Gastonia 6, High Point 4
GASTONIA, N.C. - The Gastonia Honey Hunters used a three-run eighth to earn a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the High Point Rockers on Saturday night at Caromont Health Park.
Jerry Keel got the start for Gastonia, going opposite Neil Uskali. Keel was seeking his fifth win of the year while Uskali was looking to avenge a loss from last weekend in High Point against the division leaders.
The Rockers took an early lead as Giovanny Alfonzo scored on a Jerry Downs single to right, giving High Point a 1-0 lead.
Luis Roman delivered his sixth home run of the season in the fourth, with a deep drive that almost left the Caromont Health Park property. His blast would tie things at
Keel would depart the contest before the sixth, giving up a single run on four hits and three strikeouts. He would leave the game in the hands of the very steady Gastonia bullpen.
In the sixth, Zander Wiel put the Rockers back on top with a towering drive to left against Euclides Leyer. The clout was Wiel´s seventh and put High Point back on top 2-1.
In the seventh, Gastonia took the lead with a pair of runs in the frame, as Herlis Rodriguez doubled to left field, scoring Jaylen Smith and Jack Reinheimer off reliever Jonathan Crawford.
In the eighth, High Point retaliated, as Johnny Field lifted a homer to left off Gastonia reliever Sam Bordner. The homer for Field was his fifth, tying the game at 3-3.
High Point wasn't finished in the eighth, as they tacked on another run on an Alfonzo single that scored Logan Morrison, who came in to pinch-hit earlier in the frame.
The lead, however, was short lived, as Jake Skole left the yard in the bottom of the inning to tie things at 4-4.
Gastonia would plate two more runs off of High Point hurlers Adam Choplick and Chasen Bradford to grow their largest lead of the night to 6-4. Jack Reinheimer stroked a single to left to score Reece Hampton, while Joseph Rosa got an infield safety to drive home Stuart Levy, a defensive replacement for the Honey Hunters in the eighth innin.
Jairo Diaz entered the fray in the ninth, but would only record one out before departing with an apparent injury.
Jesus Balaguer would come on to close out the ninth, striking out the only two batters he faced. The save for Balaguer was his ninth on the year, but his third in as many nights.
Bordner picked up the win in relief, to move his win total to a league-high seven on the campaign.
Adam Choplick took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year.
The win for Gastonia (31-14) earns a series win for the second consecutive weekend and expands the Honey Hunters lead over High Point(28-17) by three games. High Point has lost eight straight, a franchise record for the club.
The Honey Hunters wrap up the series on Sunday against High Point. Reilly Hovis will take the ball for Gastonia, as Colt Webb gets the nod for High Point. First pitch is set for 6:15.
Lancaster 12, Lexington 2
LANCASTER, Pa. - The Lancaster Barnstormers struck for nine runs in their final three trips to the plate on Saturday evening to pull away for a 12-2 victory over the Lexington Legends in the middle game of a three-game weekend series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Through the first three innings, the only run of the game was on a Kelly Dugan sacrifice fly in the third that scored Shawon Dunston, Jr. when the throw from left fielder Courtney Hawkins came out of the setting sun, blinding catcher Blake Swihart at the last second.
Trace Loehr would add a two-run homer onto the right field deck in the bottom of the fourth off Keyvius Sampson (2-2), and LeDarious Clark chimed in with a solo shot in the sixth for a 4-0 edge.
The true explosion began in the seventh, when the Barnstormers added four off reliever Brett Schneider. Jake Hoover started the inning with a triple to left center. Dunston walked and stole second, and both runners scored when Melvin Mercedes tore a double into the right field corner. Mercedes advanced to third on a wild pitch during a walk to Dugan. Andretty Cordero singled home one, and Colton Shaver temporarily capped the onslaught with a double inside the third base bag.
Lancaster’s eighth was similar against Andrew Kramer. Hoover got it going with a single up the middle and raced to second on a passed ball. One out later, Mercedes dropped a single into shallow center. Dugan brought home one run with a force play grounder. Cordero reached on a single behind the third base bag before Clark and Shaver banged out doubles.
Brooks Hall made his return to the Barnstormers, tossing the first four innings of three-hit shutout baseball on 39 pitches. Brett Clarke (1-0) faced six batters over the next two innings to earn the win. Cole Aker and West Tunnell tossed a scoreless inning each.
Then, with one out in the ninth, Phillip Ervin ruined the shutout with a two-run homer to right off Erik Cha.
Lancaster will seek the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Oscar De La Cruz (2-0) will make the start for the Barnstormers against Lexington pitching coach J.J. Hoover (2-5). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel or Blue Ridge 11 at 1:00 PM.
NOTES: Shaver tied the club record with three doubles…Hall made his second Lancaster start since 2018…The South Carolina native made a start at Gastonia opening weekend in 2021 before his contract was purchased by the Brewers…Lancaster knocked out eight extra base hits for the second straight night…Lancaster pitchers have walked three and struck out 31 in the last three games.
Kentucky 5, York 4
(June 11, 2022 – Lexington, KY): The York Revolution stormed back to take a lead with a four-run seventh inning but fell to the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes, 5-4 on a walk-off double by Chris Shaw in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday night at Wild Health Field. The Revs fall to 2-3 on their current 12-game road trip with all three losses coming on walk-off hits in tie games in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Revs spot starter Alberto Rodriguez was excellent early, carrying a one-hit shutout into the fifth in his first starting assignment since 2018. The righty set down eight straight and 12 of 13 at one point.
The Genomes grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Chase Vallot opened the scoring with a home run to left. Jimmy Paredes added an RBI single to right and Shaw greeted reliever Isaac Sanchez with another RBI knock to right, plating the third run charged to Rodriguez in his 4.2 innings.
Wild Health starter Elih Villanueva stranded nine runners through five laborious innings as the Revs were unable to capitalize on opportunities.
York finally struck in the seventh when Elmer Reyes launched a leadoff homer down the left field line to get the Revs on the board. Melky Mesa followed with a double to left-center and moved to third on a Nellie Rodriguez single to left. A wild pitch brought home Mesa to make it a 3-2 game, and with two outs, pinch-hitter JC Encarnacion bashed a two-run homer to right, putting the Revs on top in dramatic fashion, 4-3. It was just the seventh pinch-hit homer in Revs history as Encarnacion becomes the first Revs hitter to slug two pinch-homers in his career with York, having connected on the most recent one last September.
Luke Becker immediately tied it for the Genomes with a leadoff homer to left-center in the bottom of the seventh.
Paredes drew a leadoff walk from reliever Robinson Parra (2-2) in the bottom of the ninth and Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. That set the stage for Shaw’s walk-off double to deep center, putting an end to the contest.
York was plagued by 13 runners left on base, as the offense went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position on the night.
The Revs will aim for a series win in Sunday afternoon’s finale at 2:05 p.m. as Jorge Martinez squares off with Wild Health lefty Robby Scott.
Staten Island 4, Long Island 2
STATEN ISLAND, NY– Staten Island sent all nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning on Saturday night at SIUH Community Park, scoring three runs on just two hits en route to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory against the Ducks. The FerryHawks third win in the last four nights guarantees them the franchise’s fourth-ever series victory.
Trailing 2-1 since the end of the first inning, Staten Island was aided by a bevy of free passes in the eighth inning to grab and hold the lead. The rally was kickstarted with a one-out single from Joseph Monge, who would steal second base for his team-leading 10ththieve of the season. With Ducks Starter Scott Harkin still on the mound, Ricardo Cespedes singled, putting runners on the corners for Dilson Herrera. Ricardo Cespedes attempted to steal second base, prompting a poor throw by Ducks catcher Joe DeCarlo. The toss sailed into centerfield and allowed Monge to score from third to tie the game 2-2. With Cespedes on second base, Herrera popped out to right field for inning’s second out. Long Island elected to go to reliever Ryan Meisinger to get the final out of the eighth inning with Angel Aguilar due up The Ducks elected to intentionally walk Aguilar to face Miguel Bautista. After a double steal by Cespedes and Aguilar, Bautista drew a walk to load the bases for Stephen Alemais. In his FerryHawks debut, Alemais fought back from an 0-2 count to also draw the base on balls, pushing home Cespedes for the 3-2 lead. Meisinger’s fourth walk of the inning (to John Nester) brought in the third run of the inning for a 4-2 FerryHawks advantage.
Victor Capellan worked a 1-2-3 top half of the ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season, sealing the 4-2 win.
The Ducks drew first blood on Saturday, plating two runs in the first inning and holding a 2-1 advantage until Staten Island’s eight-inning rally. Sam Travis singled home the game’s first run, before Rusney Castillo’s double quickly gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Both runs were unearned due to an error on Ricardo Cespedes in centerfield earlier in the frame.
Staten Island responded immediately in the form of Angel Aguilar, who belted his team-best seventh home run of the season over the wall in left-center field. The solo shot cut the deficit to 2-1.
Scott Harkin (3-4) tossed a season-high 7.2 innings despite being slapped with the loss. He struck out five FerryHawks without issuing a walk.
Anthony Auletta went five strong innings in a spot start, his first start of the season. He also struck out five and issued just one walk.
Connor Law, Alex Katz, and Joe Kuzia (2-2) bridged the gap to Capellan, tossing three scoreless innings to preserve the 2-1 deficit.
Staten Island (14-30) and Long Island wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 4:00 PM. RHP Nick Carrell is slated to pitch for the FerryHawks against Ducks RHP Anderson DeLeon at SIUH Community Park. The FerryHawks Pregame Show begins at 3:45 PM on the SI FerryHawks Baseball Network.
Postgame Notes: FerryHawks pitching has not allowed an earned run in 29.0 innings...Stephen Alemais finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in his debut...Staten Island has started the ‘Battle of the Belt’ (2-0) at home...FerryHawks have won four of the last five games
Charleston 6, Southern Maryland 4
The Charleston Dirty Birds and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs squared off at Appalachian Power Park for game two of the series on a gorgeous evening in Charleston.
On the mound for the Dirty Birds was LHP Derrick Adams who went to work against Southern Maryland's RHP Daryl Thompson.
The Blue Crabs jumped out in front early in the top of the first as Joe DeLuca hit a solo homer making it 1-0.
Southern Maryland added to their lead in the second as they scored one run on a Braxton Lee fielders choice scoring Alex Crosby.
Southern Maryland kept the runs coming in the third as they scored two runs after doubles from Jared Walker and David Harris making the score 4-0.
Charleston finally answered in the 5th inning when Scott Kelly singled to left bringing home Yovan Gonzalez making the score 4-1.
Then in the sixth inning, the Dirty Birds were able to score one as Diego Goris drove in Juan Perez with a single. Two batters later Yovan Gonzalez hit for an RBI groundout making the score 4-3. The next batter was Scott Kelly who ended up getting it by a pitch tying the game at four. Anfernee Seymour then walked with the bases loaded to take the lead 5-4. Engel Beltre than proceeded to groundout which scored Tyler Blaum increasing the lead to 6-4.
Francisco Carillo, Kevin Siegrist, and Tyler Wilson took care of business in the later innings as they gave up zero runs on zero hits and combined for five strikeouts. Wilson was credited the save and Derrick Adams got the win.
Charleston improves to 19-26 on the season and will face Southern Maryland for the deciding game three Sunday at 5:05PM.
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