Lancaster Drops Eighth Straight, 7-1
Josh Bell took simultaneously took advantage of two new Atlantic League rules on Wednesday evening.
The Lancaster Barnstormers' infielder and hitting coach squared around to bunt on a 1-2 pitch, drew the bat back on a pitch in the dirt, then bolted for first base as the pitch eluded High Point's Matt Jones with one out in the seventh inning.
Unfortunately, the moment was one of the few highlights for Lancaster as High Point cruised to a 7-1 win, the eighth consecutive loss for the host Barnstormers.
Each club scored a run in the first inning, but the Rockers broke the tie in the third. With one out, Stephen Cardullo doubled to left. He took third on an infield single by Michael Russell. A grounder to third failed to score Cardullo but advanced Russell to third. The run scored on a two-out wild pitch before Jonathan Albaladejo (1-6) struck out Quincy Latimore to end the inning.
High Point put the game away in the fourth. Hector Gomez led off with a single to left and stole second. He scored on a single to left center by Viosergy Rosa. Myles Schroder followed with a two-run blast to right and a 5-1 lead.
Consecutive doubles by Quincy Latimore and Gonez, plus an RBI single for Schroder in the fifth produced the night's final tallies.
Dominic De Masi (4-2) shut down the Barnstormers for the second time in two weeks. The right-hander allowed four hits and a run in seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
Lancaster's bullpen threw 4 2/3 shutout innings on three hits and three strikeouts after taking over in the fifth inning.
The series concludes on Thursday evening. Buddy Baumann (2-7) will make the start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Tyler Herron (2-5). Fans may tune into Blue Ridge 11 or the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:30.
NOTES: The game started at 8:25 due to a heavy thunderstorm that passed through the area earlier...Lancaster is 13-for-13 in stolen bases since new pickoff rules were put in place by the league...Opponents are 14-for-15...Schroder has four homers and 15 RBI in the season series.
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