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Atlantic League Results, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Southern Maryland 8, Staten Island 3

(June 14, 2022, Waldorf, MD) The Blue Crabs picked up their 35th win of the season, taking down the Staten Island FerryHawks 8-3.  Mitch Lambson got the start for Southern Maryland, going seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs.  

Staten Island started the scoring in the first inning.  Antoine Duplantis led off the game with a base hit to center field.  Two batters later, Angel Aguilar hit a two-run homer over the Mini Monster, giving the FerryHawks a 2-0 lead. 

The Blue Crabs responded in the bottom of the second inning.  Matt Solter (L, 1-5) walked David Harris before Alex Crosby lined a two-run shot over the wall in right field, tying the score at 2-2.   

Staten Island took the lead again in the third inning, as they executed a double steal with runners on the corners.  Ryan Haug threw to second base to get the lead runner, while Alfredo Reyes scored from third. 

Staten Island remained ahead 3-2 until the sixth inning. Matt Solter earned the first out before walking Jared Walker and conceding a single to David Harris.  The next batter, Alex Crosby, rocketed a single through the right side, scoring Walker to tie the game at 3-3.  

Jose Velez replaced Solter, but the Blue Crabs bats remained hot.  Zach Collier chopped a hit into right, scoring Harris to put the Blue Crabs ahead 4-3.  Joe DeLuca then reached on an error by the third baseman, Angel Aguilar, allowing Crosby to score.  Two batters later, with runners on first and third, Michael Baca knocked a single into center, scoring Collier to put Southern Maryland ahead 6-3.  With runners on second and third, Braxton Lee blew the game open, punching a single to center field, scoring Joe DeLuca and Michael Baca, giving the Blue Crabs an 8-3 lead. 

Southern Maryland’s pitching remained strong following the six-run sixth inning. Lambson completed seven and two-third innings before Dalton Geekie recorded the final out of the eighth inning.  In the ninth, Endrys Briceno shut down the FerryHawks in order, striking out two in the process to secure an 8-3 victory. 

With the win, Southern Maryland moves to 35-12 on the season.  The Blue Crabs maintain an 11.5-game lead over the Long Island Ducks, with only 19 games remaining in the First Half.  The Blue Crabs return to Regency Furniture Stadium tomorrow for a double-header, with the first game starting at 4 pm.


Charleston 6, Gastonia 4

GASTONIA, N.C. - Nick Longhi singled in the top of the ninth to lift the Charleston Dirty Birds to a 6-4 win over the Gastonia Honey Hunters on Tuesday night at CaroMont Health Park.

The game was a back and forth affair, as the two clubs traded blows throughout the contest.

 Charleston(20-27) got on the board early as Zach Kone plated Nick Longhi and Alfredo Gonzalez with a single to left, giving Charleston a 2-0 advantage.

 Luis Roman would counter in the bottom half of the inning with a laser shot to right, his seventh of 2022, getting Gastonia(32-15) on the board at 2-1 down.

 In the fifth, Joseph Rosa doubled to left, scoring Stuart Levy and Herlis Rodriguez, to give Gastonia a 3-2 lead. 

 Nick Longhi got his ninth homer of the season in the sixth inning off Ian McKinney to knot the game at 3-3. 

 Gastonia responded immediately in the bottom half of the frame as Luis Castro scored on a Max Tannenbaum wild pitch.

 In the seventh, Scott Burcham twisted a double down the right field line off Euclides Leyer, scoring Alfredo Gonzalez, to even things at 4-4.

 In the ninth, with the bases packed, Longhi would get the eventual game winner with his third hit of the night off Jesus Balaguer to give the Dirty Birds the 6-4 lead.

 Tyler Wilson closed out the ninth for Charleston, earning his eighth save of the season.

 Matt Sergey(1-0) picked up the win in relief for Charleston, pitching a scoreless eighth. Jesus Balaguer suffered the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season.

 The Honey Hunters continue the series tomorrow against Charleston at Caromont Health Park on Wednesday as John Anderson faces off against Ryan Lawlor. First pitch is set for 6:15.


Lancaster 9, Kentucky 4

LANCASTER, Pa. - LeDarious Clark made the most of his one hit on the night.

The Barnstormers right fielder belted a grand slam over the right field picnic deck in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie and send Lancaster to a 9-4 victory over the (Kentucky) Wild Health Genomes Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Aaron Blair (0-3) was walk-free for the first four innings but put both Melvin Mercedes and Kelly Dugan on to start the home fifth.  The former Atlanta Brave then hit pitcher Erik Manoah to load the bases before Clark launched a full count offering out of the stadium.

Lancaster struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning to grab the early lead.  Trace Loehr singled to center, and Jake Hoover was hit by a pitch.  Blair struck out Shawon Dunston, Jr.  Melvin Mercedes hit a sharp ground ball to the left of second baseman Luke Becker, who bobbled it for an error.  With the ball free in right field, Loehr came home to score. Triple crown leader Kelly Dugan then took Blair into the right field corner for a two-run double and a 3-0 edge.

Wild Health scored all four of its runs in the fourth.  Augie Sylk had retired eight in a row and worked ahead of Becker, 0-2, to start the inning.  The left-hander missed with his next 13 pitches and left the game with the bases loaded, nobody out and a 3-1 lead.  Erik Manoah inherited a 2-0 count on Felix Pie and surrendered a two-run single to right center to tie the game.  Teodoro Martinez rapped into a 6-4-3 double play as the lead run scored.

Colton Shaver’s double into the left field corner and a single to center by Trayvon Robinson tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

Manoah (1-0) ran into trouble in the sixth.  The right-hander gave up singles to Chris Shaw and Pie followed with a single to right.  Both runners advanced on a wild pitch.  Manoah retired the next two but walked Chase Vallot to load the bags.  Erik Cha was summoned, and the lefty got a slow roller out of Cleuluis Rondon.  Jake Hoover made an off balance throw from the shortstop hole to get the out at first..

The Barnstormers send Cameron Gann (4-3) to the mound on Wednesday evening at 6:30 against right-hander Dustin Beggs (3-3).  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, starting at 6:25.

NOTES:  Dugan has 19 RBI in 12 June games…The Clark slam was the team’s first of the season…It was his third as a Barnstormer…Andretty Cordero lost his 12-game hitting streak…He was 0-for-2 as the DH and was forced out of the game when Sylk left before completing five innings…Tyler Suellentrop threw two scoreless innings on two hits and two walks, but he struck out five…Lancaster pitching fanned 14, one shy of the season high.


Long Island 10, High Point 5

(High Point, N.C., June 14, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 10-5 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Truist Point.

Zander Wiel put the Rockers in front early with a two-out, three-run home run by Zander Wiel in the first inning off Ducks starter Akeel Morris. An RBI infield single to third by Mike Gulino in the third extended the Rockers lead to 4-0.

The Ducks sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth inning and scored seven runs to take a 7-4 lead. A three-run homer to left by Rusney Castillo and a two-run single by Sam Travis highlighted the inning. Travis added a solo homer to the left of the batter’s eye in center field in the sixth, extending Long Island’s advantage to four. Deven Marrero lifted a sac fly to right in the seventh to make it a 9-4 ballgame.

Gulino’s RBI single to right in the seventh closed the gap to 9-5. However, Long Island got the run right back on Deibinson Romero’s RBI single to left in the eighth.

Rockers starter Kyle Mott did not factor into the decision but lasted three innings, yielding two runs on five walks with two strikeouts. Morris (2-4) picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Joe Johnson (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Travis and Castillo led the Flock offensively. Each recorded two hits, three RBIs, two runs and two walks in the win.

The Ducks and Rockers continue their three-game series on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Truist Point. 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 as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Joe Iorio (5-0, 3.58) takes the mound for the Ducks against Rockers lefty Jonah Scolaro (Pro Debut).


York 13, Lexington 7

(June 14, 2022 – Lexington, KY):  Connor Lien crushed a grand slam to highlight a six-run 11th inning as the York Revolution downed the Lexington Legends 13-7 on Tuesday night at Wild Health Field.
The six-run 11th inning tied the biggest extra inning in franchise history (13th inning, August 26, 2015 at Lancaster in a 10-4 victory), and Lien’s grand slam was the second in Revs history to come in extra innings as James Shanks did it 11 years ago to the day in the 12th inning of a 7-3 victory at Somerset.
York held a 7-3 lead until the Legends loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Robinson Parra in the bottom of the eighth, and Philip Ervin greeted righty Nick Howard with a stunning game-tying grand slam to dead center.
Isaac Sanchez struck out Courtney Hawkins to leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, forcing extras.
After both teams went down in order in the 10th, the Revs’ rally in the 11th began with a hiccup as Jhon Nunez singled to left, but Jack Kenley was denied trying to score thanks to Hawkins’ throw to the plate from left field, keeping the game tied.  Troy Stokes Jr. was hit by a pitch to reignite the threat, and Nunez scored the go-ahead run on a grounder that snuck past shortstop Manuel Geraldo for an error giving the Revs an 8-7 lead.  Nellie Rodriguez added insurance on a two-out RBI double to left-center, and after a walk to Carlos Franco, Lien launched his dramatic, heroic grand slam to left-center to put the victory on ice.
Jim Fuller (1-3) earned the win, following a six-pitch 10th inning with another 1-2-3 frame in the 11th.
The Revs trailed 3-0 and did not have a hit before exploding for five runs in the fifth.
Lien singled to left for the first hit off Legends starter Daniel Corcino and scored when Josue Herrera followed with a double to right-center.  Kenley reached on an infield hit putting runners at the corners with no outs.  Down 3-1, the Revs were in danger of missing a bigger opportunity as Corcino struck out the next two, but Elmer Reyes ripped a game-tying two-run single up the middle with two outs, and Melky Mesa hammered a two-run homer to left as the rally erupted into a 5-3 lead.
Reyes and Franco added RBI singles in the seventh to make it a 7-3 game.
Revs starter Alex Sanabia made his first start in three weeks, returning from injury.  The righty went five innings in a no-decision, allowing three runs as the Legends scored on a two-out RBI single by Blake Swihart in the second, and a two-run homer to left by Hawkins, his 17th, with two outs in the third.
York improves to 2-3 in extra innings on the season, notching their first extra-inning win since May 4 vs. Gastonia.  The game was the Revs’ longest of the season in both innings and time (4:15).
The Legends stranded 16 runners, the most by a Revs opponent this season.
Notes: Mesa’s homer is his sixth of the season and the 64th of his Revs career, third most all-time and now two shy of matching Andres Perez for second on the all-time franchise home run list.  York improves to 4-3 on the current road trip with back-to-back wins and three of four in Kentucky.  The Revs are now 16-13 since May 13.  Revs manager Mark Mason earned the 570th win of his Revs career, one win shy of tying former Long Island manager Kevin Baez for fifth in Atlantic League history, and two wins shy of matching former Bridgeport skipper Willie Upshaw for fourth.  York righty Nick Travieso faces Lexington’s Ben Ludwig on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. 




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