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Aviators use long ball to sink Senators, 7-3

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

Robstown, TX– The Aviators offense came to life again Monday night as home runs by Carlos Adolfo and Trey Salinas propelled Coastal Bend to a 7-3 win over the Jackson Senators in front of 1,470 fans at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, Texas…the Aviators have now taken the first two of their four game set with the Senators and have won five of six during their current homestand.

Adolfo provided the opening shot, leading off the bottom of the 1st inning with his seventh home run of the year and giving Coastal Bend the early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 4th, Aviators catcher Trey Salinas put the 1-0 offering from Senators starter Kevin Kuklis over the leftfield fence and extended Coastal Bend’s lead to 3-0. Aviators starting pitcher Dan Henderson held the Senators scoreless until the top of the 5th when Jackson’s Erick Mejias hit a solo homer. Jackson tried to get a rally going in the 6th with a leadoff triple by Selwyn Langaigne. Henderson walked the next batter Josh Tranum putting two runners on with no outs. Relief pitcher Eric Martanovic walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. He induced an infield popup before surrendering an RBI single to Mejias. Following a force out at home and a ground out to second base, the Aviators escaped the inning with their lead still intact at 3-2.

In the 7th Coastal Bend added to their lead -- Mike Guerrero led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and then went to third on a wild pitch. Kuklis walked Adolfo, who stole second base. When Jackson catcher Andrew York’s throw sailed into centerfield, Guerrero came home...then Edwin Maldonado promptly singled home Adolfo to bring the score to 5-2. In the top of the 8th the Senators again tried to rally – Steve Newson singled with one out, then advanced to second on relief pitcher Bubba Makowsky’s throwing error. Tyson Boston followed up with a single that advanced Newson to third. An RBI groundout by Mejias made the score 5-3, but Jackson’s rally ended when Boston was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on an infield single by Andrew York. Francisco Lebron began the Aviators half of the 8th with a walk issued by reliever Frank Pezely. After a long fly out to centerfield by John Ramistella, Trey Salinas hustled out an infield single. On the play, he and first baseman Josh Hoffpauir collided, as Hoffpauir tried to reel in the errant throw from Mejias. Lebron advanced to third and Salinas went to second. Mike Guerrero walked to load the bases, which brought up Marcus Knight, who delivered his first hit of the evening, a two run single that brought in Lebron and Salinas. Kevin Seibert came in from the Aviators bullpen to get the final three outs in the 9th to lock down the victory.

Henderson (1-0 with the Aviators, 4-1 overall) earned the win, with Kuklis (0-3) losing to Coastal Bend for the second time this season. Salinas led the Aviators eight hit attack with a 2-for-4 night…Guerrero also chipped in with a pair of safeties. Langaigne went 3-for-5 to pace the Senators, who with Monday’s loss dropped to 0-2 in the second half and 19-30 overall…Coastal Bend improved to 2-0 and 26-24 on the year. Game three of the series is set for Tuesday, with righthander Mike Smith (6-3) on the mound for the Aviators…Jackson will counter with lefty Ryan Snyder (2-7).

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