Jared Reyes delivered an opposite-field walk-off double to score Nick Shenkman from second to give the Cardinals a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over
Boosted by four strong innings from left-handed pitcher Shane Hoodman (seven strikeouts), the Pirates built a 4-0 lead, but the Cardinals rallied with four runs in the fifth. Sean Yackley's RBI double plated the Cardinals' first run and Eric Church, with runners on second and third, followed with a single to left. Church never stopped running and circled the bases after a pair of throwing errors to tie the score.
The Cardinals' Angel Zamora coaxed a lead-off walk in the bottom of the sixth. After Shenkman hit into a force play, Reyes ended the game with a two-out line drive that landed narrowly inside the right-field foul line.
Zach Pratte (two-run single), Craig Freeze (RBI single) and Noah Madole (RBI single) had key hits for the Pirates. Mason Lucero added a double and lead-off hitter Connor McKelvey went two for three for the Pirates.
Paul Wagner lined a pair of hits for the Cardinals (9-6). Left-handed pitcher Jimmy Campbell worked the final two innings to pick up the victory.
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Minor A Division
Hot Rods 16, Express 5: Quentin Custodio and AJ Hurtado both hit home runs for the Hot Rods who handed the Express its first loss.
The Hot Rods raised their record to 7-2 and moved within one-half game of the league-leading Express (7-1-1).
Hurtado's and Custodio's home runs, their seventh and fourth on the year, respectively, led a 16-hit attack by the Hot Rods. Hurtado belted three doubles in addition to his homer and Custodio had a double and a single to go with his round tripper. Hurtado led the Hot Rods in runs, scoring five times.
Gavin Kells, Myles Lopez and Wyatt Smith each collected two hits for the hot hitting Hot Rods, and Carson Jones, Van Harmon and Carson Webb each chipped in with a hit.
The Hot Rod pitching also was running on all cylinders for most of the game. Hurtado pitched five scoreless innings, striking out 11 while giving up only two hits.
Matt Hernandez led the Express with two doubles and Dylan Simonds, Lucas Flynn and Nico Hagadorn each had a hit. Simonds, Flynn, Hagadorn and Steven Venetantis scored runs.
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Bats 16, Hot Rods 8: The Bats came up with 15 hits to knock off the Hot Rods.
Ethan Choi led the Bats' hit parade with three hits. Evan Knipe, Jack Sles, Jake Reagan and Adam Bird each added a pair of hits. Kai Mullens, Jason Flory, Kai Almeda and Brendan Clark each had a hit, and Mullens, Knipe and Choi each scored twice.
Gavin Kells led the Hot Rods with two hits including a double. Quentin Custodio, Carson Jones (double) and Wyatt Smith each contributed a hit for the Hot Rods.