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Barnstormers Tripped up in York

September 14, 2021 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Lancaster Barnstormers News Release

There were so many places where Tuesday night's series opener in York could have turned in another direction.

Nothing happened, and the Revolution eked out a 5-4 victory at People's Bank Park to take a 12-10 lead over the Barnstormers in the 2021 War of the Roses.

The Barnstormers drew first blood as Kelly Dugan beat a throw home on a Cleuluis Rondon single to left, and Anderson De La Rosa did likewise on an identical base hit by Trayvon Robinson. Caleb Gindl ripped a single into right, and Rondon was not as lucky, being gunned down on a perfect throw by Welington Dotel.

York took its first lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Dotel singled to left and stole second. Osmy Gregorio launched a fly ball barely fair into the right field corner for an RBI double. J.C. Encarnacion became the third batter hit by Nile Ball (2-5), filling in first base. Lenin Rodriguez struck out swinging, and Ball got James Harris to a 3-2 count. With the runners in motion, Harris drove the full count pitch over the big wall in left for the three-run homer and a 4-2 lead.

Robinson legged out an infield single to open the fifth. Caleb Gindl flied to center after his bunt attempt rolled foul just before reaching the third base bag. Melvin Mercedes walked, and Robinson scored on Alejandro De Aza's single up the middle. Blake Gailen slapped a grounder to third, but York failed to turn the double play as Jack Kenley's rushed relay throw skipped past Nellie Rodriguez allowing Mercedes to score the tying run.

Ball walked the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out Dotel before hitting Gregorio to load the bases. Donald Goodson took over to face Encarnacion. The center fielder's grounder to second was not hit quite hard enough for the Barnstormers to turn two as the tiebreaking run scored.

Lancaster could not make up the run. Austin Nicely (7-8) escaped trouble after allowing a walk to Blake Allemand and single to De La Rosa in the sixth. That same pair got to second and third in the eighth inning, but Brandon Fry held the lead by striking out Rondon.

The final chance died when Caleb Gindl's deep fly was snagged by Encarnacion within a few feet of the lower wall in left center for the second out in the ninth as Jim Fuller earned his 23rd save.

Lancaster and York meet in a doubleheader at 5:00 on Wednesday. Fans may tune into the YouTube broadcast at 4:55.

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