Three wins in four games. Brian Hall digs the long ball and Syracuse loves the French.
Syracuse 8 Rochester 5
Syracuse fell behind early and it looked like yet another loss for the Chiefs. Josue Matos allowed four runs through four innings and the Chiefs were in familiar territory, down 4-1. But in the fifth Anton French hit a three run home run to tie the game. Then in the sixth Tim Whittaker singled in Julius Matos to put the Chiefs in front.
Syracuse held the lead until the bottom of the eighth. Bob File came into the game with two outs and a Jason Kershner runner on second. File gave up a hit to tie the game. In the ninth French led off with a single. Eric Crozier sacrificed him to second and then Russ Adams struck out but reached on a passed ball. A walk loaded the bases for Howie Clark who singled to drive in two runs and a groundout scored the third run. File got the win with a three up, three down ninth inning.
Julius Matos was 2-3 with two walks and three runs scored. French was 2-5 with two runs and three RBI's.
New Hampshire - Scheduled Day Off
Tampa 9 Dunedin 4
Tampa entered this game with a chance to tie Dunedin for the division lead with a win. Neomar Flores started and held Tampa at bay for two innings, which allowed his teammates to get their bats going. Vito hit a two run home run in the first and Miguel Negron doubled home Raul Tablado to make it 3-0. Carlo Cota homered in the second to make it 4-0. But in the third inning Flores gave up a run and then two more in the fourth before giving way to Felix Romero who allowed both inherited runners to score to put Dunedin down 5-4. Tampa added a run in the sixth and three on two home runs off Brian Reed in the ninth. Tampa had 17 hits.
Ron Davenport and Negron had two hits each.
Charleston - Scheduled Day Off
Mahonong Valley 5 Auburn 14
At the start of the season Brian Hall set a personal goal to hit five home runs. He reached that goal early in the season so he adjusted his goal to ten home runs. Hall reached ten yesterday by hitting two round trippers and driving in seven. A three run home run in the second and a grand salami in the seventh made it a night to remember.
Curtis Thigpen doubled in a run in the first inning and scored on an error. Joey Metropoulos hit a two run home run in the second inning. Aaron Mathews had two hits and drove in three runs.
Casey McKenzie had a good start, four scoreless innings. The scrappers runs came in the last two innings.
Burlington 3 Pulaski 7
Burlington scored their three runs in the first two innings off Yesson Berroa who was done in the second. , Eddie Cannon and Aaron Tressler each pitched at least two innings of scoreless relief.
Pulaski tied the game in the third when Yuber Rodriquez doubled with the bases loaded. Pulaski added an unearned run in the fourth and Joshua Lex doubled in another in the fifth. Lex doubled again to drive in two more in the seventh.
Lex and Rodriguez each had a pair of doubles and three RBI's.
Our Three-Star Selection
The 3rd Star: Julius Matos, 2-3, three runs scored, two walks
The 2nd Star: Anton French, 2-5, 2 runs, three RBI's, scored the winning run
The 1st Star: Brian Hall, seven RBI's and two home runs