Staten Island 7, High Point 3
STATEN ISLAND, NY– Anthony Rodriguez tossed five innings for the first time in his professional career, helping to spearhead a 7-3 series-finale win at SIUH Community Park over High Point on Monday afternoon. The game was the final time the Rockers and FerryHawks meet in the regular season, with the first six games of the season series going to High Point
The FerryHawks never trailed on Monday, scoring the game’s first run in the third inning. Working against Rockers right-hander Austin Glorious, the FerryHawks received singles from John Nester and Javier Betancourt, before an Angel Aguilar sacrifice fly put Staten Island in front 1-0.
The Rockers had a quick and swift response, tying the game in the next half inning. A double by Quincy Lattimore put a man in scoring position for Johnny Field. The Rockers Centerfielder hit a groundball down the third-base line, which went under Aguilar’s glove for an E-5, scoring Lattimore from second to tie the game.
The see-saw game continued, with the FerryHawks vaulting back in front in the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Wagner was issued a one-out walk and then stole second base. With Ricardo Cespedes at the plate with two outs and Wagner in scoring position, the FerryHawks right fielder managed a bloop double down the left-field line to push Wagner home for a 2-1 lead.
High Point took advantage of another FerryHawks fielding blunder in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game for the second time. The Rockers rally started with an error by second baseman Javier Betancourt, who botched a groundball off the bat of Chris Proctor. Following a Michael Russell double two batters later, Proctor was pushed home on Ben Aklinski’s sacrifice fly to make it a 2-2 game.
The FerryHawks finally took a lead they’d never relinquish in the fifth inning, sending eight batters to the plate for a three-run frame. After Nester and Betancourt were retired by Glorious to start the inning, five consecutive FerryHawks reached base to propel the team in front 5-2. Alfredo Reyes catalyzed the big inning with a two-out bunt single down the third base line. Joseph Monge bunted Glorious next pitch slowly back to the right-handed hurler, but Glorious’ throw to first was off-line. The E-1 allowed Reyes, who was stealing on the bunt, to score all the way from first while Monge went to third base. After Ben Ruta was hit by a pitch, back-to-back singles by Agular and Bautista gave Staten Island a three-run lead after five innings.
Glorious (2-2) allowed five earned runs over his five innings, striking out one and walking one.
Rodriguez (1-1) allowed two runs (both unearned) with five strikeouts and no walks.
A Logan Morrison sixth-inning solo blast off of Eric Marinez would be the final time the Rockers scored. Williams Ramirez and Victor Capellan combined to toss the final two innings scoreless and hitless.
A two-run single by John Nester in the eighth inning provided Staten Island with a little insurance, extending their advantage to 7-3.
Staten Island (7-26) continues its homestand by welcoming in the Lancaster Barnstormers for a three-game series starting Tuesday. First pitch at SIUH Community Park is slated for 6:30 PM with the ‘FerryHawks Pregame Show’ starting at 6:15 PM on the SI FerryHawks YouTube Stream.
Postgame Notes: Three of Staten Island’s seven wins have come in games started by Rodriguez...John Nester is hitting .411 (7-for-17) against High Point...Three FerryHawks (J. Monge, R. Cespedes, J. Nester) recorded multi-hit games...Williams Ramirez has not allowed an earned run in five appearances (5.1 innings)
Gastonia 6, Long Island 2
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The Gastonia Honey Hunters took down the Long Island Ducks on Memorial Day by a 6-2 score at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
The win for Gastonia closes out the road trip winners of four straight, finishing with a 5-2 mark over the last seven days.
Gastonia took the lead in the second inning, as Stuart Levy singled through the middle of the infield, scoring Luis Castro and Emmanuel Tapia. The two-run knock was part of a two hit day, with Levy reaching three times.
With a 2-0 lead in hand, starter Jerry Keel would make it stick, as the southpaw pitched five innings, scattering seven hits, allowing one run.
Manager Mauro Gozzo would rely on his bullpen to maintain the lead, as Euclides Leyer, Quintin Torres-Costa and Sam Bordner would close out the Ducks, allowing only a single run the rest of the way.
The game would require an outburst by the offense to create a little breathing room for the Honey Hunters.
They would get that breathing room in the ninth, plating four runs in the frame to take a 6-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth.
Castro doubled to the right field corner and was followed by a Jake Skole single to right to leave Gastonia poised for a sizable inning.
After a Levy walk, Jack Reinheimer sent a ball up the middle, forcing Vladimir Frias into a misplay of the grounder, scoring Castro and Skole. A Rayder Ascanio single to center scored Levy, stretching the advantage to 5-1.
Joseph Rosa converted Reinheimer from third with a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring for Gastonia.
Bordner would navigate his way through the ninth to earn his second save of the year.
Ascanio and Levy led the way offensively with multi-hit games.
Jerry Keel claimed his third win of the season for Gastonia(24-10), while Stephen Tarpley(0-2) took the loss for Long Island(14-19).
Gastonia returns home with a brief three-game homestand against Long Island as Reilly Hovis will get the ball against the Ducks. First pitch is 6:15pm, with the Honey Hunters pregame show beginning at 6pm. Mike Glennon will bring the call on WGNC am1450 and 101.1fm, as well as the audio stream on www.gohoneyhunters.com.
Lancaster 6, York 5
LANCASTER, Pa. - To pitch to him or not?
That was the question facing York manager Mark Mason with his closer, lefty Jim Fuller, set to face lefty hitting Kelly Dugan with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.
Fuller gave Dugan a pitch to hit, and the Lancaster first baseman dropped a single in front of charging center fielder Connor Lien to drive in the winning run in a 6-5, 10-inning victory on Monday evening.
The win was Lancaster’s first this season when trailing in the late innings.
York scored the courtesy runner, Lien, in the top of the inning. J.C. Encarnacion beat out a trickler on the right side as Lien took third. Jhon Nunez grounded into a 4-6-3 double play on which Lien scored off Josh Graham (1-1).
The bottom of the inning opened with Jake Hoover at second base. Jeff Bianchi, managing after Ross Peeples was ejected in the sixth inning, had Devon Torrence swing away, and the Lancaster left fielder grounded a single into left to send Hoover to third. Torrence stole second without a throw before B.J. Boyd tied the game on a sacrifice fly to left. LeDarious Clark lined to left with Torrence staying at second. Dugan then delivered the winning single off Fuller (0-3).
Clark gave the Barnstormers a 2-0 lead with an opposite field home run in the bottom of the third. York quickly rallied against Augie Sylk in the fourth, loading the bases on two walks and an HBP. Jack Kenley singled home one run, and a second scored on a bases loaded walk to Josue Herrera. Sylk fanned Troy Stokes’ Jr, then, with two outs, Colton Shaver, playing third for the first time in 2022, made a diving stop on a smash by Elmer Reyes to maintain the tie.
Sylk was ejected for throwing a pitch behind Jhon Nunez with one out in the sixth, and, by rule, Peeples went with him. The Revolution took the lead off reliever Chase Johnson on a pair of infield singles and a two base wild pitch.
Shaver followed singles by Clark and Dugan with a double down the left field line to tie the game in the home half of the sixth. Lancaster, however, could not take advantage of the opportunity to move into the lead, and York went ahead again in the seventh.
Elmer Reyes led off the seventh with a soft, one-hop single off the glove of second baseman Andretty Cordero. Carlos Franco moved him to second on a single up the middle. Johnson fanned the next two, then got a bounder off Encarnacion’s bat which eluded Shaver for an error and a 4-3 lead.
Lancaster tied the score in the bottom of the eighth on a Dugan single, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly by Shaver.
The Barnstormers head to Staten Island on Tuesday for the first ever series against the Ferryhawks. Dominic DiSabatino (2-2) will make his first start since May 15 for the Barnstormers. Staten Island is expected to sign a starter in time for the game. Fans may tune into the 6:30 game on the Barnstormers YouTube channel.
NOTES: Dugan had his first four-hit game of the season…It was Lancaster’s first walkoff…The club is 1-2 in extra inning games…Dugan has 22 RBI against the Revs…Boyd has hit safely in 10 of 11…Sylk has a 2.19 ERA in May (6 ER/24.2 IP)…The Barnstormers have hit 17 York batters in the 13 games of the season series…Lancaster leads the War of the Roses, 8-5.
Southern Maryland 10, Charleston 3
(Charleston, WV, May 30, 2022) There was no power shortage today at Appalachian Power Park as the Blue Crabs lineup exploded with 33 total bases in today’s 10-3 win over the Charleston Dirty Birds. McKenzie Mills (W, 4-1) took the hill today for the Crabs as they looked to get on the right track after dropping their first series of the season and losing three out of their last five games.
The top of the second inning started off with a lead-off single by Alex Crosby to put a runner on for Joe DeLuca. The designated hitter started off the scoring with a towering two-run home run in the top of the second inning. An Austin Rei single and a Michael Baca double put two runners in scoring position for Southern Maryland with only one out. Jack Sundberg then grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home Rei, and Zack Collier tallied another RBI this season with an RBI single up the middle to bring home Baca before Charleston was able to stop the bleeding. Southern Maryland’s lead grew to 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.
The top of the third inning started off the exact same way as the top of the second inning. Alex Crosby led off the inning with a base hit, then Joe DeLuca sent his second long ball over the right-field wall for his second home run of the game. With two outs in the top of the third inning, Michael Baca sent his second homer of the season over the left-field wall to give the Crabs a 7-0 after the top of the third.
A hit-batter and a few singles brought across a run for Charleston in the bottom of the third inning, but Southern Maryland still held a comfortable 7-1 lead heading into the fourth inning.
Alex Crosby had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-5 with an RBI and scoring twice in the process. In the top of the fourth inning, a few walks put a runner in scoring position with one out. Alex Crosby then laced a single up the middle, scoring Ian Yetsko from second and adding another run on top of their early lead.
The bottom of the fifth inning started to look promising for Charleston. Scotty Burcham singled and Afernee Seymour put two runners in scoring position with just one out in the inning. Juan Carlo Perez would then his a sacrifice-fly to bring in Burcham, and a rare wild pitch from McKenzie Mills brought home Seymour as the Blue Crabs’ led 8-3 after five innings.
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