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Somerset Rallies Past ‘Stormers in Nightcap

The Lancaster Barnstormers’ hopes for a doubleheader sweep ended in the bottom of the sixth inning in the nightcap when Somerset strung together four consecutive singles to produce two runs and a 4-2 win.

Earlier, the ‘Stormers defeated the Patriots, 7-6, in a 10-inning opening game (see earlier story).

York also split a doubleheader, so the two ballclubs remain tied atop the Freedom Division with 30-23 records in the second half.  There are 17 games remaining on the schedule.

Kyle Roller took a 1-2 pitch from Brad Bergesen (9-8) down the right field line to open the bottom of the sixth inning.  Mark Minicozzi drilled an 0-2 offering into right field, sending Roller to second, and D’Vontrey Richardson’s poke on the right side resulted in a third straight single, loading the bases.

Kaohi Downing was summoned in relief and got to an 0-2 count on Justin Trapp, but the Patriots right fielder grounded a single up the middle to score pinch runner Ronnie Shaban with the lead run.  Adam Donachie made it a 4-2 game with a grounder on the right side.

Garrett Weber gave the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead with a homer to dead center as the second batter of the game.  Cole Garner doubled home Beau Amaral in the third for a 2-0 edge.

Somerset struck back with a Carlos Guzman two-out solo homer in the third, and Richardson tied the game with an RBI single to center in the fourth, scoring an unearned run.

Lancaster missed on a huge chance to retake the lead in the sixth as Garner banged out his fourth double of the twin bill, and Sean Halton followed with a single to left.  Kyler Newby (3-4) retired Steve Clevenger on a shallow fly ball to left and got Nate Coronado to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the threat.

Dustin Molleken got the side in order in the ninth for his third save.

The Barnstormers send Tommy Shirley (3-4) to the hill on Thursday night against fellow lefty Mike Antonini (2-1).  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:45.

NOTES:  Weber has five of his homers, including the last four, against Somerset…Coronado lost a nine-game hitting streak in the second game…The Trapp single gave the Patriots their only lead of the night, although they erased four ‘Stormers leads.


Barnstormers Scrape By Somerset, 7-6

The Lancaster Barnstormers could not put the game away.  The Somerset Patriots could not pass.

Finally, the Barnstormers’ fourth lead of the night held as Lancaster took the opener of a doubleheader at TD Bank Park, 7-6, in a 10-inning contest.

It was the longest game played by the Barnstormers this season at four hours, four minutes.

Anderson De La Rosa beat out a scratch single to lead off the tenth against Dustin Antolin (1-2).  Beau Amaral moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Garrett Weber snuck a single under second baseman Justin Trapp’s glove to put runners at first and third.  Cole Garner, trailing in the count, hit a bouncer into the hole at short, but the Patriots could only get a force out at second as the tie breaking run scored.

Daniel Moskos (6-2), Lancaster’s seventh pitcher of the game, picked up the final out in the ninth, but the Patriots opened the bottom of the tenth with a bloop hit from D’Vontrey Richardson.  Adam Donachie flied to right, but Aharon Eggleston walked to put a second runner on base.  Moskos got Yovan Gonzalez to bounce into a quickly turned 5-4-3 double play to finish the game.

The Barnstormers earlier had leads of 4-1, 5-4, and 6-5.

Marc Minicozzi and Olmo Rosario homered for Somerset.  The Barnstormers banged out five doubles, two each by Garner and Sean Halton.

Brad Bergesen (9-7) makes the start in the second game against spot starter A.J. Achter (2-2).