Hillcats squeeze (play) past Pelicans in extra innings

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped just their fourth extra inning game (of 13) this season, 6-5, in eleven to the Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium.

Tied at five in the bottom of the eleventh, Lynchburg got a one out double from the nine spot hitter Matt Weaver.  He made it to third on an infield single by former Pelican Mycal Jones.  Shortstop Nick Ahmed then came to the plate and bunted home Weaver for the win.  The play was ruled a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice after first baseman Brett Nicholas came home with the ball but not in time to get the out.

Myrtle Beach had once led the game 4-1 in the fourth inning.  The Pelicans opened things up with a three run fourth against starter Dimasther Delgado.  Myrtle Beach sent seven to the plate beginning with a Hanser

Alberto double.  Brett Nicholas then singled and two batters later Jeremy Williams drove in a run.  Chris Grayson then reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second.  The steal allowed Nicholas to break for the dish.

The Pelicans first baseman stole home.  Eddy Garcia finished the rally with an RBI double.

Lynchburg fought back, scoring four unanswered for the lead in the eighth.  The first run came on a wild pitch in the fourth with two more on a botched double play in the sixth.  Lynchburg went in front with an RBI single from former Pelican Adam Milligan in the eighth.

Needing to rally to force extra innings in the ninth, the Pelicans pushed across one.  Josh Richmond doubled with one out and scored two batters later on a single by Teodoro Martinez.

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