Rixon Wingrove is doing his thing, having walk-off at bats. Last season it was three of them. He has earned the moniker of “Walk-Off Wingrove”.
Now, in the Adelaide’s Giants most recent game, he had another, “walk-off”. This time it was a three-run homer that was a “no doubter” in the ninth inning to give the Adelaide Giants a 4-3 overtime win over the Perth Heat.
When the game is on the line, you want Wingrove at the bat. In the seven-inning game, he took his first walk of the season leading off the bottom of the seventh. It looked like a pitch around. Later in the inning, big Rix scored the tying run with the bases loaded on a Kendall Simmons hit by pitch to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the ninth inning, Perth took a 3-1 lead. With the rules putting runners at first and second in overtime. Wingrove led off again and hit his line drive, frozen rope home run to right to win the game 4-3.
All Wingrove has done in his first four games of the ABL season is hit three home runs in 12 at bats. His 1.167 slugging percent leads the league. He now has seven RBIs. Good numbers in any league for some one who will not turn 21 years-old until May 2oth.
No doubt about it, a future Phillies star who plays first base is being born right now “down under”. Remember his name, Rixon”walk-off” Wingrove.