Cloverleafs walk Pelicans to victory

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 15, 2002

Contributor / Pensacola Daily Journal

They just sat back and let the Selma Cloverleafs walk them in.

Pensacola (34-23) erased a 6-0 deficit in the eighth inning to rally for an 11-6 victory at Pensacola Junior College in front of 374 fans.

Selma’s pitchers walked 10 batters in the eighth, while Mike Piercy and Talmadge Nunnari each had hits to push the Pelicans ahead. That gave Dustin Wagoner the victory.

Nunnari joined the Pelicans earlier in the day.

The Washington High graduate and former Montreal Expos player had spent the last month recovering from hernia surgery. He had been offering hitting lessons in Pensacola.

In his first game, he was 2-for-3 with three RBI. It was Nunnari’s bases-loaded double that gave the Pelicans a 9-6 lead with two outs in the eighth.

The erratic pitching didn’t throw off Nunnari.

The Pelicans sent 16 batters to the plate in the eighth inning.

Pitcher Kirk Gosch walked five consecutive batters to open the inning.

Piercy made Selma (28-26) pay with a bouncer up the middle. Luke Hurst’s throw from center field struck the mound, allowing two runs to score.

With two outs, Dennis Gomez walked in the tying run.

By the eighth walk of the inning, he swung his arms in frustration, stomping off the mound.

The Pelicans had only six hits in the game.