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Aviators win third straight, top Sports, 6-1

August 9, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – Lefthander Matt Rohr allowed just one hit through seven shutout innings and Coastal Bend used an 11-hit attack to beat Shreveport 6-1 Monday afternoon at Fairgrounds Field…a crowd of 1,165 was on hand to see the Aviators win their third straight and move to within three-and-a-half games of idle Amarillo in the race for the final West Division playoff spot.

The Aviators used the long ball to build an early lead – with two outs and Trey Salinas aboard in the bottom of the 1st inning, Mike Guerrero shot an opposite-field homer just inside the right field foul line to put the Aviators up 2-0. Coastal Bend went out to single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings off Shreveport starting pitcher Keith Black – Carlos Castillo lined a triple to the left field gap to drive home Noah Peery to make the score 3-0…then Guerrero delivered an RBI single to knock in Eric Battersby to extend the Aviators lead to 4-0. Rohr, meanwhile, mowed down the Sports offense, retiring 13 consecutive batters at one point.

In the 6th inning the Aviators went up 5-0 when Edwin Maldonado led off with a double and eventually scored on Marcus Knight’s two-out bunt single. Coastal Bend posted their final run in the 7th when Maldonado rapped an RBI double off Sports reliever David Kuiper to plate pinch-runner J.R. Cortez. Shreveport avoided a shutout when Michael Hicks bombed a two-out solo homer off Ryan Rafferty in the 9th…but Derek Patterson popped up to end the game and give the Aviators the victory.

Rohr (1-1) picked up his first win as a member of the Aviators, with Black (6-6) taking the loss for the Sports. Guerrero went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs to lead the Coastal Bend offense, with Maldonado and Cris Colon also picking up a pair of hits; Hicks had the lone two hits on the afternoon for Shreveport. Monday’s win improved the Aviators second half record to 15-22 (39-46 overall), while the Sports slipped to 16-21 in the second half and 43-41 on the year. Coastal Bend takes Tuesday off before returning to action Wednesday to host the San Angelo in the first of a four game series at Fairgrounds Field.

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