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Aviators drop 8-4 decision to Dillas

August 21, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – The Amarillo Dillas snapped a 1-1 tie with seven unanswered runs and went on to beat the Coastal Bend Aviators 8-4 in front of a crowd of 3,752 Friday night at Fairgrounds Field. The Dillas, who a night earlier had clinched the West Division’s final playoff spot, handed the Aviators their second straight loss and 22nd defeat in the last 30 games.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel between Amarillo’s Marcus Castillo and Matt Rohr of Coastal Bend. Neither team scored until the 4th, when the Dillas went up 1-0 on back-to-back two-out singles…Javerro January scoring all the way from first on Dallas McMann’s blooper to right. The Aviators tied the game with a run in their half of the inning when Eric Battersby scored from second on a single by Mike Guerrero.

Asdrubal Oropeza put Amarillo back in front in the 6th, taking Rohr deep…Oropeza’s two-run homer gave the Dillas a 3-1 lead. In the 7th back-to-back doubles by Odannis Ayala and Dan Meier extended Amarillo’s lead…later in the inning January delivered an RBI single to make the score 5-1. The Dillas went up 8-1 with three runs in the 8th inning…Ayala doubled home Oropeza and Trent Otis and then scored on Meier’s line single to center. The Aviators closed the gap with three runs in the bottom of the 8th – Noah Peery scored from third on a Don Blaylock wild pitch and then, with Guerrero aboard, Trey Salinas smashed a two-run pinch-hit homer that hit the scoreboard in straightaway left field. That would be as close as Coastal Bend would get, as Amarillo reliever Cameron Flading retired the Aviators in order in the 9th to preserve the 8-4 victory.

Castillo (5-5 with Amarillo, 7-8 overall) allowed just a run on six hits and fanned a half-dozen to earn the win, with Rohr (1-3) giving up five runs on 10 hits in six-and-a-third innings to take the loss. McMann led Amarillo’s 14-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night…Ayala, Meier, January and Oropeza chipped in with two hits apiece. The Aviators piled up nine hits in the losing effort, with Battersby and Cris Colon each collecting a pair of safeties. With Friday’s loss, Coastal Bend dropped to 18-29 in the second half and 42-53 on the season…Amarillo improved its second half record to 23-24 and overall mark 36-57. The Aviators play their final game of the 2004 season Saturday in the series finale with the Dillas – lefthander Lavelle Morgan (5-9) will be on the mound for Coastal Bend; Amarillo is expected to counter with righty Jason Bernard (0-2).

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