BARNSTORMERS SMASH RECORD ON OPENING NIGHT
Lancaster Picks Up 23-7 Win over York
On a Friday night with football weather, the Lancaster Barnstormers put up a football score.
Lancaster shattered a franchise record by scoring 23 runs in a 23-7 victory in the home opener at Clipper Magazine Stadium in front of 5.614. The 23 runs broke a franchise record of 19 set in 2007 and replicated in 2008.
The Barnstormers, who had not had a baserunner in the first inning for seven games on the opening road trip, quickly reversed the course on Friday. LeDarious Clark opened the inning with a solid single to left and stole second. Melvin Mercedes launched a triple over the head of left fielder Melky Mesa. Following a walk to Colton Shaver, Kelly Dugan planted a double into the right field corner. Austin Nicely (0-2) got Andretty Cordero on a fly out to center for the first out. A third run scored when Mark Zagunis grounded to third. Anderson Feliz was hit by a pitch, and Trace Loehr beat out a single off Nicely’s glove before Jake Hoover doubled off the right field wall, scoring two more.
Lancaster’s sixth run scored when a Nicely pitch got past catcher Paul Mondesi. At the same time, Clark became the first Barnstormer to take advantage of the Atlantic League’s experimental rule and was awarded a base hit for reaching first safely.
Dugan finished the night with six RBI, three on a homer to right center in the sixth inning. Hoover drove in five on a pair of doubles and a single. Clark was 4-for-4 with two dashes to first on wild pitches and drove in three. Shaver also had a three-RBI game.
Brent Teller (1-1) benefitted from the attack. The right-hander went five innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one earned. He struck out seven in becoming the first Barnstormers starter to earn a win this season.
York scored five runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run single through the left side by Mesa and three bases-loaded walks.
The two clubs meet again on Saturday at 6:30 with Nile Ball (0-0) pitching against Jorge Martinez (0-0). Fireworks will follow the game. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, beginning at 6:25.
NOTES: Pitcher Oscar De La Cruz and outfielder Connor Lien made their Lancaster debuts in the game…De La Cruz pitched a scoreless sixth inning while Lien, obtained from Southern Maryland earlier in the day, went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles…The 21 hits missed the franchise record of 25, set in 2012…With 32 total bases in the game, the Barnstormers more than doubled the season high…Lancaster went 16-for-27 with runners in scoring position.
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