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Aviators drop second straight to Edinburg, 7-3

June 2, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – Coastal Bend has held to just four hits and Edinburg used an unearned run in the 7th and three insurance runs in the 9th to hand the Aviators a 7-3 defeat Tuesday night at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown…the Roadrunners winning their third straight and knocking Coastal Bend into third place in the Central Baseball League’s West Division race.

The Roadrunners got on the board first with a run in the top of the 3rd inning – Ryan Webb singled off Coastal Bend’s Lavelle Morgan, then stole second and third before coming home on an Anthony Angel groundout. The Aviators got even with a run in the bottom of the third – David Bell walked, was sacrificed to second, went to third on an error by Edinburg shortstop Hector Garanzuay and scored on an Edwin Maldonado sacrifice fly. The Roadrunners took a 3-1 lead in the 4th on a one-out single and back-to-back two-out doubles by Eddie Fitzpatrick and Shaun Argento. Edinburg starter Dan Henderson had held Coastal Bend hitless through the first four innings, but with a man aboard in the bottom of the 5th, Carlos Adolfo clubbed a home run to left field to knot up the contest at three apiece.

Edinburg went ahead to stay in the 7th – with one out and runners at the corners, Aviators reliever Rob Elias picked off Angel at first base, but Angel stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Vince Moore to score from third and put the Roadrunners on top 4-3. Coastal Bend mounted a rally in the 8th, but with runners at first and third and one out, Trey Salinas struck out and pinch runner Dalphie Correa was ruled out when Salinas got tangled up with Fitzpatrick the Roadrunners catcher…the batter’s interference call snuffing out the possible scoring opportunity (it also led to manager Glenn Wilson’s ejection in the 9th; the Aviators skipper brought a bag of baseballs to home, placed a ball at each end of the plate, rolled two balls down the third base line and then dumped nearly three dozen balls on the infield). Edinburg put the game away in the 9th – RBI singles by Ryan Lehr and Eric Gonzalez and a run-scoring double by Aaron Sisk gave the Roadrunners a four-run cushion…Steve Wilkerson then came on in relief to get the final three outs to lock down the victory.

Henderson (2-1) went six innings to pick up the victory for Edinburg, with Elias (4-1) taking the loss in relief for Coastal Bend. Gonzalez went 3-for-4 to lead the Roadrunners 13-hit attack…newly-signed Lou Ferrell had two hits to pace the Coastal Bend offense. Tuesday’s loss not only dropped the Aviators to 14-10 on the season but also two-and-a-half games behind first place Edinburg (17-8) in the West…and with San Angelo’s 6-3 win over Amarillo, the Colts leap-frog over Coastal Bend into second place in the division. The series and homestand finale is scheduled for Wednesday, with righthander Mike Smith (3-1) on the mound for the Aviators…the Roadrunners counter with righty Dan Valentin (2-2).

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