A steady summer breeze gusted in from center field Sunday afternoon, and it gave the Lancaster Barnstormers a boost in the midst of their series finale with visiting Southern Maryland.
With Lancaster trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the third, the wind knocked down a K.C. Hobson shot to center field, pulling it away from a pair of Blue Crabs outfielders and scoring Joey Terdoslavich, part of a two-run, two-out rally to tie the game. The Barnstormers took the lead on a Michael Martinez RBI single in the fourth inning before pulling away for a 10-3 victory in front of 3,548 fans at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Barnstormers (22-40) banged out nine hits and scored at least one run in each of their final seven innings at the plate to win the weekend series, finishing their homestand with a 3-4 record.
"Sometimes, all it takes is a couple things to fall your way," said Ross Peeples, Lancaster's manager, "and you get things going, and you get the momentum. That's the key, momentum."
After surrendering three runs over the first three innings Lancaster starter Jared Lakind blanked the Blue Crabs (22-40) over the next three frames, allowing three baserunners. He struck out four and walked three over his six innings of work.
"He was fighting himself a little bit," Peeples said of Lakind (3-2), "and getting frustrated with himself ... But he actually settled in and pitched pretty well over the last three innings."
Meanwhile, with Southern Maryland starting pitcher Tommy Thorpe (0-2) out of the game after four innings, Lancaster tacked on two runs in the fifth on a pair of bases-loaded walks, and two in the sixth on a 2 RBI single from Warwick grad Zach Shank. In the eighth, Caleb Gindl scored from first on an infield single from Hobson (2-for-2, 2 walks, 1 RBI) after the Blue Crabs left home plate uncovered. Greg Golson, who extended his hitting streak to six games, opened the eighth with a double and later scored on a Devon Torrence sacrifice fly.
After Southern Maryland's El'Hajj Muhammad loads the bases with a pair of HBPs, Lancaster's Zach Shank, a Warwick grad, delivers a 2-out, 2-RBI single into left-center. Barnstormers lead 8-3 BOT 6. pic.twitter.com/DCSNsaCODL— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) June 30, 2019
Meanwhile, Lancaster's Garrett Granitz, Scott Shuman and Cody Eppley pitched scoreless innings in relief.
The Barnstormers open the final week of the first half with a series at High Point scheduled to begin Monday at 6:30 p.m.
"It's great to take the series," Peeples said, "for sure. Hopefully we can keep it going down in High Point. We can go out there and play with that same energy, swag, whatever you want to call it. We've got to do that for nine innings."