Southern Maryland 4, High Point 2
(7/3/2022, High Point, NC) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs won the rubber game of a three-game series over the High Point Rockers, 4-2, tonight. The Blue Crabs finish the first half of the season on Monday, July 4. With a win tomorrow, the Blue Crabs would have the best first-half winning percentage in league history.
Southern Maryland turned to Nick Wells tonight for a spot start. Wells allowed a leadoff home run to High Point centerfielder Johnny Field in the bottom of the first inning but settled down from there. Wells ultimately pitched three innings, allowing four hits and one run.
The Blue Crabs trailed 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning. Chris Rollins, the starting pitcher for High Point, had not played a professional baseball game in nine years. Rollins struggled with control but did not allow a hit for the first four innings. Kyle Mott (L, 1-1) replaced Rollins with two outs in the fifth and a runner on second base. Mott promptly walked Jared Walker. The next batter, Alex Crosby, lofted a home run over the right-field wall, scoring Sundberg and Walker to put the Blue Crabs ahead 3-1.
The Blue Crabs continued to rally in the sixth inning. Joe DeLuca led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second later in the inning. With two outs, Jack Sundberg knocked a base hit up the middle, scoring DeLuca to give the Blue Crabs a 4-1 advantage.
Meanwhile, Dalton Geekie (W, 1-1) dominated the middle innings. Geekie pitched three innings, allowing only two hits and striking out two. Patrick Baker entered in the seventh inning. After allowing a leadoff home run to Tyler Ladendorf, Baker retired the Rockers in order with a pair of strikeouts.
In the eighth, Bradley Roney pitched a 1-2-3 inning that included a pair of strikeouts. In the ninth, the Blue Crabs turned to Endrys Briceno (SV, 3). After hitting the first batter, Endrys Briceno retired the next three Rockers in order, finalizing the Blue Crabs’ 4-2 victory.
With the win, the Blue Crabs have a 47-18 record in the first half and win their 17th series of the year. Southern Maryland returns home tomorrow, as they take on the High Point Rockers for July 4.
Gastonia 10, Lexington 5
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Luis Roman led a 13-hit attack on Sunday afternoon, lifting the Gastonia Honey Hunters to a 10-5 win over the Lexington Legends at Wild Health Field.
Gastonia scored early and often in the contest, plating six runs in the first three innings.
Rader Ascanio led off the scoring with a towering home run to left field putting Gastonia on the board 1-0. The blast for Ascanio was his second of the season and his first homer on the road.
In the second inning Luis Castro singled to open the frame. After a steal of second, Luis Roman scored Castro on a base hit giving Gastonia a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the second inning Lexington charged in front with a four run outburst, highlighted by Courtney Hawkins´ two run double. The extra base hit for Hawkins drove in his 62nd RBI for the season.
The prosperity afforded to Lexington, however, was short lived as Gastonia erupted for four runs in the third inning. Once again, Luis Roman took center stage hitting a mammoth blast to right field for a grand slam home run. The home run was his ninth of the season, giving him 32 RBI on the year.
The early run support for Gastonia, buttressed by a stalwart effort from the Honey Hunters bullpen, kept the Lexington Legends off the scoreboard until the ninth inning.
After tacking on a single run in the fifth inning, Gastonia put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning, putting them out in front 10-4.
Roman opened the frame with a walk and Jake Skole would score him on his second double of the day. Alex Holderbach would drive home Skole with a single to right. A Zach Jarrett pinch-hit single advanced Holderbach to second. After a Herlis Rodriguez ground out to first, Ascanio would score Holderbach on a sacrifice fly, closing out the Gastonia offense.
Lexington would scratch home a run in the ninth inning off Gastonia reliever Onas Farfan to make it a 10-5 game.
Henry Martinez picked up the win in relief for Gastonia, pitching two innings of scoreless baseball. The win for Martinez was his first of the year. Brett Schneider was saddled with the setback dropping his record to 0-1.
Along with Roman´s big day, Joseph Rosa and Jake Skole would each collect two doubles in the contest. Alex Holderbach would also collect two hits in the contest.
Out of the 13 hits for Gastonia, seven went for extra bases, including the home runs by Ascanio and Roman.
The win for Gastonia was their 44th of the season and puts them one win away from becoming just the 12th team in Atlantic League history to win 45 games or more during the first half of the schedule.
Gastonia will close out the first half´s regular schedule against the High Point Rockers. First pitch is set for 6:15 pm.
Lancaster 6, Staten Island 1
LANCASTER, Pa. - Nile Ball may not have much room left for his continued improvement.
After taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Lexington on Tuesday, the right-hander fired eight shutout innings on three singles Sunday afternoon pitching the Lebanon Ironmasters (a.k.a. Lancaster Barnstormers) to a 6-1 victory and a three-game sweep over the Staten Island Ferryhawks at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Ball (4-3) walked one, hit a batter and struck out eight in the performance. It marked the fourth straight time that the Georgia native has worked at least seven innings. In addition, the effort was his fifth quality start of the year and his third straight decision on the winning side.
Staten Island put runners at first and third with two outs on both the second and fifth innings. Ball fanned Andres Noriega for the final out in the second inning and retired Antoine Duplantis on a ground out to second base in the fifth.
A single and error gave the Ferryhawks runners at first and second in the sixth. Ball calmly coaxed a double play grounder out of Mariel Bautista to close the inning.
The Ironmasters plated a run off former Houston Astros’ right-hander David Martinez in the home first. Shawon Dunston, Jr. yanked a single into right field and took third on a hit-and-run single by Melvin Mercedes. Dunston scored when Andretty Cordero grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Martinez was not reached again until the fifth when Dunston and Mercedes both walked in front of Cordero’s ninth home run of the season, a drive that hugged the left field line. The fair call held up after the umpiring trio conferred.
Trayvon Robinson singled home LeDarious Clark in the seventh inning, and the Ironmasters picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-0 edge.
Staten Island picked up a run off Scott Shuman in the top of the ninth. Shuman, in his second appearance since spending seven weeks on the injured list, allowed a leadoff single by Ricardo Cespedes, who stole second. Bautista advanced the runner to third, and Cespedes scored on a two-out wild pitch that just slipped away from Anthony Peroni.
The Lancaster Barnstormers will head to York on Monday for a 4:30 start. Brooks Hall (0-1) will start for Lancaster against York lefty Austin Nicely. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, beginning at 4:25.
NOTES: In his last five starts, Ball is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA…He has allowed 18 hits while walking seven and striking out 38…Mercedes is 21-for-52 (.404) in the last 13 games…Robinson also had three hits as well and is batting .448 (13-29) over the last seven…Dunston has reached base in 20 of 21 games…He stole his 13th base…Clark has scored in 15 of his last 19 games.
Long Island 8, York 7
(Central Islip, N.Y., July 3, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the York Revolution 8-7 in waddle-off fashion on Sunday night in the rubber game of a three-game series before a past-capacity crowd of 7,149 at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
York took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning on Carlos Franco’s grand slam to right field off Ducks starter Stephen Tarpley. Long Island answered with three in the bottom of the first off Revolution starter Nick Travieso on a bases loaded walk by Deibinson Romero, a wild pitch that scored Joe DeCarlo and an RBI groundout by Dustin Woodcock. L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI double to right in the third tied the game at four.
The Revolution regained the lead in the fifth on Nellie Rodriguez’s RBI single to center and a double play ball that scored JC Encarnacion. However, a three-run bottom of the fifth shot Long Island back in front 7-6. Woodcock’s RBI double to right, a balk that scored Woodcock and a solo home run to left by L.J. Mazzilli highlighted the inning.
An RBI single to center by Josue Herrera in the top of the eighth tied the game at seven. The Ducks answered back to win the game in the bottom of the ninth on Vladimir Frias’ RBI single to right field, which scored Rusney Castillo.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Tarpley pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out seven. Travieso lasted five and one-third innings as well, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb (2-2) picked up the win after tossing one and one-third scoreless innings, conceding two hits while striking out three. Jim Fuller (2-4) took the loss, yielding the winning run on a hit and two walks in the ninth.
Woodcock led the Ducks offensively with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mazzilli added two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk.
The Ducks hit the road on Monday night to open a two-game series against the Staten Island FerryHawks in the “Battle of the Belt”. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Scott Harkin (4-6, 4.03) gets the start for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty Dakota Freese (1-4, 2.80).
Long Island returns home on Wednesday, July 6, to begin another two-game set with the FerryHawks.
Kentucky 7, Charleston 6
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