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Aviators run win streak to four

June 29, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

Robstown, TX– Edwin Maldonado’s 10th inning bloop single capped off his most productive offensive night of the season and knocked in the game-winning run as Coastal Bend nipped the Jackson Senators 3-2 in front of 2,065 Tuesday night at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, Texas…Coastal Bend racking up their fourth straight victory and their sixth in seven games on the current homestand.

The game featured an exciting pitcher’s duel between starters Ryan Snyder of Jackson and the Aviators Mike Smith. Coastal Bend grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Francisco Lebron singled home Cris Colon in the bottom of the 1st inning…but in the top of the 2nd Jackson tied the score when Nick Sorensen’s two-out single to left plated Gerard McCall. The Aviators got runners to third base in both the 4th and 5th innings while Jackson loaded the bases in their half of the 5th, but both Smith and Snyder worked out of their respective jams to keep the score knotted up at one apiece.

In the 6th the Senators went ahead 2-1 – McCall connected for a one-out double and came home on Sorensen’s two-bagger in the right field gap. Coastal Bend answered right back in the bottom of the 6th…Maldonado led off with a single and scored all the way from first on a Lou Ferrell double to right. That’s the way it stayed until the bottom of the 10th when the Aviators scored the game winner – with one out and reliever Reid Casey on the mound for Jackson, Carlos Castillo lined an opposite field single to left and then promptly stole second. After Carlos Adolfo struck out, Maldonado came to the plate and looped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right field. Steve Newson failed in his attempt to make a diving catch, and Maldonado’s fourth hit of the contest drove in Castillo to give Coastal Bend its third straight victory over the Senators.

Augustin Marquetti (1-0) pitched an inning-and-a-third of shutout relief to pick up the win for the Aviators…Casey (2-2) was saddled with the loss for the Senators. Coastal Bend piled up 10 hits on the night, with Maldonado finishing 4-for-5…Jackson was held to just six hits; Sorensen going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Tuesday’s win improved the Aviators second half record to 3-0 and overall mark to 27-24…the Senators dropped to 0-3 in the second half and 19-31 overall. Coastal Bend will try for the series sweep Wednesday in the finale of the four game set – righthander Jose Luis Lopez (6-3) will be on the mound for the Aviators…the Senators will counter with righty Ryan Creek (3-1).

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