Owens Dominates In 9th Win; Spikes Are One-Hit
Brevard County Manatees� 5,�� Bradenton Marauders� 4 (box)
Nate Adcock had a tougher start than Rudy Owens.� He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings.� The Manatees’ first run came in the 1st inning, on a walk and two singles.� Two more singles, a wild pitch, and a double drove in 2 runs in the 3rd inning.� The unearned run scored in the 5th, on a single, a stolen base, and a throwing error by SS Adenson Chourio.� Duke Welker took the mound to begin the 6th.� He walked one batter in that inning but did not allow a run to score.� In the 7th, Welker walked two, and had a run score on a second error by Chourio.
The Marauders had at least one runner on base in each of the first 7 innings, but they could not get any of them around to score.� 2B Shelby Ford walked to begin the bottom of the 1st, and CF Starling Marte, back to full action after his hand injury, singled after the walk.� Both Ford and Marte walked in the 5th,� 3B Adam Davis and DH Jordan Newton doubled in the 2nd.� C James Skelton doubled in the 4th and singled in the 6th.� All were left stranded.
Finally, the Marauders fired the cannons in the 8th inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring 4 runs.� LF Quincy Latimore started the action by getting hit by a pitch.� The next 5 Marauders who came to the plate all singled:� 1B Calvin Anderson, Davis (RBI), Skelton, Newton (RBI), and pinch-hitter Erik Huber (2 RBI).� After a pitching change, Ford walked, but then two strikeouts and a fly out ended the inning.� The Marauders had moved to within one run of Brevard County, 5-4.
Craig Hansen pitched 2 scoreless innings, though he allowed 3 hits.� The Pirates had one more chance at the plate to catch up to the Manatees in the 9th.� With two outs, both Skelton and Newton walked, but Huber struck out to end the threat and the game.
Staten Island Yankees� 10,� State College Spikes� 0 (box)
The Spikes were held to one hit, and that was a single by 3B Kelson Brown to lead off the 3rd inning.� SS Gift Ngoepe walked and reached on a fielding error, and 1B Matt Curry walked 4 times (setting a new record for the Spikes).� The only inning in which a Spikes’ batter reached third base was the 9th, when Curry walked for the fourth time and RF Cole White reached on a throwing error.� A ground out sent Curry to third, but he got no further, as the game ended on a pop out.
Five errors by the Spikes did not help their cause.� Starter Tyler Waldron pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and a walk.� He allowed 3 runs in the 3rd inning, on two singles and three errors — a fielding error by Brown, and a fielding error and a throwing error by Ngoepe.� A walk, a double, and two more fielding errors, both by 2B Walker Gourley, brought in 2 more runs in the 5th.� Brooks Pounders pitched two scoreless innings, then gave up 2 runs in the 8th after two outs had been recorded — on a walk and two singles.� Sandobal Septimo pitched the final inning, allowing 3 runs on two singles, a ground rule double, a triple, and a hit batter.
GCL Blue Jays� 2,� GCL Pirates� 1 (box)
Rehabbing 3B Jeremy Farrell started the game with a lead-off home run — and that was all the scoring the Pirates would do.� They managed only 4 more hits in the game.� 1B Justin Howard, the Pirates’ 24th round pick in this year’s draft, made his professional debut with two of the hits — a double in the 3rd, and a lead-off single in the 9th.� LF Exicardo Cayonez tripled with two outs in the 1st, and SS Jorge Bishop singled following Howard’s double in the 3rd.� The only other Pirate to reach base was 2B Kevin Mort, who walked in the 8th, but was erased in a double play.
Kevin Kleis made the first start of his career, and he pitched three very strong innings.� He gave up just one hit and one walk, both in the 1st inning, then struck out the side in the 2nd and struck out two more batters in the 3rd.� Bryton Trepagnier took over for Kleis and also pitched 3 innings.� He worked around singles in the 4th and 5th, but gave up a run on two doubles in the 6th.� Joan Montero allowed a walk, a single, and a double in two scoreless innings, then gave up a run in the top of the 9th on a walk and two singles.� After a strikeout and another batter being hit by a pitch, Montero was relieved by Rinku Singh, who finished the inning with a fly out.