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Sports slip past Aviators 2-1 in 10 innings

June 13, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – Derek Henderson’s double with one out in the 10th inning plated Keto Anderson with the game-winner as Shreveport shaded Coastal Bend 2-1 in front of 2,887 fans Saturday night at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, Texas…the Sports winning their third straight and sending the Aviators to their 11th loss in the last 13 games.

Starters Jonathan Guzman of Coastal Bend and Shreveport’s Ian Doiron set the tone early by locking up in an entertaining pitcher’s duel. The Aviators broke out on top with what turned out to their only run in the bottom of the 3rd when Auntwan Riggins led off with a bunt single, went to second on a Marcus Knight sacrifice bunt and came home on Lou Ferrell’s line single to center. It stayed that way until the 6th when Jorge Alvarez tied it up by sending a Guzman offering over the left field wall…the solo homer tying the game at one apiece.

Both teams had opportunities to push across the go-ahead run in regulation – Shreveport left the bases loaded in the 6th and in the 7th strung together three straight singles only to have Matt Mann throw out Vernon Spearman at the plate. In the 8th Coastal Bend put runners at first and third with nobody out, but the rally fizzled without a score…then in the 9th Carlos Adolfo reached second with one out but was left stranded in scoring position. The Sports finally went ahead in the 10th – Anderson led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and following an intentional walk to Alvarez, Henderson roped a 3-2 Andy Davidson pitch down the left field line to drive home Anderson and give the Sports a 2-1 lead. Shreveport closer Carl Makowsky came in to retire the Aviators in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure the victory and give the Sports their fifth win over Coastal Bend in six meetings this year.

Trey Poland (1-0), the second of three pitchers used by Shreveport, got credit for the win with Makowsky picking up his fifth save of the season…Davidson (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Coastal Bend. The Aviators had just five hits on the night with Riggins going 2-for-3; four different Sports (Anderson, Alvarez, Henderson and Chris Hall) had two hits apiece to pace Shreveport’s 11-hit attack. Saturday’s loss dropped Coastal Bend to 16-19 on the year, while the Sports improved their season record to 19-15. The series continues tomorrow with lefthander Lavelle Morgan (1-3) on the mound for the Aviators; the Sports will counter with righty Jason Slanina (1-2).

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