Ex-CCU star La Stella helps Hillcats blast past Pelicans

Former Coastal Carolina standout Tommy LaStella helped the Lynchburg Hillcats explode for seven runs in the third inning to blast their way past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The Pelicans missed an opportunity to pull within three games of first place , falling 8-1 to the Hillcats in front of 2,398 fans at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Lynchburg did all of its damage quickly in the third inning.  The Hillcats sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning against Wilmer Font and reliever Kyle DeVore.  Font lasted only 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs, all earned.  The righty took the loss.

The Hillcats’ third inning began innocently enough with a strikeout of Chad Comer.  Emerson Landoni followed that up with a single and another single by Mycal Jones.  Nick Ahmed then plated the game’s first runs with a double to the corner in left for a 2-0 advantage.

La Stella did Ahmed one better with a run scoring triple to make it 3-0.  Four batters, a single, walk, run and strikeout later, Matt Weaver launched his fourth homer of the season to left.  It was a three run blast and the third homer of the series for Lynchburg.  The shot made it 7-0.

Lynchburg scored again in the seventh on an RBI single from Edward Salcedo.  The Hillcats third baseman finished with three singles.

On the mound the Pelicans got fantastic relief from DeVore.  The righty came in and kept the Pelicans in the game, firing four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking only one and K’ing two.  The outing was a career long for DeVore.

The Pelicans did get one run, with Brett Nicholas doubling to lead off the seventh inning.  Santiago Chirino advanced Nicholas to third with an infield single.  Jake Skole then hit a sac fly to bring Nicholas home.

Myrtle Beach will try to win the four game series again Thursday.  It’s Thirsty Thursday, with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts from 6-8pm.  Cody Buckel throws for Myrtle Beach against JR Graham in a battle of two of the top arms in the Carolina League.

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