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Atlantic League Results, Tuesday, May 2, 2023

High Point 16, Charleston 0
 

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point Rockers pounded out 18 hits while holding Charleston to just four in taking a 16-0 win over the Dirty Birds on Tuesday night at Truist Point. Righty Neil Ramirez had a successful Rockers debut, holding Charleston to just one hit over five innings.

Michael Russell continued his hot hitting, collecting three hits including a double. Russell became the first Rocker to reach 300 career hits and tied the club record by hitting a double in his fourth consecutive game. John Nogowski had five RBI including a three-run homer in the second and an RBI double in the seventh. Seven of High Point’s nine starters had at least two hits.

The Rockers struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Shed Long, Jr. led off the game with a double, took third on a fly out to right by Russell and scored on a ground out by Nogowski. With two outs, Charleston starter Eddie Butler walked Zander Wiel and then hit Ben Aklinski with a pitch to put a pair of runners aboard. Catcher Beau Taylor singled up the middle to plate one run before Daikan Yoh lined a single to left to bring home Aklinski and give the Rockers a 3-0 lead.

The Rockers doubled the score in the second when Long, Jr. walked with one out and Russell doubled into the left field corner before Nogowski hit a three-run homer for a 6-0 advantage.

The score remained 6-0 until the fifth when Taylor singled, moved to third on a double by shortstop Ryan Grotjohn and scored on a single by D.J. Burt.

The Dirty Birds had the sky cave in in the eighth when the Rockers scored eight runs on six hits and an error. High Point sent 13 hitters to the plate in falling one run short of the all-time single inning scoring record of nine.

Ramirez made nifty work of the Charleston line-up, facing 17 batters in his five innings of work, striking out three and walking just one. He set down the first 11 Dirty Birds he faced before allowing a single to Dawel Lugo with two outs in the fourth. Cam Cotter, Gabriel Castellanos, Jameson McGrane and Austin Ross each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

High Point will continue its homestand on Wednesday when it hosts Charleston for game two of the series. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. at Truist Point.

 

Lancaster 7, York 2

For the second straight year, the Lancaster Barnstormers came off a tough season-opening road trip and played nearly perfect baseball against the York Revolution in the home opener.

While a far cry from 2022’s 23-7 pounding of the Revs, the Barnstormers utilitzed two Kelly Dugan homers and a four-run uprising in the sixth to defeat York, 7-2, to get the home schedule underway and win for the first time in the new season.

After the returning members of the 2022 championship team received their rings to begin the evening, Dugan drew a roar from the crowd of 5,195 with a towering, two-run drive to right center field off J.T. Hintzen (0-1) in the bottom of the first and added a monstrous solo blast in the seventh.

In the sixth, Hintzen departed after back-to-back one out walks.  Chris Proctor doubled off the wall in right center off lefty Tasker Strobel to create a 3-1 lead.  Jake Hoover followed with a two-run triple over the head of left fielder Alejandro Rivero to extend the cushion to 5-1.  Shawon Dunston, Jr. plopped a bunt down the third base line for a base hit as the lead grew to five.

Jacob Lemoine worked four innings, allowing one run on consecutive doubles by Rivero and Troy Stokes, Jr. in the fourth.  Andrew Lee (1-0) struck out five in two perfect innings to earn the win.

York struck on an infield single by Jalen Miller in the seventh.  Miller immediately stole second and third and would eventually score on a force play grounder by Alexis Pantoja.  Brian Marconi walked Trey Martin, but the Barnstormers would counter slugging right-hander Nellie Rodriguez with righty Mike Adams.  The move paid off with a three-pitch strikeout.

The two teams meet again at 6:30 on Wednesday evening.  Fans may tune into FloSports beginning at 6:25.

NOTES:  Ariel Sandoval has hit safely in all four games…He stole three bases on Tuesday night to lead the league with five…He is 7-for-12 at the plate…Dugan hit 10 homers off York pitching in slightly more than half a season in 2022…Hoover leads the club with five RBI…Lancaster pitching reached double digits in strikeouts for the second time in four games.

 

Long Island 13, Staten Island 4

Gastonia 8, Southern Maryland 6

Leington 4, Frederick 2

 

 



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