Pelicans’ Nicholas delivers game-winning double in 10th

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans took down the Lynchburg Hillcats in extra innings Monday, winning 2-1 on a Brett Nicholas double in the bottom of the tenth at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Tied at one in the tenth, Jared Hoying led off with a walk from Lynchburg closer Juan Jaime.  On the next pitch, Christian Villanueva grounded into a fielder’s choice, first baseman Chris Garica to shortstop Nick Ahmed. But the one out was just a small stumbling block.

Nicholas laced a Jaime pitch down the rightfield line and into the corner as the next batter.  Villanueva jumped on his horse and scored from first base after the ball got stuck momentarily in the corner.  The two players were mobbed by teammates with water bottles spraying in the air.

Ben Rowen earned the win in relief for Myrtle Beach.  Nick Tepesch tossed eight innings in a no decision.  In arguably his best start of the year, Tepesch threw a career high eight innings of one-run ball.  Tepesch allowed only five hits, struck out eight and did not walk any.

The first run for Myrtle Beach scored on a bases loaded wild pitch in the third inning.  Odubel Herrera, on via a walk, extended his on-base streak to 26 games.  He scored when a pitch missed high and away from Lynchburg starter Aaron Northcraft.  The lone Hillcats run came in on a Chris Garcia homerun to left.

Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg meet again Tuesday at 7:05 for Team Tuesday.

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