Trailing 17-1 after five innings, the Clinton LumberKings were down — in their moods as well as on the scoreboard. Then the players, all prospects hoping to one day make the major leagues, started thinking back to last weekend, when they overcame an eight-run deficit.
“We kind of had that in the back of our heads. I was like, ‘Hey, it’s not over ‘til it’s over,’” second baseman Lonnie Kauppila recalled, invoking Yogi Berra’s famous saying. “It was a long shot. But once we got into the ninth inning, it was like, ‘Hey, we can do it again.’”