The Bradenton Marauders took their first game of the season tonight against the St. Lucie Mets, winning 3-2 in the 11th inning on a walk off hit by pitch by Stefan Welch. The Mets loaded the bases with one out to bring up Welch, who spent the last three years playing for St. Lucie. The first pitch thrown hit Welch in the leg, bringing home Gift Ngoepe from third for the win.

Gift Ngoepe scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first.

STRONG ALL AROUND PLAY FROM GIFT

Gift Ngoepe had a great game tonight, both on the field and at the plate. The shortstop collected three hits in five at-bats, scoring two of the three Bradenton runs, including the winning run. The first hit was an infield single. A wild throw to first allowed Gift to advance to second base. He was later bunted over by Drew M...

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