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Atlantic League Results, Saturday, May 21, 2022

High Point 5, Staten Island 4

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point Rockers rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth inning, scoring three times in the final frame to post a 5-4 win over Staten Island in front of 2,701 fans at Truist Point.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, High Point’s Michael Martinez bounced a one-hopper to FerryHawks first baseman Kacy Clemens. His throw to the plate sailed over the head of catcher John Nester, allowing Jay Gonzalez to score the tying run and Ben Aklinski to slide home with the winning run.

The Rockers entered their final at-bat trailing 4-1. Giovanny Alfonzo singled to start the frame before Jay Gonzales followed with a single. Aklinski’s double into the leftfield corner plated Alfonzo to make it a 4-2 game. Zander Wiel walked before Martinez’s grounder led the winning runs scoring.

High Point reliever Ryan Dull (1-0) took the win with 1.1 innings of hitless relief. He fanned three of the four batters he faced. FerryHawks reliever Victor Capellan (1-1) took the loss.

The FerryHawks broke the ice in the first inningwhen Clemens homered to right-center to give Staten Island a 1-0 lead. A solo homer from Brandon Wagner leading off the fourth inning put Staten Island ahead 2-0. Later in the fourth, Rymer Liriano walked and would come around to score on an RBI single from Joseph Monge.

High Point scored its first two runs in the seventh inning when Alfonzo singled and Gonzalez drew a walk. Aklinski bounced into a fielder’s choice leaving runners at first and third. A walk to Wiel loaded the bases when Quincy Latimore doubled home a pair of runs with Wiel being thrown out at the plate for the third out.

The Rockers and FerryHawks will play the final game of the three-game series on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. at Truist Point.


Gastonia 6, Charleston 4

GASTONIA, N.C. - The Gastonia Honey Hunters, on the power of eleven hits and a lockdown effort from the bullpen, defeated the Charleston Dirty Birds by a 6-4 score at Caromont Health Park in front of 3,018 people on Military Appreciation Night. The attendance number sets a record for the second consecutive night and marks the first time the club has seen 3,000 enter the gates.

Deck McGuire got the start for the Honey Hunters, seeking win number five on the season. Early on, McGuire had his customarily stellar performance going through the early innings. The right-hander was clean through the third inning, giving the Gastonia hitters an opportunity to get to work.

Luis Roman would open the scoring, clubbing his fourth homer of the year, going opposite field, to give Gastonia a 1-0 advantage.

One inning later, Jack Reinheimer and Joseph Rosa would loop doubles into the left and right field corners to stretch the lead to 2-0.

Nick Longhi would get Charleston on the board with his fifth homer of the season, a deep drive to left to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

The run of single-tally innings continued in the fourth and fifth as Emmanuel Tapia doubled home Zach Jarrett in the fourth to move the lead back to 3-1. In the fifth, Jack Reinheimer would score Herlis Rodriguez on a sac fly to center for a 4-1 advantage.

In the sixth, McGuire would run into his first spot of trouble, giving up a two-spot off a Juan Perez homer.

In the seventh, McGuire would watch the lead evaporate as Engle Beltre would blast a solo homer to right to equalize the contest at 4-4.

McGuire would finish his evening tossing seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out seven. Despite the solid effort, however, he would need some help from the offense to avoid the no-decision.

He would get the needed lift in the seventh, as Joseph led off the frame with a double. Luis Castro would score Rosa on a sharp single to center, giving the 5-4 lead back to Gastonia. Zach Jarrett would just miss a home run, two batters later, singling home Castro with a bit of insurance for the Honey Hunters.

Euclides Leyer and Jesus Balaguer closed out the contest with clean sheets in the final two innings. The save for Balaguer would be his third of 2022, claiming saves in consecutive games for the first time this season.

McGuire would earn the win to go 5-0 on the year, as Walker Weickle would be tagged with the loss.

The win for the Honey Hunters is their third straight and sets up a potential sweep of Charleston in Sunday´s matinee. John Anderson will face off against Kit Sheetz in the finale of the homestand. First pitch is set for 4:15pm and can be heard on WGNC am1450 and 101.1fm.


Southern Maryland 7, Long Island 6 (11 innings)

(May 21, 2022, Waldorf, MD) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs trailed for the majority of the game Saturday night against Long Island, but the Blue Crabs rallied in the eighth and won 7-6 in 11 innings.   

Denson Hull started for the Blue Crabs.  He ran into trouble in the first inning, walking in two runs, to put the Ducks ahead 2-0. The Ducks added another run in the second, but Hull settled down from there, retiring six consecutive batters at one point.  

The Blue Crabs trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning.  After a single from David Harris, and a walk from Zach Collier, the Blue Crabs had two on with one out.  Braxton Lee bounced a single into right field, scoring Harris and cutting the deficit to 3-1.  Later in the inning, Collier scored from third on a wild pitch from Scott Harkin, getting the Blue Crabs back within one. 

L.J. Mazzili homered off Hull in the fifth to give the Ducks a 4-2 lead.  The bullpen entered the game in the sixth and dominated.  Patrick Baker pitched two 1-2-3 innings before Nick Wells set the Ducks down in order in the eighth. 

In the bottom of the eighth, the Blue Crabs had two outs, with Hibbert on first base.   Harris, who extended his hit streak to 14 games, ripped an RBI double into the right-center field gap, scoring Hibbert and cutting the Ducks’ lead to 4-3.  The next batter, Alex Crosby, poked a line drive into left field, scoring Harris from second and tying the game at four.  Following Collier’s single, the Blue Crabs had runners on first and second with two outs.   Lee then ripped a triple into the right-center field gap, scoring Crosby and Collier, giving the Blue Crabs a 6-4 lead. 

In the ninth, the Blue Crabs turned to Mat Latos.  Alejandro De Aza singled to lead off, before Joe DeCarlo doubled to left, scoring De Aza, cutting Southern Maryland’s lead to 6-5.  Three batters later, Johnni Turbo smashed a sacrifice fly to deep center field, tying the score at 6-6. 

Endrys Briceno (W, 3-0) entered in the tenth for the Blue Crabs.  After retiring the first two batters, the Ducks had the automatic runner on second with two outs.  Sam Travis then singled into left, before Matt Hibbert threw a strike to the catcher, Ryan Haug, who tagged out Dustin Woodcock for the final out.  Briceno followed it up with a clean 11th inning, as the score remained 6-6 going into the bottom of the 11th

In the bottom of the 11th, Zach Collier was the automatic runner on second base.  Chad Hockin (L, 0-1) struck out Braxton Lee to start the inning, before inducing a flyout to right field from Michael Baca, which allowed Collier to advance to third base. With two outs and Collier leading off of third base, Matt Hibbert swung and missed at strike three, but the ball squeezed through the catcher’s legs to the backstop.  Collier came in from third to win the game 7-6 for the Blue Crabs 

With the win, the Blue Crabs move to 22-4 on the season, 10.0 games ahead of second place, Lancaster.  Southern Maryland returns to Regency Furniture Stadium tomorrow at 2 pm as the Blue Crabs look to sweep the Ducks. 


Lancaster 13, Kentucky 3

LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the second consecutive night, the Lancaster Barnstormers broke out the heavy lumber against the Wild Health Genomes.

The night after banging out 10 doubles, Lancaster’s bats produced four homers and four more two-baggers in a 13-3 romp at Wild Health Field in Lexington, Kentucky.  It was Lancaster’s fourth straight win on the current road trip and moved the ‘Stormers into second place in the North.

After falling behind early, Lancaster struck for its first two runs in the second off Elih Villanueva (2-3).  Andretty Cordero banged a double into the right center field alley and scored when Anderson Feliz doubled inside the left field line.  Feliz took third on a bobble by left fielder Dalton Cornett and scored when Jake Hoover lined a single into center.

Five more runs were produced in the Lancaster third.  Kelly Dugan led off with a single to right center.  Colton Shaver and LeDarious Clark were both hit by pitches, two of the four for Villanueva in his six-inning stint.  Cordero emptied the bases with a double to left center.  Feliz flied to the wall in center before Hoover produced his first Atlantic League homer on a blast to left.

The lead held at 7-1 until the sixth when Dugan followed an infield single by Melvin Mercedes with a towering blast off the top of the deck in right field.  Shaver also connected for a 10-1 lead.

Clark later homered to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.  Mercedes and Shaver tacked on RBI singles in the ninth.

Chase Johnson worked four innings in a spot start, filling in for Dominic DiSabatino.  The right-hander allowed one hit, an RBI double by Chris Shaw in the first, and the one run.  He walked two and struck out one.  Oscar De La Cruz (1-0) worked 3 1/3 to earn the win, allowing three hits, including a homer by Luke Becker, and two runs (one earned).  Tyler Suellentrop closed the night, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings.

Brent Teller (2-2) will start for the Barnstormers on Sunday against Max Povse (2-2).  Fans may join the YouTube broadcast at 2:00.

NOTES:  Clark did not hit safely in more than four straight in 2021…Shaver has seven RBI in the series on three homers and six hits total…Hoover has seven hits in the two games…All nine starters had hits as did De La Cruz, who singled in his second at bat…Dugan has 28 RBI in his last 16 games…Dugan and Shaver had the first back-to-back homers for the club in 2022.


York 11, Lexington 5

(May 21, 2022 – York, Pa.):  The York Revolution made it back-to-back victories on Saturday night with a powerful offensive onslaught, launching four home runs in an 11-5 win over the Lexington Legends at PeoplesBank Park.

Lexington got the scoring started just two batters in, with Tillman Pugh driving his sixth home run of the year into left center field.

The Revs answered back for two of their own in the bottom half on just one hit, with runs scoring on a fielder’s choice from Melky Mesa, and another as Josue Herrera beat out a potential inning-ending double play for an early 2-1 lead.

Nick Travieso went out to begin the second inning, striking out the leadoff hitter Jose Briceno before leaving with an apparent lower body injury. He was relieved by Isaac Sanchez who struck out Blake Swihart before allowing a home run to left-center by shortstop Ryan Jackson to even the game at 2-2.

York wouldn’t be held down for long, as in the fourth inning, Nellie Rodriguez unloaded on his third home run of the year, a towering two-run blast to dead center field, traveling 437 feet, and making it a 4-2 game. 

In the fifth, the Revs loaded bases with two outs and Herrera made his final at-bat count, launching a grand slam onto the tents in right field to blow the lead open to 8-2. Herrera would exit the ballgame afterwards as with the double hook rule, the Revs were able to only keep their DH through the fifth inning. For Herrera it was his second longball of the season, going out on Saturday night with a bang.

In the sixth, the Revs took advantage of a Lexington mistake to generate a two-out rally. Troy Stokes Jr.’s fly ball was not seen by an outfielder and dropped in for a hit in right center field. Two batters later, Mesa scored him with a base hit up the middle to go up 9-2.

Robinson Parra (2-0) was the big key in relief, as he threw three hitless innings allowing just one walk and striking out three, and in turn earning his second win of the season.

The Revs delivered their final blows with two more solo home runs in the eighth. Stokes Jr. led off the inning with his fourth of the year on a shot to right-center, and Rodriguez added his second of the night and third in the last three games, also on a blast to right-center.

Duke Von Schamann finished things off, allowing a two-out solo homer to right by Manual Geraldo but retiring the other three hitters, closing out an 11-5 Revs win.

York has now won two of its last three series and will go for the sweep when Eduardo Rivera takes the mound at 2 p.m. on Sunday, opposite Legends lefty Thomas Dorminy.  It is Superheroes Assemble, Kids T-Shirt Giveaway presented by Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, Boomer’s Book Club, Rookie Revs Meet-N-Greet, Sunday Funday presented by Weis Markets, and Bark in the Park.  Tickets are on sale at, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.

Notes: The Revs are 5-3 in their last eight games and 3-2 on the current homestand.  York’s four home runs established a season-high for the offense.  Rodriguez’ two-homer game is the first of his Revs career and the third by a Revs batter this season, as Carlos Franco and Stokes Jr. previously accomplished the feat.  Rodriguez’ two-homer game was the ninth of his pro career and first since August 20, 2018 with Double-A Akron (at Erie).  Herrera’s grand slam is the second of his Revs career and the second by a Revs batter this season (Mesa, last Saturday at Lancaster).  Herrera’s five RBI tie a season-high for a Revs batter and establish a Revs career-best while tying his overall career best, previously accomplished twice in 2019 while in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.  The win is the 559th in the Revs career of manager Mark Mason, sixth-most in Atlantic League history; he is now 12 wins shy of matching Kevin Baez (571) for fifth and 13 shy of tying Willie Upshaw (572) for fourth on the league’s all-time list.







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