Lynchburg - Lynchburg's 5-game winning streak to open the season came to a stunning halt Thursday night against Salem as the Hillcats lost a 5-run lead in the final two innings and then fell to the Red Sox in 10 innings 10-8.
A 6-and-0 start for Lynchburg looked to be in order. Evan Gattis belts a two-run homer for the Hillcats in the fifth to increase the lead to 6-3, Gattis also doubled, he had four rbi on the night. Lynchburg added two more in the seventh to run its lead to 8-3, Nick Ahmed stole second and third. Chris Garcia stroked an rbi double to center, the Hillcats were cruising with an 8-3 lead after seven, they still led 8-4 entering the ninth.
But Shannon Wilkerson led off the ninth with a solo homer and that was just the beginning. Down to their last STRIKE and trailing 8-6, Brandon Jacobs unloads a two-run homer to tie the game at 8 as Salem forced extra innings.
The Sox kept the momentum going in the 10th, scoring two more.
Six runs the final two innings, Salem 20 hits for the game.
Salem wins in 10 to hand Lynchburg its first loss, the Red Sox improve to 2-and-4. Salem plays its home opener Friday night while Lynchburg hits the road for the first time this season, playing three at Potomac and three at Salem.
Shannon Wilkerson, who went 3-for-5 and homered in the ninth to get the Salem rally started, said "I mean this was unbelievable. I mean we know we're capable of stuff like this, we know we are. I mean we've got a really good group of guys, I'll just reiterate this. We focus on staying within ourselves at the plate. You know we try to do too much sometimes, try to be the hero too much."