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TinCaps lose marathon to Burlington

The TinCaps and Burlington just kept playing and playing Wednesday afternoon.

The Bees defeated the TinCaps 7-5 in the 18th inning long after the school children returned to their class rooms and the teams turned to position players to finish the game at Parkview Field. The game lasted five hours and 45 minutes.

First baseman Ryan Dalton pitched the final inning for the Bees to get the save after center fielder Mark Shannon pitched three innings to get the win.

The TinCaps had to use right fielder Ronnie Richardson to pitch the 18th inning.

The TinCaps (4-8) were coming off a 13-3 win Tuesday and were seeking their first back-to-back wins of the season. Burlington (7-5) opened the series with a 4-2 snow-shortened win Monday.

Burlington right fielder Ranyelmy Mendoza opened the scoring on the first pitch of the second inning as he sent it over the left-field wall.

The Bees kept the lead until they got sloppy in the sixth inning.

TinCaps center fielder Mallex Smith walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth and moved to third base when starter Ryan Etsell's pickoff throw was off target. Smith then came home when catcher Stephen McGee's pickoff attempt was also off target.

Ronnie Richardson then drew a walk, and Fernando Perez hit a double to center field to bring in Richardson to give the TinCaps a 2-1 lead.

The Bees took the lead right back in the seventh inning as Angel Rosa drove in two runs with a single to left field with the bases loaded and two outs.

TinCaps third baseman Dustin Peterson tied the game at 3 in the eighth inning with an RBI single to left with no outs, but Peterson was left on first and the teams entered the ninth tied.

Burlington and Fort Wayne traded runs in the 16th inning with Shannon, who moved from center field to pitcher in the 15th for the Bees, bringing in a run with a single.

Peterson tied the game for a second time in the bottom of the 16th when his high flyball to right field was lost in the sun and dropped for a double to bring home Ronnie Richardson. But Josh VanMeter flew out to center field on the next at bat to send the game to the 17th.

Burlington's Kody Eaves drove in Ryan Dalton with a single to center field to go up 5-4, but the TinCaps responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with Franchy Cordero tying the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Burlington took the lead again in the 18th as Mendoza drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field and Ryan Dalton added another with a single to center.

For more on this game, read Thursday's Journal Gazette or return to "Full Count" later today.