Hillcats hammer hat trick of homers to handle Pelicans

pel-conwayFor the second consecutive game, home runs sank the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as the Lynchburg Hillcats powered their way to a 7-3 win at Calvin Falwell Field on Thursday night. Lynchburg hit a season-high five homers in their win on Wednesday before launching three more in the first four innings on Thursday.

The Hillcats (46-52, 13-15 second half) tallied first thanks to third baseman Paul Hendrix, who hit his fifth home run of the year over the left field wall to give Lynchburg  a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

In response, the Pelicans (56-41, 15-13 second half) loaded the bases in the top of the third inning and forced in the tying run by way of a walk to Mark Zagunis. The next batter, Cael Brockmeyer, gave the Birds a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly out in foul territory. It was the Birds’ first lead in the series.

However Lynchburg used the home run ball again in the fourth inning to reclaim the lead. A walk and a hit batsman brought Dorssys Paulino to the plate where the 20-year-old left fielder launched his second home run of the year – and his second in as many games – over the left field wall for a 4-2 Hillcats advantage. The next pitch to catcher Eric Haase also left the ballpark, sailing over the left-field wall and extending Lynchburg’s lead to 5-2.

Paulino continued to pace the Hillcats’ offense with a two-run double in the fifth inning. Pitching with a 7-2 deficit, Pelicans starter Daury Torrez (7-6) ended the inning with a strikeout, but his night was finished after that. The right-hander took the loss after surrendering a total of seven runs, all earned, on eight hits. He struck out five and walked only one batter.

Right-hander Josh Conway relieved Torrez in the sixth inning and walked the bases loaded, but he struck out Nellie Rodriguez, the league-leader in home runs, to end the frame. Conway, the former standout at Coastal Carolina University, struck out five batters in his two innings on the mound.

In the seventh, Jordan Hankins led off with a single to right field, and two batters later, Chesny Young plunked a double down the right-field line to move Hankins to third base. Kevin Brown then capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field that cut the Hillcats’ lead to 7-3.

Lynchburg starter Luis Lugo (6-9) was the winner on the mound, allowing a pair of earned runs on four base hits across his 5 2/3 innings of work.

Young, who broke the Carolina League consecutive on-base record last Sunday, extended that streak to 42 games with his third-inning single to center field on Thursday. That hit also stretched his current hit-streak to 12 games, and with a bunt single in the fifth, he collected his 29th multi-hit game with the Pelicans this season. The hit streak is tied for the longest by a Pelicans hitter this year and is the longest of Young’s career. It’s also longest active hit-streak in the Carolina League. Zagunis also had a 12-game hit-streak from May 8‒22.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

Comments

comments

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for club

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for clubIf things had worked out differently, Myrtle Beach High senior [more]

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of Omaha

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of OmahaThe University of South Carolina baseball team saw its season [more]

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star team

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star teamMyrtle Beach catcher Jhonny Pereda, right-hander Tyler Peyton and infielder [more]

Johnson wins at St. Jude, recaptures No. 1 ranking

Johnson wins at St. Jude, recaptures No. 1 rankingFormer Coastal Carolina two-time All-American and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin [more]

Gamecocks slam their way into final game with Hogs

Gamecocks slam their way into final game with HogsThe South Carolina baseball team scored five runs in the [more]

Pelicans win ninth straight, make late run at first place

Pelicans win ninth straight, make late run at first placeThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans racked up their ninth straight win [more]

All-County Girls Soccer: Gordon nets record, POY

All-County Girls Soccer: Gordon nets record, POYBlair Mueller remembers her first day on the job as [more]

Pelicans hammer their way to eighth straight victory

Pelicans hammer their way to eighth straight victoryKevonte Mitchell lashed three extra-base hits and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Gamecocks drop opener, face elimination Sunday

Gamecocks drop opener, face elimination SundayArkansas scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh [more]

Pelicans extend win streak to seven in walk-off thriller

Pelicans extend win streak to seven in walk-off thrillerAramis Ademan tied the game with a three-run home run [more]

All-County Boys Soccer: Matlashewski tops team

All-County Boys Soccer: Matlashewski tops teamGrand Strand Sports Report and Waccamaw Publishers are teaming up [more]

CCU outfielder Chavers on Freshman All-American list

CCU outfielder Chavers on Freshman All-American listCoastal Carolina centerfielder Parker Chavers was named Freshman All-American by [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach