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Aviators Score 9th Inning Win Over Pelicans, 3-2

August 14, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

Coastal Bend's playoff pulse may be faint, but the Aviators are still playing the full nine innings.

Tuesday night in Pensacola, Pedro Flores had a solid outing, giving the Aviators 6 quality innings in which he struck out 6 batters. He allowed just 2 runs on a second inning homer by Bo Williams. And while his teammates took a while to get on the scoreboard, they eventually took advantage of several walks and a wild pitch to score a run in the sixth and seventh innings on just two hits.

With the bases loaded, Tim Haines got the final out of the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the tie. He stayed on to throw a scoreless eighth, and in the top of the ninth the Aviators grabbed their first lead. Ryan Smith led off with a triple to right field and Chase Gerdes drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-2 Coastal Bend. Tom Atlee came on to work a 1-2-3 ninth for his 17th save of the year and end the Aviators three game losing streak. Haines was the winner (5-5) for the Aviators while Carl Schaefer (6-4) was the loser for Pensacola.

Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 6:35pm and can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM and online.

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