MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Victor Roache came up big in two pivotal moments during the Biloxi Shuckers' series-clinching, 14-inning, 3-2 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday night. The win ties the Shuckers with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for first place in the Southern League South after their loss to the Jackson Generals on Wednesday. The series win is the first for Biloxi since taking four of five against the Jacksonville Suns from May 9-13.
Roache's Wednesday heroics was capped by a leadoff triple to start the 14th inning and was followed by a Chris McFarland (1x6, RBI) single on a 3-2 pitch into left field to plate the go-ahead run.
The win moved the Shuckers to 4-4 in extra-inning games and 2-20 in games in which they are trailing after eight innings. It was the second time in the last week the Shuckers played a 14 affair after falling to the Braves last Wednesday at MGM Park in 14.
Biloxi (33-25) struck the scoreboard first in the opening frame to take the early lead.
Brett Phillips (1x6, R, BB) walked to start the game. The All-Star swiped second with Nathan Orf (1x5) at the dish and then moved to third on a fly out to right. After Jacob Nottingham (1x6, 2B) popped out for the second out of the inning, Garrett Cooper (1x6, RBI) drove the runner home from third with an infield single to short for the 1-0 lead.
Montgomery (29-30) answered with a run in the second after a one-out double by Mike Marjama led to Pat Blair's two-out single to center, scoring the runner from second to knot the game at one.
The game would stay at one apiece until the bottom of the sixth as the home team broke the tie with back-to-back two out doubles.
Shuckers' starter Jorge Ortega (5.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) surrendered a leadoff single to Casey Gillaspie, but the runner was erased on a double play by Willy Adames. The right-hander then surrendered a double to left off the bat of Patrick Leonard, prompting a pitching change.
Tristan Archer was tasked with retiring Marjama to escape the inning, but the Biscuits' catcher roped a sinking liner to left that skipped off of Roache, resulting in an RBI double to put Biloxi in a 2-1 deficit.
The Shuckers' left fielder would get his redemption in the ninth and Biloxi trailing by a run.
Nick Ramirez (0x3, BB) reached on an error by first baseman Gillaspie to lead off the frame and was replaced by Omar Garcia (0x2, R) at first. After Tyrone Taylor (1x5) popped out to first, Roache smashed a single over the third-base bag, scoring Garcia all the way from first to tie the game at two.
Stephen Kohlscheen (2-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings with one hit allowed, two walks issued and two punchouts. Archer, Stephen Peterson, Tyler Spurlin, Daniel Tillman and Kohlscheen combined to shutout Montgomery over the final 8.1 innings.
Nottingham extended his hitting streak to seven games, and on-base streak to 17 games, with a one-out double in the third. The 20-year-old has three seven-game hitting streaks this season.
The Shuckers finished the game going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base.
LHP Wei-Chung Wang (2-2, 3.62) toes the rubber for Biloxi, while RHP Taylor Guerrieri (3-4, 4.45) takes the mound for Montgomery. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with coverage starting at 6:45 p.m. on the Biloxi Shuckers' Radio Network's flagship station WGCM 1240 AM, 100.9 FM, Pascagoula's WPMO 1580 AM and the TuneIn Radio app.
The Shuckers return to MGM Park Friday as the Shuckers host the Chicago White Sox affiliate Birmingham Barons for the first time in Biloxi. On Friday, all fans 21-and-over receive a Biloxi Shuckers Cooler Bag courtesy Bud Light. On Saturday, Post-Game Fireworks will follow the game. Sunday is McDonald's -Family Fun Day and celebrate Father's Day early with Little Princess Night, featuring a pre-game Princess Parade and in-game activities. Tuesday, June 14th is Gulfport Community Night.