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Aces survive late rally for win

July 22, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Alexandria Aces News Release

Alexandria, La. - July 22, 2008 - The Alexandria Aces survived comebacks of four and three runs and a scare in the ninth to take Tuesday's game 10-9 against the Edinburg Coyotes at Bringhurst Field. The Aces got out to a big lead early. After Daryl Jones hit a solo homer in the top of the first, the Aces came back with five runs of their own. Bryan Sabatella was issued a leadoff walk and moved to third on a double by Luis Guance. Selwyn Langaigne and Palmer Karr Jr. followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Rafael Ozuna put the Aces up by four with a three-run homer to right, his seventh of the year. The Coyotes came back with four runs in the top of the third. A two-run double by Argelis Nunez and a two-run single by Mayobanex Santana tied the game 5-5. The Aces took a three-run lead in the bottom half of the inning. Eddie Fitzpatrick drove in two with a single, and Guance hit him in with a double to give Alexandria a 8-5 lead. Edinburg came back again in the sixth to tie the game 8-8 on a controversial call. Angelo Fermin and Daryl Jones provided RBI singles to bring the Coyotes within one. With two outs and runners at first and third, Aces reliever picked Jones off of first as he attempted to steal second. When first baseman Bryan Sabatella was about to throw to second, he saw Alex Entrekin break for home from third. Sabatella threw home to Fitzpatrick for the out, but Entrekin just beat the tag to tie the game. Both Fitzpatrick and manager Ricky VanAsselberg were thrown out of the game after arguing the call. It stayed tied until the bottom of the eighth. The Aces scored two in the inning. Ozuna led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Blake Butler to break the tie. Butler was resigned by the Aces on Tuesday and was 2-5. After moving to second on a single by Jose Umbria, Sabatella moved Butler to third on a fly out to right. Butler scored the Aces 10th run when Edinburg reliever Julio Castro threw a wild pitch to the backstop. The Coyotes nearly tied the game for the third time in the top of the ninth. Wayne Hedden Walked Entrekin and gave up a single to Jones to put runners on second with no outs. After a couple of pop outs Hedden walked two straight to pull the Coyotes within one. With two outs, the bases loaded, in the top of the ninth, Hedden struck out Brandon McConnell to end the game. The Aces and Coyotes finish their three-game series Wednesday as Ramon Portillo of the Aces takes on Aaron Guerra of the Coyotes. Game time is 7:05.

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