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Asheville Lets One Slip Through Their Grasp

May 5, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Asheville Tourists News Release

ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Tourists played one of their best games of the season on Sunday afternoon, yet still came up short to the Delmarva Shorebirds. No matter what the Tourists do, and that includes steal eight bases in one game, or what any team does for that matter, the Shorebirds hang around and typically find a way to win. Today it was an improbable 10-9 victory for the visitors, despite the Tourists eight stolen bases.

Asheville fell behind early 4-1 but rallied to score the game's next five runs. The Tourists used a four-run fourth inning to take their first lead of the game at 6-4. Delmarva scored once in the top of the fifth; however, another big Tourists inning looked to put the game on ice. Asheville scored three more in the bottom of the seventh and held a 9-5 lead with only six outs left to record.

The only problem was that Asheville's opponent was Delmarva. A 23-4 team who has won several games in the final innings; both at home and on the road. This Delmarva team needed mere minutes to erase the deficit. They plated four runs in the eighth inning and tied the game 9-9.

In the ninth, what appeared to be a routine inning once again turned into disaster. A two-out infield single followed by a poorly hit double where Asheville's outfield was out of position gave Delmarva a one run lead. The bottom of the ninth featured a hit by the Tourists but it was clear the damage was already done.

Kyle Datres and Luke Morgan each finished with two extra-base hits and three hits overall. Riley Pint and Mike Nikorak both earned their first holds of the year with each pitcher tossing a scoreless inning in the middle of the game when Asheville was up only one.

John Cresto, Willie MacIver, and Coco Montes all had multi-hit efforts as well. In the end, this Delmarva team fought back, and like they have so many times already this season, they snatched a win right from their opponent's grasp; and this time it happened to be the Tourists.

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