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Wacky Finish Leads to Charleston 3-2 Walkoff Win

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With runners at the corners and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dante Bichette, Jr. swung at a pitch and missed, the ball got away from Greenville catcher Jordan Weems and scored Jackson Valera from third to win the game. The ball appeared to hit Bichette, Jr.'s bat on the backswing, and the play was argued vehemently by the coaches and players from the Drive. But, in the end the call stood and the RiverDogs knocked off the Drive 3-2 in front of 3,017 fans at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action on Wednesday night.

With the dramatic win, the RiverDogs improve to 9-8 in the second half and 48-37 overall. Charleston is now in sole possession of third place in the SAL Southern Division standings. Greenville falls to 11-9 in the second half and 33-56 overall. They remain in second place of the Southern Division.

Greenville got on the board first with an RBI double by David Chester in the first inning scoring Jose Vinicio who singled and stole a base earlier in the frame. Greenville would extend the lead with a solo homer from David Chester in the top of the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Chester finished his night 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBI's.

Greenville starter Jacob Dahlstrand went seven innings and allowed a pair of runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Dahlstrand received a no-decision as he departed for right-hander Raynel Velette. Velette (0-1) took the hard luck loss with his 2.2 innings of work that saw him allow a run on two hits while striking out a pair walking two.

In an 0-2 hole, the RiverDogs would battle back scoring single run in the fifth, seventh and tenth innings. Cito Culver, Aaron Gates, and Jackson Valera all led Charleston offensively with two hits each.

Charleston's first run was knocked in by Gates who plated Angelo Gumbs. The RiverDogs second run in the seventh inning was scored by Kelvin De Leon who reached on a two out single. De Leon scored on a wild pitch from Greenville starter Jacob Dahlstrand.

RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four. Niebla received a no decision and was relieved by righty Derek Varnadore who was celebrating his 23rdbirthday. Varnadore's final line was one inning, two hits, and three strikeouts. Varnadore gave way to Alex Smith to start the eighth inning. Smith's pitched one inning, allowed one hit and walked two. Tyler Webb (1-1) came in to start the ninth and earned his first professional win with a perfect two innings of work to go along with five strikeouts.  

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