Lancaster 9, Southern Maryland 0
The Lancaster Barnstormers tied a season high with five home runs, all solo, while Cameron Gann and a pair of relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as Lancaster blanked Southern Maryland, 9-0, in the middle game of a three-game series.
With the win, the Barnstormers (43-21) clinched the best overall record for the league in the second half, locking out South champion Gastonia for the honor.
Gann (9-8) yielded a double to Santiago Chirino in the second and a single to Michael Wielansky in the fifth over his five innings of work. The right-hander walked four and struck out seven. On his third strikeout of the game, a called third strike on Ian Yetsko in the second, the Texan set a new single season club mark, topping John Anderson’s 140 strikeouts in 2019.
Donald Goodson and West Tunnell struck out seven of the 12 batters they faced over the final four innings to complete the whitewash.
Shawon Dunston, Jr, led off his third straight game with a home run to greet Eddie Butler (12-6). Melvin Mercedes, Andretty Cordero, and Trayvon Robinson followed with singles to load the bases. Anderson Feliz drilled a double into the left field corner to drive home two as the Barnstormers collected a 3-0 lead. Jacob Barfield produced the sixth straight hit, a single to center, to produce the fourth run.
Walks to Chris Proctor and Dunston forced home one more.
The rest of Lancaster’s night was built on the long ball. Dunston cleared the tents in right with one out in the fourth. Robinson led off the fifth with a line drive homer onto the deck for a 7-0 lead. Andretty Cordero cranked his 17th of the season, a blast to left field, to start the seventh, and Joseph Carpenter picked up his first pro homer with a deep fly to right in the eighth.
Lancaster finished the night with 15 overall hits in winning for the 17th time in the last 23 games.
The 2022 regular season will come to an end on Sunday afternoon at 1:00. Dominic DiSabatino (6-5) will make the start for the Barnstormers against lefty Alsis Herrera (1-4). The full team will sign autographs on the field from 12:00-12:25. Fans may tune into the YouTube Channel, starting at 12:55.
NOTES: Cordero has reached 182 hits and 117 RBI…Dunston is 8-for-13 with four homers since coming off the injured list…Barnstormers pitchers have struck out 1142 batters in 1127 innings on the year…They have allowed only 985 hits…The Barnstormers also hit five home runs at York on June 21…Lancaster clinched the best record in the league in the second half, locking out Gastonia for the honor and also clinched the third best overall record for the season…With a win on Sunday, the Barnstormers will have the best half in the 17-season history of the franchise.
Staten Island 6, Long Island 5 (11 innings)
(Staten Island, N.Y., Sept. 17, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Staten Island FerryHawks 6-5 in 11 innings on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park.
Neither team dented home plate until the fourth when Staten Island scored five two-out runs off Ducks starter James Varela. Mariel Bautista’s RBI double, a two-run double by Cristopher Cespedes and a two-run home run by Javier Betancourt did the damage.
Long Island closed to within two with a three-run sixth off FerryHawks starter Christian Capuano, highlighted by Trevor Achenbach’s two-run homer to left-center and Dustin Woodcock’s sac fly to left. Woodcock then tied the game at five in the eighth with a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to right.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the 11th inning. Ricardo Cespedes advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored the winning run on a throwing error to end the game.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Varela lasted five and one-third innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Capuano pitched six innings of three-run ball, yielding six hits while striking out five. Victor Capellan (7-3) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one. Patrick Quinn (1-1) took the loss, surrendering the winning run in two-thirds of an inning.
Phil Caulfield, L.J. Mazzilli and Carlos Castro each had two hits to lead the Ducks offensively, while Woodcock finished with three RBIs.
The Ducks and FerryHawks wrap up their three-game set and the 2022 season on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at SIUH 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 Joe Iorio (11-5, 4.69) toes the rubber for the Ducks against FerryHawks lefty Anthony Rodriguez (6-8, 4.84).
High Point 8, York 6
YORK, Pa. – Michael Russell collected four hits and Zander Wiel hit his 32nd home run of the season as the High Point Rockers took an 8-6 decision from the York Revolution at PeoplesBank Park on Saturday night.
After concluding Sunday’s regular season finale, the Rockers will head home and prepare for the start of the Atlantic League Division Series championship with Gastonia. High Point opens the playoffs at Gastonia on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home for game three at Truist Point on Friday, September 23.
Russell led off the game with a double and moved to third on a single by Michael Martinez. Quincy Latimore brought home Russell with a sacrifice fly just before Wiel blasted a two-run homer to left center that brough Martinez in to score for an early 3-0 Rockers lead.
High Point starter Neil Uskali (W, 5-5) allowed a single run in the third before York tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth on a homer by Troy Stokes, Jr. and a sac fly from Josue Herrera.
The Rockers regained the lead at 4-3 in the fifth as Russell singled, moved to second on a groundout by Martinez, and stole third. On the steal, York catcher Lenin Rodriguez threw the ball into left field allowing Russell to score.
The Revolution took a 6-4 lead in the fifth when Stokes, Jr. hit a three-run homer. High Point made it a 6-5 game in the sixth when Giovanny Alfonzo singled, moved to second on a groundout by J.R. DiSarcina and scored on a Russell single.
The Rockers put the game away in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three consecutive singles by Latimore, Wiel and Roldani Baldwin. Alfonzo drew a walk that forced in the tying run, DiSarcina grounded to short allowing Wiel to score and Russell’s single brought Baldwin around to the plate and account for the final of 8-6.
Uskali went six innings and allowed all six runs on 11 hits while striking out seven. York’s Brett de Geus took the loss, allowing four hits and three runs in his one inning of relief.
The Rockers will finish out the regular season on Sunday at York with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.
Kentucky 8, Lexington 6 (Game 1)
Kentucky and Lexington split a doubleheader on Saturday at Wild Health Field with the Genomes taking the opener 8-6 and Lexington grabbing the nightcap, 12-9.
In the opener, Moises Sierra and Chase Vallot each had three RBI for the Wild Health Genomes. Ryan Kellogg struck out eight in his five innings in improving to 8-5 on the season.
Vallot hit a three-run homer in the second inning while Sierra had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fourth. Phillip Ervin led the Genomes with two RBI.
In the nightcap, the Legends used a nine-run third inning to salt the game away. Isaias Tejeda hit a three-run homer during the big inning and finished the game with three hits. Leington’s Edison Suriel (W, 3-2) notched the win while Josh Martn (L, 1-4) took the loss.
Courtney Hawkins, one homer shy of tying the Atlantic League record of 48, was 1-for-3 on the day with a run scored, an RBI and six walks.
Charleston 5, Gastonia 4
The Charleston Dirty Birds got a premium pitching effort from Stephen Chamblee and scored a pair of runs late to take down the Gastonia Honey Hunters 5-4 in front of 5,252 fans at Appalachian Power Park on Saturday night.
Chamblee got the start for Charleston, seeking his second win of the season. His counterpart was Matt Solter, who was looking to earn his first win in a Gastonia uniform.
Charleston struck first in the second inning, as Scott Kelly chopped a pitch over the first base bag, scoring Edwin Espinal to open a 1-0 Dirty Birds lead.
Gastonia erupted for a three-run third frame, collecting four of their six hits for the game in the segment. Jack Reinheimer doubled home a pair of runs to give Gastonia a 2-1 lead. Zach Jarrett doubled home Reinheimer, upping the lead to 3-1.
Charleston responded immediately in the bottom half, as Nic Heath scored two runs on a single to right, knotting the contest at 3-3.
In the sixth, Charleston jumped back in front, as Tyler Blaum doubled to the left field corner, scoring Scott Bucham to take a 4-3 advantage.
In the eighth, Burcham expanded the lead with his sixth home run of the year, as Charleston took a 5-3 lead to the ninth.
Joe Testa and Ricardo Gomez came on to preserve the lead for Chamblee, who pitched six innings, allowing five hits on one walk.
In the ninth, Kevin Siegrist came on to earn the save for Charleston. Gastonia, however, would create a little drama in the frame.
Zach Jarrett led off the ninth with his 20th home run of the year, mashing a breaking pitch to left, trimming the lead to 5-4. Two batters later, Luis Castro would send a deep drive over the left field wall that just curled foul. The home run bid made for a breathless moment for the 5,000-plus fans that made it to the ballpark.
Castro would bounce back to the mound for the second out before Emmanuel Tapia struck out to end the game, sealing the win for Chamblee.
The win pushed Chamblee to 2-6 on the year for Charleston(53-78,27-38). Solter took the loss, falling to 5-12 on the year.
With Jarrett´s homer tonight, he joins Jake Skole as the only ALPB teammates to earn a 20/20 season in league history.
Gastonia(87-44,42-23) will conclude the regular season against Charleston, as Reilly Hovis will face off against Denson Hull. Sunday's game will be on WGNC am1450/101.1fm and www.gohoneyhunters.com as an audio stream, beginning at 4:50pm with the pregame show.
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