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Wood Bat League Saturday Game Recaps: Conquistadors Erase 7-0 Lead to Defeat Manatees

The baseball phrase "let's play two" came to mind as the Wood Bat League officially kicked off with each team playing a doubleheader on Saturday. After a week of practice, every team came out ready for action in a weekend that featured 4 one-run games as well as great individual performances. In our Game of the Day, theConquistadorserased an early seven-run deficit to defeat Manatees 9-8:

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Conquistadors Erase 7-0 Lead to Defeat Manatees

This 20-hit affair began with the Manatees jumping out to a quick 5-run lead thanks to timely hits from Ryan Banks, Peter Finegan, and Christian Fajardo. All of the Manatees first five hitters crossed the plate as the Manatees batted around the order in the first inning. After a quick bottom of the first inning, the Manatees would go on to score two more in the top of the second inning with Colby Bessette and John Davis crossing the plate.

Enter Marshall Hayden and Dan Kennon, these two Conquistadors relievers would go on to shut down the quick-spark Manatee offense, holding them to 1 run in the remaining 5.2 innings. This gave the Conquistadors the opportunity to hit their way back into the game and that's just what they did scoring 5 runs in the 4th inning due in large part to singles from Brennan Bennett, Zach Hess and Mitchell Gallagher. The Conquistadors would score one more in the 6th inning before entering the 7th down by a score of 8-6.

Down but not out in the 7th, the first twoConquistadorhitters in Gallagher and Andrew Itzcowich reached base to set the table for the thrilling comeback. After an RBI groundout from Garret Schultz and a walk to Daniel Contreras, Peyton Thomas stepped up to the plate with 2 runners on and his team trailing 8-7. After getting ahead in the count, Thomas took the 3-1 pitch and drove it to right field for the two-RBI walk-off single to give the Conquistadors the 9-8 victory.

Manatees 8 10 2

Conquistadors 9 10 3

WP-Dan Kennon- 3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 SO

Top Performer-Peyton Thomas- 3-4, 2 RBI

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Around the League

Conquistadors 5 6 2

Manatees 6 9 6

WP-Josh Gurka- 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 SO

Top Performer-Sam Yang 2-3, #B, 2 R, 2 RBI

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Marauders 10 2 0

SeaDogs 2 1 0

WP-Logan Allen- 2 IP, 0 H, 4 BB, 5 SO

Top Performer-Marauders Pitching Staff- (combined) 5 IP, 1 H, 8 BB, 9 SO

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SeaDogs 6 8 0

Marauders 7 6 2

WP-Sam Chandler 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER

Top Performer-Christian Bloesl- 1-3, 3 RBI, walk-off 3B

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Lightning 2 5 3

Hurricanes 3 6 0

WP-Ben Suslavich- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO

Top Performer-Edward Marte Genao- 1-2, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

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Hurricanes 7 9 0

Lightning 11 9 0

WP-John Lamb- 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 SO

Top Performer-Christopher Reyes- 1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI,

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