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Freedom Swept in Weekend Series

August 11, 2019 - Frontier League (FL) - Florence Freedom News Release

O'FALLON, Mo - Hoping to salvage the finale of a weekend series, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, fell, 17-7, to the River City Rascals on Sunday at CarShield Field.

Continuing a trend that lasted all series, it was River City (46-33) who scored first, plating a pair of runs after catcher's interference extended the bottom of the first inning, allowing James Morisano to put the home team ahead of the Freedom (48-32) with a two-RBI single. Adding to their advantage in the second, Braxton Martinez and Trevor Achenbach connected on back-to-back homers for the second time this weekend, the former being a two-run shot as the score moved to, 5-0, after two.

Florence would pull within two with a three-run third, Austin Wobrock lifting a sacrifice-fly before Connor Crane plated two with his first triple of the year. Right-hander, Taylor Ahearn would make the start for River City, but lasted only four innings on his way to a no-decision.

One more run would cross the plate off Freedom lefty, Scott Sebald, in the third, L.J. Kalawaia stretching the Rascals edge to, 6-3, with an RBI-single. Sebald would finish his outing having spun two consecutive shut-out innings. The southpaw would take a no-decision, his eighth of the season, logging 5 innings and allowing six earned on seven hits with a game-high ten strikeouts and two walks. Sebald recorded strikeouts on six of the first seven outs of the ballgame, while the Freedom fanned 17 in total in the finale.

Fighting back to tie the score in the fifth, Wobrock continued a strong performance at the plate with a two-run single to center, scoring Caleb Lopes and Luis Pintor who both reached on singles to start the frame, knocking Ahearn out of the game. With Anthony Herrera still on the hill for the Rascals, Taylor Bryant worked a walk with the bases loaded, helping Florence staleamate the game at 6. For a moment, it appeared the Freedom would take a one-run lead, pinch-hitter, Trevor Craport sending a fly-ball to left with one out. Crane attempted to tag up and score, but was ruled to have left early as the top of the fifth came to an abrupt end.

River City would use four pitchers over the final four innings, Andrew Vernon (4-1), Taylor Suggs, Taylor Purus, and Tanner Cable all going one inning apiece.

The contest would slip away from Florence in the home side of the sixth, Sean Hughes (2-1) taking over on the hill in the wake of Sebald. The right-hander would struggle, allowing six earned runs without recording an out. After a walk and a single started the inning, Martinez turned on his second homer of the game, a three-run shot to push the Rascals ahead, 9-6. Morisano plated one more on an ensuing fielder's choice, before Hayden Wheeler replaced Hughes with two men on and all three outs left to find. Wheeler fanned the first two batters he faced, but River City mounted a two-out rally, sending seven batters to the dish before out number three was recorded. Three-straight walks scored the final two runs on the Hughes line, and Martinez added two more RBI with a line-drive single to left. Achenbach would tally his second homer of the game next, a three-run shot to open a, 17-6, lead in an eleven-run frame.

The Freedom would add one more run in the ninth off Cable, Brandon Pugh scoring Crane from third with a rocket to right-center that turned into a sacrifice-fly. Cable would fan a pair in the inning, salting away a, 17-7, sweep clinching victory for the Rascals.

Both teams will take the show on the road for a mid-week series inside the West Division beginning on Tuesday. Florence will hope to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the resurgent Southern Illinois Miners at Rent One Park, while the Rascals travel to historic Bosse Field for a collision with the Evansville Otters.

The Florence Freedom are members of the Independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.


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