Two ace pitchers took the mound Saturday morning for game two of the double header. Mike Roberts took the mound for the Manatees and Joey Pinney started for the Hurricanes.
The Manatees didn't waste any time tacking on a run in the top of the first. Conrad Cornell led off the game with a walk. Anthony Snover followed with a sac bunt, movingCornell into scoring position with one out. After Cornell stole third, Grey Klosinski hit a shot up the middle, picking up the RBI and putting the Manatees on top in the first inning, 1-0.
After the Hurricanes were silenced in the bottom half of the inning by the dominant pitching of Roberts, the Manatees added to their lead in the top of the second. Tyler Biggs led off the second inning with a single to left field. On the very next pitch he stole second but his aggressiveness would get the best of him when he was thrown out trying to steal 3rd. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Manatees. After a ground out to the pitcher, Jake Altman drew a bases loaded walk, giving the Manatees at 2-0 lead.
Action picked back up in the top of the fourth when Roberts doubled to left field with two outs, and reached third on an errant throw. Bowman reached second base on another throwing error, which scored Roberts, making the score 3-0.
In the top of the fifth inning, it was all Manatees. Becker reached second on a throwing error to lead off the inning. The sloppy play continued after astrikeout, walk, and a fly out for the second out of the inning. Snover reached on a throwing error to load the base. Klosinski continued to swing a hot bat, driving in Becker and Cunningham with a single up the middle and picking up two more RBI. The Manatees weren't finished. Ketchum Marsh hit a base clearing triple, scoring Snover and Klosinski.
The Hurricanes continued to struggle at the plate, going into the seventh inning without a run on the board. The Manatees still looked strong in the top half of the seventh though, tacking on one more run. Cornell led off the inning with a walk and Klosinski followed up with a doubled over the center fielder's head. Marsh walked, and the Manatees scored their eighth run when Biggs hit into a fielder's choice to score Cornell from third.
Roberts continued to pitch a gem into the seventh allowing only one unearned run in the bottom half of the inning. He would finish out the game, picking up the win for Manatees.
Manatees 8 8 1
Hurricanes 1 5 5
WP- Mike Roberts- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 SO
Top Performer- Grey Klosinski- 3-4, 1 R, 2B, 3 RBI
Hurricanes 3 7 3
Manatees 2 3 4
WP - Jacob McGowan - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB
Top Performer - Landon Sklar - 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, SB, Walk-off double
In other League Action:
Lightning 5 8 0
SeaDogs 0 2 0
WP- Austin Bell- 4 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB
Top Performer-Trevor Schott- 1-2, 2 RBI
SV-Parker Manahan- 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
SeaDogs 3 3 0
Lightning 1 2 2
WP- Mataj Sucha- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
SV- Alex Rominski- 1 IP, 0 ER
Top Performer- Eddie Herbst- 1-2, 2B, SB
Marauders 10 10 1
Conquistadors 7 12 0
WP-PJ Nastasi- 6 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
SV-Kole Eaves- 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER
Top Performer-PJ Nastasi- 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Conquistadors 6 7 0
Marauders 5 9 7
WP - Dexter Zimet - 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER
Top Performer - Clay Coleman - 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI
Conquistadors (8-5-1, 1 Â½ games back)
Hurricanes (8-5-2, 11/2 games back)
SeaDogs (8-7, 2 Â½ games back)
Manatees (6-8-1, 4 games back)
Lightning (2-13, 8 Â½ games back)