continued With one out in the top of the seventh, Pilotti returned and skied a shot just over the fence in left field, extending the Warriors' lead to 4-1. At the time, it seemed like a nice insurance run, but no one realized just how valuable that extra tally would be.
Leading off for the Bees in the bottom of the seventh, Jake Norton singled. Jimmy Schmidt's double to left field allowed Norton to score, making it 4-2. Rattled for the first time all afternoon, Caruso walked no. 9 hitter Josh Demoski on four pitches.
Now it was the top of the order, and when Savacool tried a sacrifice bunt, no one for the Warriors covered first base, allowing Savacool to reach, loading the bases with still nobody out.
Charbonneau then crushed a Caruso delivery - but hit it right to Contegni for the first out. Because Contegni was in the right position, he prevented a hit that, at the very least, ties things up, and may have even won it had it reached the gap.
Instead, Gabe Levanti's groundout yielded just one run as Demoski came home. Taking no chances, Caruso intentionally walked clean-up hitter Connor Martin, leaving it to Leo, who worked a 2-2 count before his grounder ended the drama.