Written by: Joseph Ellsworth
As the season progresses, the Wake Forest FUNGO took to the field in an eventful week of baseball. The squad split their four-game week, going 2-2 to bring their record on the season to 6-8.
June 13 (8-6 @ Tarboro River Bandits)
FUNGO kicked off the week with a thriller on the road, taking down the Tarboro River Bandits on Tuesday, June 13. This was a revenge game for FUNGO, who fell to the River Bandits 11-1 three days prior.
Wake Forest scored first, driving home three runs in the second inning. The River Bandits responded in the next frame but could only produce one run, giving FUNGO a two-run lead after two innings.
FUNGO scored two more in the fifth, extending their lead to four. The River Bandits mounted a comeback attempt in the sixth and seventh innings, combining for five runs. FUNGO only drove home one in that span, resulting in a tied score heading into the eighth.
With the score tied at six in the top of the ninth, Hogan Stallings hit a go-ahead home run, his second homer of the game, to drive home two runs. This home run gave FUNGO an 8-6 victory, snapping their four-game losing streak.
June 14 (8-6 vs. Clayton Clovers)
The day after their win over the River Bandits, FUNGO returned home to host the Clovers.
The Clovers got on the board first with a run in the second, but FUNGO answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Clovers took over in the next two innings, scoring five runs. Meanwhile, FUNGO failed to find home plate, and their two-run lead fell to a three-run deficit.
Momentum swung in the fifth as FUNGO brought three runners to tie the game up at six. These runs gave from three walks with bases loaded.
Will Walker hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eight to give FUNGO a two-run lead and put the Clovers three outs away from a Wake Forest victory. Wake Forest successfully kept the Clovers runless in the ninth to earn their second straight victory.
June 15 (4-8 vs. Carolina Disco Turkeys)
Hot off two straight wins, FUNGO remained home to take on the Disco Turkeys for a Thursday night matchup.
RBIs by Evan Harding and Thomas Fox gave FUNGO an early 2-0 lead after one inning.
The second inning saw the Disco Turkeys score three to take a one-run lead, but a Will Hood homer tied the game back up.
The Disco Turkeys scored five runs throughout the game, while FUNGO found none. Wake Forest was up to bat in the bottom of the ninth while down five. FUNGO managed just one run in the final frame, falling 8-4.
June 17 (5-6 @ Edenton Steamers)
Following their loss, FUNGO traveled to Edenton to take on the Steamers, their only time facing off this season.
FUNGO scored two in the opening frame, but no runs were scored on either side of the ball until the bottom of the fifth.
Edenton scored six between the fifth and sixth, taking a four-run lead.
FUNGO put together a strong comeback attempt in the seventh, driving home three runs and narrowing the deficit to just one.
Steamers pitcher Reuben Costin finished all nine innings and kept FUNGO from scoring in the eighth or ninth as Wake Forest took their second straight loss.
With their Wednesday matchup against Disco Turkeys canceled, FUNGO will next take on High Point Locos on the road on Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m.