The Lancaster Barnstormers kept their feet firmly on the accelerator Saturday evening.
Lancaster rapped out 13 hits, six for extra bases, in routing the York Revolution, 12-3, in the middle game of a three-game series at People’s Bank Park.
Caleb Gindl stepped to the forefront with his first four-RBI game of the season. The Lancaster right fielder, after walking his first two trips, blasted a solo homer in the fourth to chase starter Ricky Schafer (2-2). He drove in a run with a slow roller in the seventh and drilled a two-run single in the eighth to cap the scoring.
The Barnstormers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the season on an RBI ground rule double by Gift Ngoepe and two-run single by Andrew Aplin. Following the Gindl knockout blow to Schafer, Joe Terdoslavich slugged an opposite field homer off reliever Philip Walby for a 5-0 lead. Aplin doubled down the first base line, and Destin Hood drilled a single to the gap in left center for a 6-0 lead.
Carlos Franco started a York comeback in the home fourth with a two-out, two-run homer down the left field line for the only two runs off Jared Lakind (6-5). Lakind and the Barnstormers got a break in the bottom of the sixth when, with the score still, 6-2, Melky Mesa belted a double off the top right corner of the “Arch Nemesis,” missing a two-run homer run by no more than a couple feet in two directions.
A two-run single by Devon Torrence, batting for the first time in the game, helped Lancaster pull away in the seventh, but York still had a last gasp.
Ryan Dent homered off Pedro Echemendia to start the seventh. York would load the bases on two singles and a walk before Garrett Granitz came to the rescue one out into the inning. Granitz got Isaias Tejeda to pop to shortstop on a running catch by Michael Martinez. Franco grounded to first to close out the threat.
Lancaster and York meet for the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon. John Anderson (8-6) will make the start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Ricky Eusebio (1-0). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel beginning at 12:45.
NOTES: Gindl’s homer was his first on the road this season…He moved to within three of Telvin Nash for the league RBI lead (77-74)…Terdoslavich hit safely for the eighth straight game…Aplin and Anderson De La Rosa have each hit safely in six in a row…Gindl reached base for the 14th straight game…The Barnstormers knocked out 10 or more hits for the sixth straight game…Lakind threw his seventh quality start…Parker Morin and Ngoepe were lifted for health reasons heading into the bottom of the sixth.