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Sports Smash Aviator Pitching, 17-5

May 31, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

Last week in south Texas the Coastal Bend Aviators routed Shreveport 14-3. Thursday the Sports paid them back with interest. Entering tonight's game hitting just .210 against Coastal Bend pitching, they scored 6 in the fourth and 11 runs total in the middle three innings on their way to a 17-5 drubbing of Coastal Bend. With the victory they improve to 12-6, winning 2 of the 3 games in the series versus the Aviators.

After going down 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Aviators responded with 3 runs in the top of the fourth on 3 hits and a Shreveport error. But the Sports roared back with 6 in their half of the fourth and sent Aviators starter Bryan Heaston to another early exit. Heaston, who has struggled all season, went just 3.1 innings, giving up 8 earned runs on 7 hits, 4 walks and 2 wild pitches. He suffered his fourth loss to drop to 0-4. Reliever Miguel Martinez didn't fare much better, walking the bases loaded in a fifth inning that saw Shreveport score 3 runs on just 1 hit.

Shreveport starter TJ Hendricks did allow 5 runs in 5.2 innings, but got the win to improve to 1-2. The Aviators tallied 13 hits, but Shreveport's offensive attack was just too much as 7 of 9 starters had 2 or more hits. First baseman Justin Humphries went 4 for 6 with a double and 6 RBI.

With the loss, Coastal Bend falls to 7-12. The Aviators return home late tonight to play a doubleheader against the Saint Paul Saints who make their only visit of the year to Fairgrounds Field this weekend. Game time is 6:05pm and the action can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM.

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