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Four-run first inning paves the way for Aviators' 5-3 win over Colts

August 12, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – A pair of two-run homers in the 1st inning set the tone, and lefthander Lavelle Morgan – with relief help from Kevin Seibert, Dan Henderson and Augustin Marquetti – held off a tenacious San Angelo squad and posted a 5-3 victory in the opener of a four-game series with the Colts at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, Texas…the Aviators winning their fourth straight while handing San Angelo their Central Baseball League record 11th straight loss.

After Morgan set down the Colts in the top of the 1st inning, the Aviators teed off on San Angelo starting pitcher Luis Salazar – Marcus Knight led off the bottom of the frame with a line single to right field…then two pitches later Eric Battersby ripped a home run that hit the stadium scoreboard in left (it was Battersby’s third homer in the last four games). Trey Salinas followed with a line single to left…then Mike Guerrero blasted a round-tripper to dead center to put Coastal Bend up 4-0. In the 4th Battersby delivered again – his two-out double plated Knight to extend the Aviators lead to 5-0.

San Angelo got on the board in the top of the 5th on a two-out RBI double by Tony James and a run-scoring triple off the bat of Matt Sanchez. The Colts whittled down a little bit more of the Aviators lead in the 7th, as Jaime Luna’s two-out single knocked in Andrew York to make the score 5-3. San Angelo kept on the attack in both the 8th and 9th innings, getting the tying runs on base, but both times were thwarted in their comeback attempt – Henderson got Tyson Boston and Joe Gilbert to fly out to end the 8th; then Marquetti struck out Sanchez for the final out in the 9th to lock down the Aviators sixth win over the Colts in 11 meetings this year.

Morgan (5-8) struck out seven in his five innings of work to earn the victory for Coastal Bend, with Marquetti picking up his second save of the season…Salazar (5-7) took the loss for San Angelo. Battersby and Carlos Castillo each went 2-for-4 to pace the Aviators nine-hit attack…York had three of the Colts eight hits on the night. Wednesday’s win, combined with Amarillo’s 2-0 loss to Edinburg, put Coastal Bend (16-22 in the second half, 40-46 overall) just two games back of the Dillas with then to play in the race for the West Division’s second playoff spot…San Angelo fell to 10-28 in the second half and 33-52 for the year. Game two of the series is scheduled for Thursday with Mark Persails (1-2 with Coastal Bend, 5-7 overall) on the mound for the Aviators; the Colts will counter with lefty Jonathan Gutierrez (0-1).

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