April 26, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Jupiter Hammerheads
Jupiter, FL- After coming off a road trip where the Hammerheads won five out of eight games, including an 18 run performance on Friday night, the Jupiter bats continued to stay hot as they defeated Daytona 8-3 on Tuesday.
Brian Schales paced the team at the plate, going 4-4 with 2 RBI, raising his average to .326. The Hammerheads "hammered out" 14 hits, getting multi-hit games from Schales, Dexter Kjerstad, and newcomer John Silviano.
Ben Holmes made his third start of the season and looked sharp. The Lefty tossed five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with five strikeouts and zero walks.
The power went out at Roger Dean Stadium for a brief moment during the bottom of the first inning, but there was plenty of power at the plate. Right after the power came on, Stone Garrett hit a no-doubt homerun over the left field wall to give the Hammerheads an early 1-0 lead. Daytona would tie things up in the third after Blake Butler's single to center field scored Chris Okey.
The Hammerheads would respond in the fourth, plating two runs on an RBI single from Schales, and an error by Daytona catcher Chris Okey that eventually scored Schales. Jupiter wouldn't look back from there, as they added five more insurance runs, three in the sixth and two in the seventh, to claim their 10th victory on the season.
Both teams will go at it Wednesday night for game two of this three game set. Felipe Gonzalez (2-1 2.51 ERA) will get the start for Jupiter. He'll be opposed by Daytona righty Jose Lopez (1-1 2.25 ERA.) First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.