Rortvedt plays key role in wild comeback win

Ben Rortvedt has been one of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ better hitters since being promoted to Double-A in late April.

But lately, he’s been in cool-off mode, having tallied just two hits in the previous four games entering last Wednesday night’s showdown with the Mississippi Braves at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

The 21-year-old catcher and highly touted Minnesota Twins prospect flipped a switch against the M-Braves the night before the Fourth of July, however, producing three hits, including the game-winner in a wild 14-13 win that might just go down as the craziest Blue Wahoos game in franchise history.

The two teams combined for 36 hits, with 20 going for extra-bases, a Southern League record, and the Blue Wahoos overcame deficits of 4-0, 10-4 and 13-6 to nail down their sixth consecutive victory.

“It was wild,” Rortvedt said. “Both teams were slugging it today, hitting balloons. It was a lot of fun.”

Rortvedt stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs in a tied game. An inning earlier, Pensacola had erased a seven-run deficit to tie the game at 13-13. A two-run homer by Rortvedt pulled the Blue Wahoos within one in that inning.

Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 a year.

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