Legends Fall on Double Play that Wasn't
The Lexington Legends appeared to turn a double play in the top of the tenth inning to escape a one-on, two-out jam, but infield umpire Stu Scheurwater ruled both runners safe to extend the inning. Albert Laboy hit a ground ball to short. Cat Everett flipped the ball to second baseman Bryan Brown who then relayed the ball to first. Scheurwater ruled that Brown missed the base on the force at second and had no call on the relay to first as his back was to the play. Greg Picart then lined a single to right field, scoring both runners and giving Hickory a two-run lead. Hickory wasted no time jumping out to an early lead against Carlos Ladeuth and the Legends. Keanon Simon homered to lead off the game. One out later, Matt Hague was hit by a pitch and moved to second when Erik Huber reached on a fielding error from Steve Brown. Tom Hagan then drove the second run of the inning home with a single to right field. Hague had moved to third on Hagan's singled and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Albert Laboy.
Laboy extended the Hickory lead to four runs in the third inning on his fifth home run of the season.
The Legends overcame their early deficit with four runs in the bottom half of the third inning to tie the game. Steve Brown walked and Julian Henson reached on a throwing error from Duke Welker. Bryan Brown moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and the first run came home when Craig Corrado reached base on a throwing error from shortstop Silvio Pena. Eric Taylor singled and moved to second on the throw from Laboy. Brian Pellegrini then drove his sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh runs of the season with a single to left.
Lexington took the lead one inning later with a single run in the fourth. Brandon Barnes doubled to lead off the inning. Lexington failed in two chances to bring Barnes home, but Bryan Brown got the job done with a two-out single to center field.
Hickory struck next in the back-and-forth game with a single run in the seventh inning to tie the game. Simon singled with one out for the Crawdads and advanced on Matt Hauge's single. Lexington right fielder Brandon Barnes made a sliding attempt to cut the ball off but ended up knocking the ball farther into center field. Simon was able to score the tying run on the misplay, and Hauge advanced to second.
Reid Kelly took the loss for Lexington, and the win went to Victor Igsema. Serguey Linares pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
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