Sauget, Ill. - The Gateway Grizzlies beat the Evansville Otters by a final of 6-3 in front of the seventh largest crowd in GCS Ballpark history on Sunday evening. 7,255 fans packed the ballpark in the season finale of 2016.
Gateway starter Will Landsheft tossed seven solid innings as he gave up just three runs on six hits. Landsheft (7-8) struck out seven batters while throwing 126 pitches.
The Otters (55-40) took a lead in the third with an RBI double from Josh Allen. In the bottom half of the fourth, the Grizzlies (44-51) responded with an explosion of offense.
Tyler Tewell laced a one-out single against Evansville RHP Trevor Walch. That was followed by a walk to Craig Massoni. After Brandon Thomas was nailed by a pitch, Walch (0-1) walked Sam Fischer to bring in the tying run.
Cody Livesay drilled a two-RBI single into centerfield to give Gateway a 3-1 advantage. Seth Heck followed it with a two-run double down the left field line to make it 5-1. Zach Lavy chipped in with a run-scoring single as Gateway took a 6-1 edge.
Evansville got a run in the sixth and seventh innings, but that was all they would collect. RHP Kevin Jefferis pitched a scoreless eighth out of Gateway's bullpen, while RHP Will LaMarche picked up his sixth save of the season in the ninth. LaMarche retired the side in order.
Heck paced the offense with two hits while eight of the hitters in Gateway's lineup reached base at least once.
The victory concludes the Grizzlies 2016 season and the tenth season for manager Phil Warren.
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