BARNSTORMERS WIN THRILLER
A grounder to the hole on the right side gave York an insurance run. A similar ground ball gave Lancaster the win.
Anthony Peroni’s ground ball on the right side eluded the grip of second baseman Darian Sandford, allowing two runs to score as the Barnstormers took an 11-10, 10-inning decision from the York Revolution Saturday evening at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
After Melvin Mercedes had tied the game with an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth, York began the 10th with Carlos Franco at second base. Yoel Espinal (1-1) walked Rashad Crawford to fill in first base. After Franco was cut down trying to steal third, Welington Dotel grounded with a double inside the third base bag as the Revolution grabbed a 9-8 lead. After Espinal loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter, Edwin Figuera hit a grounder on the right side. Mercedes made a diving stop but could not locate the ball as Dotel scored the 10th York run.
Bubby Rossman (0-2) tried to slam the door, but three walks and a wild pitch made it 10-9 with two outs and the bases loaded. Catcher Anthony Peroni stepped in to bat for Espinal and hit a grounder toward the same right side hole. Darian Sandford got to the ball, but, like Mercedes, could not gain possession. LeDarious Clark scored the tying run, and Blake Allemand followed with the winning tally as the first place Barnstormers improved to 5-4.
For the second straight night, York jumped out to an early lead as Crawford capped a four-run first with a two-run homer to right. Lancaster whittled two runs off the lead, but Franco opened the fourth with a home run. Three straight singles ensued as the Revs went ahead, 6-2.
Lancaster roared back. Clark lofted a homer onto the picnic deck in the fourth. With two outs in the fifth, Kelly Dugan drove a two-run double over the head of Melky Mesa in left. Clark blasted another homer for a 7-6 lead.
That did not last as Crawford opened the sixth with his second homer of the night. A double by Nellie Rodriguez and a ground single into right by Dotel gave York the 8-7 lead that remained until Mercedes got the unearned run home with two outs in the ninth.
The Barnstormers will send Tommy Shirley (1-0) to the mound on Sunday afternoon against Austin Steinfort (0-1). It is a Family Fun Day at Clipper Magazine with a pre-game catch and kids run the bases. Fans can tune into the game on Blue Ridge 11 or the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, starting at 1:00.
NOTES: Clark now has four homers on the year in 25 official at bats…Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-5 in his Barnstormers debut…Mercedes had his fifth multi-hit game of the season…Donald Goodson was used in relief for the seventh time in nine games…Peroni was the fifth different batter who took swings in the nine-spot in the batting order, due to the double hook rule.