to the right field corner.

Still trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Willie Joe Garry Jr. laid down a bunt. Tarpons catcher Antonio Gomez bounced the throw into right field, allowing Garry Jr. to go all the way to third base. Moments later, Garry Jr. scored on a balk to make it 4-3.

In the bottom of the eighth, Charles Mack walked before a wild pitch moved him to second with one out. The next batter was Patrick Winkel, who lined a single to center to score Mack and tie the game 4-4. After a fielder’s choice put Kyler Fedko at first with two outs, Mikey Perez ripped a double down the left field line to score Fedko and give the Mussels the lead.

Ramon Pineda (2-1) worked a perfect eighth inning to earn the win, while A.J. Labas notched his first career save with a scoreless ninth.

Four Mussels finished the day with multiple hits, capping the month of September with a 10-5 record.

The Mighty Mussels will be announcing their 2022 schedule in the coming weeks, and already look forward to welcoming the community back to Hammond Stadium next year.

<em>Box Score: https://atmilb.com/39mLVGW

— Recaps provided by John Vittas</em>