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NO TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW FOR NINTH INNING RALLY

The Lancaster Barnstormers wish they could have borrowed some of Wednesday evening’s ninth inning runs.

Unfortunately, baseball does not work that way.

The night after scoring four two-out runs in the ninth, the Barnstormers failed to capitalize on another chance, leaving the tying runs on base in dropping a 5-3 decision against the Somerset Patriots Thursday evening at TD Bank Park.

K.C. Hobson and Caleb Gindl opened the ninth inning with consecutive walks against Nate Roe.  Roe caught a break when Joe Terdoslavich’s liner to right was snagged by Will Kengor for the first out.  The right-hander then coaxed a 6-4-3 game ending double play out of Destin Hood, who had homered in the ninth the previous night, to pick up his first save.

Lancaster jumped ahead, 2-1 in the top of the third.  With two outs, Gindl singled into right and advanced to second when Terdoslavich walked.  Hood delivered a run with a single into right field to tie the game.  Anderson De La Rosa’s grounder to third baseman Jimmy Paredes was misplayed, allowing Terdoslavich to score a second run off David Holmberg (2-5).

Jonathan Albaladejo (2-9) held the lead until the bottom of the fifth.  With one out, Craig Massey singled, stole second and took third on a balk.  Scott Kelly banged a double to left to tie the game.  One out later, Kengor drilled his second double of the night on a liner to left to score Kelly for a 3-2 lead.

Michael Crouse and Michael Martinez exchanged solo homers later in the game to give the Patriots a 4-3 edge.  Somerset tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Edwin Espinal doubled and came all the way home on as strike three to Paredes eluded Anderson De La Rosa.

The Barnstormers return home to take on the New Britain Bees in a doubleheader on Friday evening at 6:00.  Lancaster will send right-hander Connor Overton to the mound in the opener against right-hander Cory Riordan.  For the nightcap, the Barnstormers have not committed to a starter.  Lefty Giovanni Soto will take the hill for the Bees.  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 5:45 PM.

NOTES:  De La Rosa lost his hitting streak at 11 games, the fourth longest by a Barnstormer this season…Darian Sandford hit safely for his 10th straight contest and stole his 60th base of the season…Hood has 37 RBI in his last 31 starts…Somerset won the season series, 11-10, marking the seventh straight season that the Patriots have defeated the Barnstormers on the year.