TERRE HAUTE —
Another day, another comeback in the Prospect League for the Terre Haute Rex.
Conor Fisk got drilled for six hits and four runs in the third inning but the Rex climbed back in the game, eventually tying it at 4-4 in the seventh when Ronnie Mitchell doubled and scored on a single by Jacob Hayes.
That set up heroics by Stephen Bruno in the bottom of the ninth. After Hayes reached on an infield single and Springfield manager Danny Cox was ejected after arguing the call, Bruno came to the plate.
Hayes stole second on an 0-2 count, but Bruno battled against Springfield pitcher Chris Hoffman.
Then the University of Virginia standout hit a towering blast over the left-field wall for a game-winning two-run homer. The Rex won 6-4.
“He was fighting me. He’s got some good stuff, and I was just trying to see the ball up,” Bruno said. “I was trying not to chase a ball. Luckily, I got a pitch up that I could drive.”
The victory sets up a win-and-in scenario for the Rex today against Danville at Bob Warn Field. The Rex can clinch a playoff spot by either claiming the second-half West Division title or by having the second-best overall record in the division if the Quincy Gems win the second-half title.
The Rex could also take the playoff berth with a loss if Springfield loses to Hannibal tonight.
Fisk gave up a triple to left-center field, a triple to right-center field and a double to the wall in straightaway center in the third inning.
“I hadn’t been hit like that all year,” the Rex strikeout leader said. “It kind of got to me a bit. I just refocused and settled down.”
Fisk only allowed one hit, a harmless single in the eighth, the rest of the game. He struck out seven and walked one. The Rex pitcher had not allowed a triple all season before Friday night.
His experience this summer against quality competition has helped him raise the level of his game.
“It definitely comes with experience, especially when you get to this level,” Fisk said. “Every guy in the lineup can hit you. When they start tagging you like that, it kind of gets to you. You’ve got to be able to re-center and refocus and come back with your best stuff.”
Fisk has been impressed by the resilience of the Rex, who have overcome numerous injuries to both the lineup and the pitching staff to stay in the playoff hunt. Bruno’s sixth home run of the season — in just 63 at-bats — to capped the biggest win of the season so far.
“That was huge. That was impressive,” Fisk said. “Going down four early in a game, you definitely have time to come back. We battled our way back. We just have a lot of talent up and down the lineup, even on the bench. A guy will get hurt and a guy will come in and be hot right away. We just have a lot of competitors.”
The contributions came from up and down the lineup Friday.
Designated hitter Mike Schroeder, a recent addition to the roster, provided a two-run single in the fourth to start the scoring for the Rex.
Chris Bossenbery tossed a scoreless ninth inning in his league-high 29th appearance out of the bullpen. He allowed a leadoff double to Ryan McMillin but escaped the jam when a Jeremy Shay bunt came right back to the mound. Bossenbery’s throw to third was low, but Koby Kraemer dug it out of the turf and barely got the tag down in time to nail the go-ahead runner.
Following the home run by Bruno that ended the game, Springfield’s pitcher continued to express his frustration at the base umpire, who was walking toward the exit in right field. The Springfield dugout continued to express that frustration toward Rex players and coaches after the teams shook hands.
Filling in for suspended manager Brian Dorsett, Rex coach Darrin Barton tried to keep the peace. He agreed the Rex were on the fortunate end of the call on Hayes’ infield single, but that’s baseball.
“There’s been a lot of calls go back and forth all summer long. You can’t just pick one call to make your whole summer. Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don’t,” Barton said.
Bruno, who missed almost all of the spring with top-ranked Virginia due to injury, is just enjoying the chance to compete.
“It’s not just a summer league,” Bruno said. “It’s a place for players to bond. We’ve got a great team, a lot of players are stepping up.”
Walk-off homer completes comeback against Springfield
TERRE HAUTE —
Another day, another comeback in the Prospect League for the Terre Haute Rex.
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Rex fall to Miners 4-3 in 11 innings, forcing them into tie with Quincy for first place
The West Virginia Miners tallied the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday night at Bob Warn Field, then held Terre Haute scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to post a 4-3 baseball victory and shove the Rex into a virtual tie for first place with the Quincy Gems in the Prospect League West Division second-half standings.
Terre Haute is now 18-8 in the second half, while Quincy is 19-9.
Sabo's 11th-inning double keeps Rex in first place
Ryan Sabo, a Southern Illinois infielder, was one of several Terre Haute Rex players to come up short in RBI situations through nine innings, but he redeemed himself in the bottom of the 11th inning with a two-out double to center field to lift the Rex to a 2-1 victory over West Virginia.
Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex
The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.
Metro: Rex maintain pace in West race
The Terre Haute Rex maintained pace in the tight Prospect League West Division race with a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Sliders at Robin Roberts Stadium.
Rex pull even with Gems in West Division
Rex beat Quincy 2-1.
Prospect League: Rex crush Cavemen
One day after an errror-filled 13-inning loss to Springfield at home, the Terre Haute Rex cleaned up their act on the road. There were no errors, and for the Hannibal Cavemen, no runs either. Terre Haute's six-run fourth inning broke the game open as the Rex won 10-0 late Tuesday.
Rex recover with 10-0 win over Hannibal
Rex beat Hannibal 10-0 on Tuesday.
Newcomer pitches Rex to win at Danville
Clint Chestnut made his first start as a member of the Terre Haute Rex a good one Saturday evening, allowing just three hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Rex won 2-1 at Danville.
Lockdown: Rex’s Jacknewitz stifles Cavemen before record home crowd
Greg Jacknewitz had his best start of the summer, taking a shutout into the eighth inning to earn a big ovation from the biggest crowd in the five years of the Terre Haute Rex franchise.
Rex beat Chillicothe 3-1
The Terre Haute defense backed Andrew Moralez with four double plays in his initial trip to the mound for the Rex on Thursday at Bob Warn Field as a season-high 1,184 fans watched a three-game losing streak come to a close.
Gems take two from Rex, drop Terre Haute to second place
The Terre Haute Rex managed just one run in 16 innings Tuesday at Quincy, dropping both games of a doubleheader to the Gems, who took over first place in the West Division with the wins.
Gems cut Rex hold on first place to 1/2 game
As good as the Terre Haute Rex have been in the second half of the Prospect League season — the Rex had lost just once entering Saturday's game against the Quincy Gems — the Gems themselves have given the Rex little reason to feel comfortable atop the West Division.
Metro sports: Rosselli, Biechler capture Prospect League honors
The Terre Haute Rex swept the Prospect League Player of the Week honors this week.
Rex return from All-Star break with a win at Danville
The Terre Haute Rex returned to action on Thursday in winning fashion as they defeated Danville 4-1.
Prospect League All-Star Game: East makes early lead stick in 9-2 victory
The West Division will have to overcome the East Division having home-field advantage for the second straight year in the Prospect League's championship series. The East jumped out to an early lead on its way to a 9-2 victory in the Prospect League all-star baseball game Tuesday night.
Like the Butler Blue Sox and West Virginia Miners in the East, Terre Haute can turn its focus to battling for a second-half title to earn a playoff berth.
Rosselli gets close to winning Derby, but River Rat triumphs
Terre Haute’s Tony Rosselli didn’t disappoint the hometown baseball fans Tuesday night, powering his way to eight home runs at Bob Warn Field.
But Rosselli lost in a five-out tiebreaker round in the finals to Kyle Jackson of the Richmond River Rats to take second place in the Prospect League’s Home Run Derby.
Shining stars: Rex manager Segal to lead West Division tonight at Bob Warn Field
Terre Haute Rex first-year manager Bobby Segal will guide the West Division against the East Division, managed by Chillicothe’s Greg Cypret, in the Prospect League all-star baseball game, scheduled for tonight at Terre Haute’s Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Metro sports: McVicker brings home 3 gold medals
Jack McVicker of Terre Haute won three gold medals in the IBJJF Paris Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament on June 28-29 in France.
Indiana State's Rosselli, Zahn providing power boost to Rex
The Terre Haute Rex will have a pair of Indiana State baseball players among its 11 representatives in Tuesday’s Prospect League All-Star Game at Bob Warn Field.
First baseman Jeff Zahn will start at first base for the West Division squad coached by Bobby Segal, and Terre Haute native Tony Rosselli will be a reserve outfielder.
Rosselli hit his fifth and sixth home runs of the season Saturday to lead the Rex to their sixth straight win behind big offensive performances. The Rex have totaled 51 runs during their past five wins to start the second half of the season.
Rex roll to sixth straight victory Saturday
When the Terre Haute Rex get five runs in a game? Bank on a victory. Often times, they get far more than that.
So it was again on Saturday. A four-run fourth inning helped the Rex defeat Hannibal 8-2 in front of 1,028 fans at Bob Warn Field.
Rex roll to 18-2 triumph
The Terre Haute Rex cruised to an 18-2 victory over Springfield on Friday night, one night after scoring 15 runs.
ISU players key Rex to 3-0 start in second half
The Terre Haute Rex improved to 3-0 in the second half of the Prospect League schedule with a 5-1 victory Wednesday at Quincy.
Rex pick up 5-2 victory at Quincy
The Terre Haute Rex (18-13) and the Quincy Gems (17-12) each put runners in scoring position on Tuesday, but the Terre Haute Rex capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 5-2 win at Quincy Stadium.
Rex get 10 players on West All-Stars
The Terre Haute Rex will have 10 players take the field July 8 for the Prospect League All-Star Game at Bob Warn Field.
Manuel DeJesus, who is batting .368 on the season, will be in the starting lineup for the West Division, which will be led by Rex manager Bobby Segal.
Rex third baseman Ryan Sabo, a .244 hitter, will start for the West, along with designated hitter Cayce Bredleau, a .276 hitter with a home run and 16 RBI through 28 games.
Rex down Hannibal Cavemen, 7-5
The Terre Haute Rex got back on the winning track Monday night in Prospect League baseball, scoring twice in the top of the first inning and leading the rest of the way for a 7-5 win over the Hannibal Cavemen.
Dans’ Sutton shuts down Rex
The Terre Haute Rex needed victories Friday night against Danville and Sunday against Hannibal to clinch a Prospect League playoff spot as the first-half West Division champion.
Rex win 16-4 at Hannibal
n Terre Haute 16, Hannibal 4 — At Hannibal, Mo., the visiting Rex scored six runs in the top of the second inning Thursday night and coasted home to salvage the final game of a three-game series.
Rex fall again to Cavemen, dropping into tie for first place
The Terre Haute Rex lost for the third straight night Wednesday, falling 8-2 in the second game of a three-game series at Hannibal, Mo.
The Rex jumped ahead of the Cavemen early in the game with a 2-1 lead in the second, but Hannibal scored three in the fifth and four in the seventh to take the victory.
Rex drop first of three-game series to Cavemen
The Terre Haute Rex dropped their second straight game Tuesday night at Hannibal, Mo., falling to the Cavemen by a 5-1 score.
Gardner comes home to haunt former team
A hometown player and former team member halted the Terre Haute Rex winning streak in Prospect League baseball at Bob Warn Field on Monday as Cody Gardner contributed two big hits to a 4-1 win for the visiting Danville Dans.
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