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April 30

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Lancaster Takes First Series from Warriors 4-2 (4/30)

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Jason Bowers pounded a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, boosting the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 4-2 victory and the completion of a three-game sweep of the visiting Road Warriors Sunday afternoon at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

With a crowd of 4,285 for the matinee, the Barnstormers drew 17,962 over the opening weekend series.

Bowers connected off Kyle Goldwater (0-1) for a line drive homer down the left field line, his first of the season. It came following a Quincy Foster single restarted an inning that had been derailed by a double play. The home run proved to be the final offense of the afternoon.

Each club produced a pair of runs in the second inning. Former Barnstormer Jason Bryan drilled a single to right center off Scott Sobkowiak (1-0), and one out later, Bernie Gonzalez banged a base hit to left. Sandy Aracena walked to load the bases. Jackson Carrion knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly, and Sheldon Fulse produced another with a double down the left field line before Sobkowiak retired Teuris Olivares on a grounder to second base.

Lancaster answered immediately. Jose Ortiz walked to lead off the bottom of the second and moved to third on a ground rule double by Alex Hernandez. Steve Van Note also walked loading the bases. Chris Van Rossum proceeded to drill a liner off the vinyl signs in right. Bryan, who patrolled right field at Clipper Magazine Stadium, played the carom perfectly and found Barnstormers stacked around the infield. However, his throw back to the infield was juggled by the second baseman Olivares, allowing Hernandez to score the tying run. Still, Van Note and Van Rossum were in a traffic tieup, and after several throws, the Road Warriors were able to tag out Van Rossum, keeping the score at 2-2.

The Road Warriors put at least one runner on base in every inning, but Sobkowiak and four relievers kept sneaking out of the trouble. Rob Henkel replaced Sobkowiak in the sixth, then gave way to Charlie Weatherby, who struck out Bryan for the final out in the seventh. Steve Hassett pinned the tying runs on base in the eighth, retiring Fulse on a grounder to second. The ball was handed to Scott Patterson in the ninth. Lancasterís closer survived a one-out single by Mike Huggins, notching two strikeouts en route to his second save in less than 24 hours.


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