Barnstormers Roll to 10-2 Victory
All of the elements came together for the Lancaster Barnstormers on Friday evening.
Lancaster rapped out eight extra base hits, and four right-handers combined on a three-hitter as the host club defeated the Lexington Legends, 10-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Andretty Cordero snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run blast to left field in the bottom of the fifth, but it was in the seventh inning that Lancaster broke the game open. Kelly Dugan led off with a single off the glove of first baseman Isaias Tejeda. Henry Owens struck out the next two, but the inning was extended with a walk to Trayvon Robinson. Dennicher Cordero drilled a triple into the left field corner for a 6-2 lead. Following another walk to Anthony Peroni, Jake Hoover also ripped a liner down the left field line, his going for a two-run double. Shawon Dunston, Jr. capped the inning with a triple to right center.
Robinson added an RBI double in the eighth.
Dugan opened the scoring with his league-leading 17th homer of the season, a two-out solo shot onto the right field tent in the first off Bruce Bell (0-1). Blake Swihart answered with a two-run homer lined onto the deck toward right center in the third for the only two runs in five innings off Nile Ball (2-3).
Cordero tied the game in the bottom of the third, following a two-out walk to Dugan with a sinking liner to center which skipped past T.K. Koontz for a double, allowing the run to score from first.
Erik Manoah fired two perfect relief innings for the Barnstormers. Tyler Suellentrop and Donald Goodson added one apiece as the Barnstormers retired the last 14 Legends hitters.
Brooks Hall makes his return to Lancaster for the start on Saturday. Fireworks will follow the game. Fans may also tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, starting at 6:25.
NOTES: Lexington entered the game short-handed and coming off a doubleheader at Southern Maryland that ended at 2:01 AM Friday…Three of the four pitchers used by the Legends were signed during the day on Friday…Cordero extended his hitting streak to 10…Lancaster finished the night with three triples, three doubles and two homers…Manoah has retired all nine batters he has faced in the Atlantic League, striking out five…Suellentrop was one pitch from an “immaculate” inning but needed 12 pitches to strike out the side in the eighth…Dugan leads the league by two in the home run department over Courtney Hawkins of Lexington and Carlos Franco of York.