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Hillcats Win, Sox Lose


From the Hillcats:


Frederick, MD- The first run of the game belonged to the Frederick Keys, but the final eight all crossed in favor of the Hillcats this afternoon as the 'Cats won their first day game of the season 8-1. Lynchburg's pitching was outstanding striking out 12, while holding the Keys scoreless after the first inning.

Carolina League batting leader Glynn Davis led off the bottom of the first inning with a single. Brendan followed with another single that sent Davis to third base. Davis then scored as the throw from right fielder Will Skinner rolled threw the infield untouched. The Keys led 1-0.

Lynchburg tied the score in the third inning. Tyler Tewell doubled and eventually scored on a ground ball double play hit into by Levi Hyams. The 'Cats added two more runs in the fourth inning of reliever Mark Blackmar. The first three batter of the frame reached without a hit. It was Blackmar's first inning of and he sandwiched a hit batter between a pair of walks to start. Tewell came up with the bases loaded and hit a ground ball to shortstop. An out was recorded at second base as Kevin Ahrens scored from third base. Then as the Keys tried to turn the double play the throw got away from the first baseman, and Skinner scored as well. The Hilcats led 3-1.

Blackmar surrendered another run in the sixth inning, and stayed in the ball game to pitch the seventh. The 'Cats broke the game open with one out in the seventh as six straight batters reached base. Blackmar was relieved after allowing three singles and hitting a batter. All four of those runners would come in to score. Skinner contributed a two-run ground rule double, and Edison Sanchez singled home a run. The 'Cats led 8-1.

Jarett Mille tossed four innings for the Hillcats, allowing just one run on four hits, but didn't factor into the decision as he didn't finish five innings. New arrival Alex Wilson entered to pitch the fifth and tossed two scoreless innings. Next up was Matt Chaffee, who struck out the side in the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth. Nate Hyatt finished the game allowing one hit in a blank ninth frame.

Wilson (1-0) earned the win in his Hillcats debut. The loss went to Blackmar (0-1) who allowed seven runs, six earned, in 3.1 innings.

The Hillcats and Keys continue their series tomorrow at 2pm. Starting for Lynchburg will be right-hander Andrew Wasak (0-0) against righty Branden Kline (1-1).




From the Red Sox:

Salem, VA (April 12, 2014) - Sam Wolff and Cody Ege faced just four batters over the minimum and the Myrtle Beach offense provided single tallies in three separate innings to lead the Pelicans to a 3-0 blanking of the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night at LewisGale Field.

Wolff (W, 1-1) dominated the Sox for the second time in six days, but this time came out on the right end of the draw. The righthander was perfect against Salem through four innings on Sunday and on Saturday night, limited the Sox to just two hits over 6.1 dominant frames. Wolff faced the minimum through the first three innings, using two double play balls to work around a walk and a single. He ended up striking out three and walking three in his outing before giving way to Ege, who forced a double play ball off the bat of Matt Gedman to finish out the seventh inning.

Ege (S, 1) worked around a one-out error in the eighth and a two-out hit batter in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Salem did not get a base runner in scoring position until Carson Blair moved to second on a throwing error with two outs in the last of the ninth.

On the flip side, Corey Littrell (L, 0-1) was superb for Salem after a couple early blips. The Pelicans got to the lefty in the first with three-straight two-out singles, culminating in a Joey Gallo RBI base knock scoring Nick Williams. An inning later, Littrell walked Preston Beck to lead off the inning and he came around to score on a RBI single from Odubel Herrera to make it 2-0 Myrtle Beach.

Littrell retired 13 of the final 15 he faced, though, including seven strikeouts. Kyle Martin ceded an unearned run in the seventh, the only mark against him in three strong innings of relief.

Salem will now look to snap out of its first losing skid of 2014 on Sunday afternoon. Brian Johnson (1-0, 5.29) will get the ball for the Red Sox against the Pelicans' Luis Parra (1-0, 3.86). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05.

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