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Thom blasts homer for winning run

Reynolds puts the tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Houston Thom is greeted at third base by Bruins coach Justin Speer after hitting the winning home run in the sixth inning Friday.Houston Thom turned into Sherlock Holmes during his final at-bat Friday, solving a Reynolds pitching sequence to bang out the winning home run in the sixth inning of the team’s 4-3 win.

Thom stepped to the plate with one out in a game tied 3-3. Throughout the series he had faced pitches across the outside edge of the plate, but in his previous at bat on this day, the Raiders had gone inside on him.

“I remembered that and stepped off the plate a bit,” Thom said. “I knew if I saw another inside pitch, I’d be able to handle it.”

Handle it. Crush it. Pulverize it.

However you word it, Thom sent the pitch zooming over the left-field fence for the winning run.

Reynolds put the tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh, but Jake Simmons handled a comebacker to the mound to collect the final out.

Find an expanded game story in our Tuesday, April 22, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at …

http://daveball.exposuremanager.com/g/april18_reynolds-barlow_baseball



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