Kentucky 3, Long Island 0
(Lexington, Ky., July 16, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes 3-0 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game weekend series from Wild Health Field.
Wild Health loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth inning versus Long Island starting pitcher Akeel Morris, who was then lifted for Tyler Webb. Samir Duenez stepped into the batter’s box and cracked a two-run double off the right field wall that plated Chris Shaw and Khris Davis to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team. The Genomes took a 3-0 advantage in the seventh courtesy of a run-scoring double off the bat of Moises Sierra that enabled Teodoro Martinez to cross the plate after he began the inning with a two-base hit of his own.
Morris (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings pitched, walking and striking out four. Wild Health starter Max Povse registered a no-decision in the ballgame after tossing five scoreless innings on two hits allowed, walking one while striking out eight. Robbie Ross Jr. (2-1) earned the win out of the bullpen after not allowing a run on two hits surrendered in his one inning of work while Diogenes Almengo shut the door in the ninth for his first save of the season. L.J. Mazzilli led the way offensively with two hits for the Ducks.
The Ducks and Genomes conclude their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from Wild Health Field. 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. Left-hander Stephen Tarpley (3-3, 3.29) gets the nod for the Ducks against Genomes righty Elih Villanueva (5-7, 5.76).
Southern Maryland 5, High Point 4
HIGH POINT, N.C. – For the second night in a row, the High Point Rockers dropped a heartbreaking one-run game to Southern Maryland. On Saturday night in front of 2,328 fans at Truist Point, the Blue Crabs claimed a 5-4 win from the Rockers.
High Point put the tying and go-ahead runners on base in the ninth inning with one out but Blue Crab reliever Endrys Briceno struck out Tyler Ladendorf and Ben Aklinski to preserve the Southern Maryland win.
The loss was High Point’s 10th straight to start the second half of the Atlantic League season.
The Rockers got on the board first when Michael Russell led off the second inning with a double. With two outs, Giovanny Alfonzo hit a routine ground ball up the middle and as Southern Maryland shortstop Michael Baca went to make the play, the ball hit second base and ricocheted into shallow left field, allowing Russell to score.
Joe DeLuca hit a solo homer leading off the third for Southern Maryland to tie the game at 1-1. The Blue Crabs added a pair of runs in the fourth on a single by Michael Wielansky, an RBI tiple from Zach Collier and a run-scoring ground out by David Harris to give SMD a 3-1 lead.
The Rockers jumped back in front with a three-run sixth inning. Walks to Aklinski and Zander Wiel allowed Quincy Latimore to drive in a run with a double. Russell was intentionally walked to load the bases and Chris Proctor’s infield out plated a run before Jay Gonzalez sliced a run-scoring single to left to give the Rockers at 4-3 lead.
High Point starter Liam O’Sullivan went six innings and allowed six hits and three runs while striking out two. He departed after the sixth with a 4-3 lead. Chasen Bradford (L, 2-3) came on and yielded a double to DeLuca and a two-run homer to Ryan Haug to put the Crabs back on top 5-4. Patrick Baker relieved SMD starter Alex Merithew in the sixth and pitched through the seventh to earn the win and improve to 3-1.
High Point went down in order in the seventh and eighth innings before rallying against Briceno in the ninth. After striking out Chris Proctor to open the frame, Gonzalez beat out an infield single and Briceno walked pinch-hitter Logan Morrison to put two aboard with just one out. But the two strikeouts quelled the High Point threat as Briceno earned his sixth save.
The Rockers and Blue Crabs put the finishing touches on this three-game series at Truist Point on Sunday with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch.
Lancaster 16, Charleston 7
Following a wild sixth inning that sent a total of 24 batters to the plate and 14 runs score, it took just a leadoff walk from a slippery mound in the seventh for play to be halted at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Saturday evening.
In the process, the Lancaster Barnstormers came away with a 16-7 victory over the Charleston Dirty Birds in the second game of a weeklong series.
Over the first three innings, only one run crossed the plate as Shawon Dunston, Jr. delivered newcomer Tyler Hill with a sacrifice fly to right in the second.
Doubles by Jose Rosario and Nick Longhi off Cameron Gann (5-6) tied the game in the top of the fourth, but it looked like the Barnstormers would cruise after that. Dunston keyed a three-run fourth with a triple to the gap in right center, and Lancaster plated four more in the fifth on an RBI single by Dunston and a pair of sacrifice flies.
However, Charleston put on a hefty rally in the top of the sixth. With one out, Gann walked Rosario. Longhi slapped a grounder to third, but the ball skipped away from Trace Loehr for an error. Gann departed after walking Engel Beltre to load the bases.
Alfredo Gonzalez took the first pitch from reliever Cole Aker over the wall in left for a grand slam. The next three batters, Diego Goris, Anfernee Seymour and Yovan Gonzalez all singled to load the bases. Pinch hitter Scott Kelly hit a chopper to second which Melvin Mercedes fed to Anderson Feliz for a force at second. The throw back to first was wild and skipped out of play as two runs scored.
Aker fanned Nick Heath on a 3-2 pitch to protect the one-run lead.
Atlantic League veteran Nate Roe made his first appearance in three years and got Anderson Feliz to line to second for the first out in the bottom of the inning. Hill and Anthony Peroni lined singles, and Loehr walked to load the bases. A passed ball scored one run, then Devon Torrence walked to refill the bags. Dunston drove in his fifth run of the night with a bloop single to left. Mercedes cracked a double into the right field corner to score two more for a 12-7 lead. Dunston scored on a wild pitch, and one out later, Trayvon Robinson singled up the middle to get Mercedes home. Feliz singled, and Hill was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again. Successive walks to Peroni and Loehr pushed home two more runs before Torrence grounded to Rosario in the right side hole to end the half inning 14 batters after it started.
Chase Johnson walked Rosario on four pitches to start the seventh before play was halted due to increasingly treacherous conditions.
Lancaster will send Erik Manoah (1-1) to the mound on Sunday against left-hander Derrick Adams (3-5). Fans may view the game on Blue Ridge 11 or the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, starting at 1:00 PM.
NOTES: Loehr shares a franchise record with five walks…Torrence drew four…Dunston had not knocked home more than two runs in a game previously…Mercedes extended his hitting streak to 14 games…Dunston has hit in eight straight…Hill went 3-for-4 in his debut…Gann won for the first time since June 9…He allowed only two hits and struck out seven…The game was delayed 27 minutes to get the field ready after strong late afternoon thunderstorms.
Gastonia 4, Lexington 1 (Game 1)
The Gastonia Honey Hunters defeated the Lexington Legends on Saturday afternoon in walk-off fashion by a 4-1 score at Caromont Health Park.
The game was resumed on Saturday due to a malfunction with the stadium light system at Caromont Health Park. Friday night´s contest was tied at 1-1, heading into the seventh inning when play was stopped to correct the issue. After a :55 delay, the game was suspended with Courtney Hawkins set to lead off against starter Reilly Hovis.
Prior to the resumption, Hovis and Lexington starter Thomas Dorminy were entangled in a pitcher's duel that had both players tossing, arguably, their best starts of the season. Both pitchers had allowed only five hits total, while striking out a collective 13 batters.
Gastonia got on the board in the fourth as Jack Reinheimer doubled with one out and then reached third on a passed ball from Lexington catcher Rusber Estrada. With Zach Jarrett at the plate, Reinheimer scored on a wild pitch, giving Gastonia the 1-0 lead.
Tillman Pugh evened the contest with a solo shot in the sixth inning, putting Lexington on the board at 1-1.
Upon the resumption of play, Gastonia used two relievers to cover the final three innings of regulation. Henry Martinez pitched two perfect frames, striking out three Lexington batters.
Sam Bordner pitched the ninth inning, allowing only a single to Brandon Phillips.
In the bottom of the ninth, Zack Jarrett singled to center with one out and advanced on a throwing error from Legends´ reliever Austin Adams.
After Luis Castro reached on a fielder's choice, Jake Skole ended the contest with his twelfth home run of the season, giving Gastonia a 4-1 win.
The walk-off homer was the second for Gastonia this season as Zach Jarrett hit a walk-off tater to take down Charleston on June 23rd.
Sam Bordner picked up his ninth win in relief for Gastonia, while Adams took the loss in the suspended game.
Gastonia sent Ian McKinney to the hill looking for the club´s second ten-game winning streak of the season.
Courtney Hawkins provided a major thorn in the side of the Honey Hunters, hitting two homers against McKinney. The first dinger of the afternoon gave the Legends a 2-0 lead in the fourth. His second long ball knotted the game at 3-3 in the sixth.
Zach Jarrett supplied some of his own power to the Gastonia cause, hitting his eleventh homer of the season in the fourth inning.
Gastonia plated two more runs in the fourth, as Luis Roman and Luis Castro scored on a throwing error from Montrell Marshall that put Gastonia ahead 3-2.
In the sixth inning, Gastonia took the lead for good as Emmanuel Tapia drove home Jake Skole with a RBI single through the middle to retake a 4-3 lead.
Ian McKinney would toss 6.1 innings surrendering four hits and three runs while striking out four batters. He would give the ball over to Euclides Leyer, who proved to be ultra-effective in the two batters he faced.
Chad Sobotka would come on in the eighth to face the front end of the Legends lineup. Hanging onto a one-run lead, Sobotka would erase Boog Powell and Brandon Phillips to bring up Hawkins, looking to do more damage for Lexington.
Sobotka would punch out the Legends slugger with three sliders, denying the Atlantic League leader in homers of his 30th bomb of the season.
In the eighth, Gastonia would stretch the lead to 5-3 as Reece Hampton doubled home Tapia, giving Gastonia a coveted two-run cushion.
In the ninth, Quintin Torres-Costa would close the deal for the Honey Hunters, striking out the side for his third save of the season.
McKinney picked up his second win of the season, upping his record to 2-1.
Jalen Miller took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the season for Lexington(27-49).
Gastonia´s win tonight not only matches a previous ten-game win streak on the season, but equals last season´s win total with 54 wins in just 75 games.
Tomorrow, Zach Godley gets the ball for Gastonia, opposing Daniel Corcino. Gates open at 3:30 pm for the 4:15 pm first pitch.
Staten Island 8, York 4
(July 16, 2022 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution dropped their second straight to the red-hot Staten Island FerryHawks, falling 8-4 on Saturday night at PeoplesBank Park. The FerryHawks established a first-year franchise record with 18 hits in the victory, remaining tied for first place at 9-2 in the second half.
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