Bradenton Marauders �6, �Lakeland Flying Tigers �5 (box)

Jeremy Farrell’s solo homer in the bottom of the 9th gave the Marauders a walk-off win in Bradenton tonight. �Lakeland boomed out 4 runs in the top of the 2nd inning, off starter Nate Adcock. The inning began with back-to-back singles, followed by a 3-run homer. �The home run was followed by a walk, a stolen base, a throwing error by C Tony Sanchez, a hit batter, and an RBI single, and the Tigers had a 4-0 win.

Then the Marauders began chipping away at that lead. �DH Eric Fryer started the chipping with a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd. �With two out in the 3rd, Sanchez was hit in the head by a pitch, Farrell singled, and Fryer walked to load the bases. �Pinch hitter Andrew Walker replaced Sanchez (who was doing ok after the game, and did not even go to a hospital to be further checked out).�Then 1B Calvin Anderson doubled, scoring both Walker and Farrell. �A single by 2B James Skelton led off the 4th, and after CF Robbie Grossman’s single, LF Quincy Latimore brought in Skelton with the tying run.

After that second inning, Adcock allowed only one walk over the next three innings. �He was relieved by Mike Colla who allowed only a single over two scoreless innings, erasing that single with a double play.

The Marauders broke the tie with a run in the 6th. �Skelton and SS Brock Holt hit back-to-back singles, and Latimore’s single, plated Skelton for the second time in the game. �Lakeland tied the score again, though, in the top of the 8th, with a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly off reliever Ramon Aguero.

Bradenton threatened in the bottom of the 8th. �With one out, Skelton doubled, and Holt singled. �Skelton rounded third and tried to score, but was out at the plate on the throw in from left field.

Noah Krol pitched the top of the 9th for the Marauders. �He worked around a runner on base due to a missed catch error by Anderson at first base, but kept Lakeland from scoring. �He was the pitcher of record, so earned the win, when with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Farrell ended the game with a blast over the left field wall.

Lexington Legends �3, �West Virginia Power �2 (box)

A late-inning rally by the Power fell short in Lexington, Kentucky tonight, as the Power were held to just 5 hits while the Legends recorded 11 hits.

Lexington threatened in the 2nd inning, loading the bases with three consecutive singles against starter Nate Baker. �Baker left all three runners in place, though, with a strikeout and a grounder force out. �He was not so fortunate in the 3rd inning, though. �Two doubles brought in one run for Lexington. � Baker retired the side in the 4th, but repelled another threat by the Legends in the 5th. �After a walk and a double, 3B Jesus Brito scooped an infield ball and fired to the plate for a fielder’s choice out at the plate.

The Power had their first batter of the game, CF Evan Chambers, reach base on a walk, but 2B Jarek Cunningham grounded into a double play, and that started a streak of 14 straight outs — until Brito singled with two outs in the 5th. �Brito was left stranded on base, and the Power went down in order in the 6th inning too.

The Power tied the score in the 7th inning. �Cunningham led off with a single, and RF David Rubinstein was hit by a pitch. �1B Aaron Baker dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Cunningham and Rubinstein up one base each. �C Ramon Cabrera beat out an infield single to second base, allowing Cunningham to score the tying run, but Cabrera was caught stealing second base, and a strikeout ended the rally.

Ryan Kelly took over for Nate Baker to begin the 6th inning. �He gave up a walk in that inning, but left that runner stranded. �In the 7th, Lexington put two runners on base, on a fielding error by SS Benji Gonzalez and a single, but a double play got Kelly out of that jam. �But in the bottom of the 8th, Kelly gave up a single, an RBI double off the top of the left field wall, and an RBI single up the middle, to give Lexington a 3-1 lead.

Evan Chambers homered in the top of the 9th, a blast over the left field wall, to bring the score to 3-2. �A fielding error put Jarek Cunningham on base, and David Rubinstein moved him to second with a single. �A fly out and a double play ended the game, with the two Power runners still on base.

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