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'Wings steal one from Aces

June 19, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Alexandria Aces News Release

Harlingen, Texas - June 19, 2008 - It looked like the Alexandria Aces might sweep their first opponent of the year in the Harlingen WhiteWings Thursday at Harlingen Field. But after the Aces scored four runs in the top of the ninth, the ‘Wings came back with two of their own in the bottom half to win 8-7. Brian Daly, the Harlingen reliever that blew the ‘Wings' lead in the first game of this series, had the same fate Thursday. Bryan Sabatella led off the inning with an infield single. Luis Guance followed with a groundball to second that Sabatella beat the throw to second base. Selwyn Langaigne hit an RBI single to knock Daly out of the game and pull the Aces within two. Chris Street came in to pitch to Palmer Karr Jr., who then hit a two-run, game-tying double to right-center. After Madison Edwards sacrificed Karr to third and Blake Butler struck out, Jose Umbria reached and drove home Karr when a throwing error by Harlingen third baseman Ryan Fox allowed the go-ahead run to score and give the Aces a 7-6 lead. Wayne Hedden took the mound for the Aces to close out the game in his first relief appearance of the year. With one out, Fox walked to put the tying run on base. Argelis Nunez then hit a groundball to defensive replacement Tyler Farrar at third who threw it to Homy Ovalles, who dropped the ball allowing both runners to reach base safely. Then, David Fowler doubled to score Fox to tie the game 7-7 and put runners on second and third. Terry Roblez ended the game with a sacrifice fly to right with Nunez scoring the winning run. The Aces drew first blood in the second when Eddie Fitzpatrick hit an RBI single to left scoring Blake Butler and giving the Aces a 1-0 lead. The ‘Wings came back in the bottom of the second with three runs of their own. With two outs, Harlingen put together a string of five straight hits. David Cardona and Candelario Perez each hit singles to put runners on first and second. Then, Bub Bergstrom hit a two-run triple to left to score both Cardona and Perez. The WhiteWings ended their scoring in the second when Kevin Griffin drove home Bergstrom with a single giving Harlingen a 3-1 lead. Luis Guance hit his seventh homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth. Aces starter Ramon Portillo got out of a jam in the fifth when the ‘Wings threatened to extend a one-run lead. Brian Nichols singled and Ryan Fox doubled off the third-base bag to put runners on second and third with no outs. Homy Ovalles then robbed Argelis Nunez of a hit and a few runs with a diving stop. Ovalles then threw the ball home to get Nichols out in a rundown. Runners were at second and third when Portillo struck out David Fowler and Terry Roblez to end the inning without giving up a run. The Aces tied the game up in the top of the sixth 3-3 with an RBI single by Guance. Harlingen took a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth. A two-run double by Griffin and an RBI double by Fox gave the ‘Wings a 6-3 lead. The Aces will travel to Edinburg to take on the Coyotes for a three-game series starting Friday. Game time is 7:05 PM

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