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Barnstormers Stops Road Warriors 7-6 (6/29)
Lance Burkhart slugged a pair of homers, and Matt Knox got the Barnstormers out of a quirky ninth inning as Lancaster held on to defeat the Road Warriors, 7-6, in front of 4,931 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Road Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Brian Whitaker (4-3) on an RBI single by Mike Huggins in the first and a solo homer by Bryan, a former Barnstormer, in the second.
Burkhart hit the first of his two homers, a blast to left, off Matt Scheuing (2-2), another ex-Barnstormer, to open the bottom of the second. Eric Crozier followed with a single to left and scampered to second as the ball bounced past Gonzalez. Steve Van Note also singled, sending Crozier to third, from where he would later score on a wild pitch.
Lancaster led, 7-3, to start the ninth with Charlie Weatherby on for his third inning of relief. Bernie Gonzalez started the inning with a ground single into right field, and Nick Ortiz followed with a single through the hole on the left side. Jason Bryan checked his swing, sending a dribble between the mound and the first base line. Weatherby had the ball elude his glove for an infield single loading the bases.
Bryan Goelz flied to center for the first out of the inning, but pinch hitter Sandy Aracena hit a slow bounder to first which went under Jeremy Todd for an error as two runs scored. Matt Knox was brought into the game to face Sheldon Fulse. With the count 3-1 on Fulse, pinch runner Derek Barrows, representing the tying run, left first base early. The Barnstormers were content to allow Bryan to score the third run of the inning as they erased Barrows in a rundown. Knox bounced back to strike out Fulse to nail down the game and earn his fifth save.
The first five batters reached base in the Barnstormers fourth. Quincy Foster led off with a double to left, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, a Lancaster season high. Travis Hake drove Foster home with a single to left center and went to third as Fulse committed a two-base error. Reggie Taylor walked. Jutt Hileman smashed a single off the glove of second baseman Jackson Carrion to knock in Hake. Todd drove home two more with a double inside the first base bag.
Burkhart produced the final Lancaster run of the night with a tremendous homer to dead center field, his fourth long ball in three games played, in the sixth. The Barnstormers would load the bases on walks later in the inning, but left them full for the third time in the game. Lancaster stranded a total of 14 runners.
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