Aviators Slam Sports 14 -3
A night after Shreveport stung the Aviators for 6 runs in the fifth inning, the Aviators returned the favor and then some. Coastal Bend teed off on three different Shreveport pitchers, pounding out 24 hits in 46 at bats while scoring 6 runs in the fifth before adding 5 more in the seventh to rout the Sports 14-3. With the victory the Aviators take the rubber game of the three game set and improve to 6-8. Shreveport falls to 8-5.
After getting a rare day off on Wednesday, catcher Stephen Morales led the offensive explosion. He went 4 for 4 with a walk, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI including a solo blast to left in the second. James Lofton and Phillip Grau each had 4 hits as well, batting in 3 and 2 respectively. Every Aviator starter had a hit and 8 players had multiple hits.
In a game that was actually close into the fifth, Pedro Flores pitched 5 strong innings on short rest. His turn in the rotation was moved up due to an injury to left hander Eric Domangue. When the Aviators broke the game open Flores was lifted for relievers Tim Haines, Matt Wilkinson, and Miguel Martinez who gave successfully prevented any comeback attempt by the Sports.
Sports starter Derrick Cunningham lasted only four and a third innings and gave up 4 runs. Reliever Donnie Tarbutton opened the flood gates for Coastal Bend allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in just two thirds of an inning. As many runs as the Aviators scored, it could have been worse as they left 11 men on base.
Coastal Bend now waits for the division leading El Paso Diablos to roll into town Friday for a 3 game series this weekend. The Aviators suffered a sweep to El Paso last weekend and will be looking to make up ground and continue their strong play at home. Gametime is 7:05 pm. Tickets are available by calling 361-387-8585 or online at www.aviatorsbaseball.com. The game can also be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM or online.
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