Barnstormers Head To Finals
Four Lancaster extra-base hits drove in 10 runs in the middle innings on Saturday evening as the Barnstormers advanced to the Atlantic League Championship Series with a 12-8 victory over the York Revolution Saturday evening at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
The win completed a three-game sweep of the Revs, ending their quest for a third consecutive Atlantic League title.
Lancaster trailed, 4-1, heading into the fourth inning. Chris Cody got the first out, but Tommy Everidge screamed a line drive off the left field wall to get the rally started. A wild pitch sent Everidge to second, and he advanced to third on a single to center by Fehlandt Lentini, who took second on a bad throw back to infield. Ryan Harvey walked to fill the bases, and Travis Denker got Lancaster to within one on a two-run double off the "Arch Nemesis."
Cody (0-1) retired Francisco Hernandez on a fly ball to right field for the second out but could not get through Bridger Hunt. Hunt, playing his first game of the series, laced a two-run double into the alley in right center for a 5-4 lead.
Ryan Harvey stretched the lead to 8-4 with a monstrous three-run homer off the back tier of signs in left center against Adam Thomas in the fifth inning.
York would not go away. Jeff Fiorentino hammered a ground rule double to right field with one out in the bottom of the fifth. J.D. Durbin fanned Joe Thurston for the second out. Andres Perez ripped a single into left and took second on the throw home. Chris Nowak doubled down the third base line, his seventh consecutive hit, to cut the lead to 8-6. Following a walk to Johan Limonta, Michael Hernandez pulled the Revs to within one with a single to right. Travis Scott popped to second to end the rally.
Lancaster struck again in the sixth. Hunt doubled down the right field line with one out then left for a pinch runner as his hamstring tightened. Gilberto Mejia slapped a single into left to put runners at the corners. Adam Godwin planted a slow grounder on the right side. Perez tried to get Mejia for a force at second, but the throw eluded Joe Thurston on a close play as Kyle Haines scored. Blake Gailen was retired on a bunt try, but Everidge slammed a three-run homer to the opposite field for a 12-7 advantage.
The Revolution's last gasp came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Joe Thurston greeted Beau Vaughan with a double to left center and scored on Perez' third hit of the night. Nowak added a single, and the Barnstormers switched to lefty Ronnie Morales to face left-handed swinging Johan Limonta. Morales finished off the inning, not allowing another run to score. Jeff Bennett followed with a perfect eighth. Tim Hamulack wiped out the Revs in the ninth, including strikeouts of Perez and Nowak to close out the game, sending the Barnstormers into a moderate celebration. Lancaster will open the finals at home on Wednesday at 7:00. The Liberty Division Championship series between Long Island and Southern Maryland heads into a fifth and deciding game on Sunday at 5:05. Fans may tune into 1390-AM, WLAN; 1600-AM, WPDC; 1390wlan.com or the I Heart Radio cell phone app beginning at 6:45.
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