Offense Feasts in 13-3 Win
Lancaster’s offense flipped the switch back to “Feast” mode on Wednesday evening.
After scoring one run in the previous two games, the Lancaster Barnstormers satisfied their appetites with a buffet of eight extra base hits in a 13-3 rout of the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the middle game of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Barnstormers jumped ahead of Jerry Keel (2-1) in the bottom of the second on consecutive, two-out RBI doubles by Anderson Feliz and Jake Hoover. Colton Shaver added a two-run blast to right center in the top of the fourth to open up a 4-0 lead, but it was not until the lower half of the sixth that the Barnstormers were able to salt away the game.
LeDarious Clark opened the Lancaster sixth with a towering home run to left center. Colton Shaver followed with a triple off the fence in right center to chase Keel. Andretty Cordero singled to center to produce Shaver with the night’s sixth run. A two-base wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Feliz made it 7-1.
Kelly Dugan produced an RBI single to right in the seventh. Clark followed with a long double to right center, and, one out later, Cordero blasted a homer onto the hillside for a 12-1 lead.
B.J. Boyd lined a solo shot into right center in the bottom of the eighth.
Augie Sylk (2-3) spun five scoreless innings, allowing only two bunt singles and two walks. Zach Jarrett broke up the shutout bid off Oscar De La Cruz with a solo homer to right center in the sixth. Chase Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh before the Honey Hunters reached Donald Goodson for single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
The series concludes on Baseball in Education Day at 11:00 AM on Thursday. Cameron Gann (2-2) will make the start for the Barnstormers against Reilly Hovis (1-0). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, starting at 10:55.
NOTES: The Barnstormers have now outscored their opponents, 164-163, on the season…All three of Cordero’s homers have been against Gastonia…Shaver’s was his first at home and also his fourth in the last five games…He has 13 RBI in his last seven games…Prior to Wednesday night, Shaver had four stolen bases and two triples in regular season play as a professional…Clark is batting .361 in his last 17 games with 12 extra base hits…Sylk has not allowed an earned run in the first four innings in any of his last four starts…His ERA has dropped to 4.91.