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June 28

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Barnstormers Take Two from Warriors 4-0, 6-5 (6/28)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 

Andy Zwirchitz and Charlie Weatherby combined on a two-hit shutout as Lancaster captured the opener, 4-0. Jutt Hileman starred in the nightcap, singling home the tying run in the second and the winning run in the fourth as the Barnstormers nipped the Road Warriors, 6-5, to complete the sweep.

In the opener, Zwirchitz (5-4) and Chris Eickhorst (0-8) locked horns in a pitchers duel. Eickhorst cracked in the second when he walked Jeremy Todd leading off, and Hileman eventually pushed him across with a broken bat single to left.

Lancaster would ice the game in the sixth. Eickhorst departed with Todd at second and two outs. Reliever Chris Steinborn, making his Atlantic League debut, walked Eric Crozier and yielded a three-run homer to Lance Burkhart as the Barnstormers provided their pitching staff with a cushion.

The biggest test for the Barnstormers right-hander came in the third inning when Bryan Goelz led off with a single, and Zwirchitz bobbled a bunt by Sheldon Fulse putting runners at first and second with nobody out. Teuris Olivares advanced both runners with a sacrifice. Mike Huggins stroked a soft liner to shortstop for the second out before Manny Mejia walked to load the bases. Bernie Gonzalez was retired on a deep fly ball to end the inning.

Charlie Weatherby took over in the sixth with Gonzalez at first and one out. He got Nick Ortiz to smash into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Weatherby threw a 1-2-3 seventh to earn his third save.

In the nightcap, Taylor walked with one out in the fourth, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Todd walked, and Hileman grounded a single to left off Kyle Goldwater (4-3) for the 6-5 lead.

Olivares put the Road Warriors ahead initially with a homer to right center in the first, and Goelz added a two-run blast in the second for a 4-3 edge. Doubles by Olivares and Huggins gave the visitors a 5-3 lead in that second inning, but Lancaster countered with four consecutive two-out singles in the bottom of the inning to forge the 5-5 tie.

Oscar Henriquez, the third of five pitchers utilized by the Barnstormers picked up the second game victory. Rob Henkel got Henriquez out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, getting Goelz on a two-out comebacker. Matt Knox was needed to get the final four outs for his fourth save.


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