Gindl Single Breaks Ninth Inning Tie as Stormers Win, 5-3
The Lancaster Barnstormers are enjoying the road.
Caleb Gindl singled with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie as the ‘Stormers rallied past the Somerset Patriots, 5-3, Thursday evening at TD Bank Park.
The win kept the Barnstormers record unblemished at 3-0 away from Clipper Magazine Stadium. It also ended the Patriots’ seven-game winning streak.
With the score tied, 3-3, Anderson De La Rosa ripped a one-out double inside the third base bag to trigger the winning uprising off Jake Joyce (0-1). Darian Sandford walked, and Dan Gamache singled to advance pinch runner Devon Torrence to third and send Sandford to second. Gindl rolled his grounder up the middle just past the diving shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez to snap the tie.
The ninth capped a comeback for the Barnstormers, who trailed, 3-1, through the first five innings.
K.C. Hobson and Josh Bell ripped consecutive doubles down the right field line with two outs in the sixth to cut the deficit to one. Gamache, who had four hits on the night, doubled over the head of left fielder Ramon Flores to lead off the eighth. He scored two batters later on a single by Joe Terdoslavich into right center.
Gamache had staked the Barnstormers to a 1-0 lead with a single to left center in the third that plated De La Rosa from second.
Somerset’s only productive inning was the third. Steve Nyisztor drew a leadoff walk from Jared Lakind, and Craig Massey singled to right with one out. After Lakind fanned Rodriguez for the second out, Flores lofted a fly ball to left that sliced away from Terdoslavich for an RBI double. Rey Navarro then lined a double over the left fielder’s head to drive home two more and stake starter Liam O’Sullivan to a 3-1 lead.
Lancaster’s bullpen was solid, tossing 3 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball. Logan Sawyer (1-0) picked up the win for the Barnstormers. Cody Eppley pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Jake McCasland (1-1) will take the mound for the Barnstormers on Friday evening against David Kubiak (1-0). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:45.
NOTES: Terdoslavich has hit safely in 10 of 11, and Hobson has batted in nine of 10…Gamache had the first four-hit game by a Barnstormer on the season…Gindl has knocked home 14 runs in 13 games; Gamache has 10…Barnstormers pitching struck out nine more on Thursday…The staff has now whiffed 127 in 13 games.