Hillcats sweep Five County twin bill
Posted August 22, 2013
Zebulon, N.C. — The Lynchburg Hillcats took a pair from the Carolina Mudcats on a rainy Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The Hillcats (29-28, 65-61) took game one 5-3 before rallying for a 5-4 decision in the nightcap. The Mudcats (29-29, 51-77) have lost nine of 11 and five straight.
Kyle Kubitza launched a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the seventh to propel the Hillcats to a 5-4 win in game two. Lynchburg scored four runs over the final two frames to spoil a terrific debut for Ryan Merritt. The left-hander allowed a run on two hits over 5.0 innings with four strikeouts.
Robert Fish (2-2) earned the win with a scoreless sixth inning in relief. Benny Suarez (0-1) suffered his second blown save and the loss after surrendering the home run. Chasen Shreve recorded the final out for his second save.
Logan Vick put Carolina out front with his first homer with the Mudcats, a two-run blast off the top of the line scoreboard beyond right field in the third. Joey Wendle followed his second round-tripper of the evening for a 3-0 lead.
Williams Perez (6-1) took home the win in game one despite allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. Shawn Morimando (8-12) allowed a season-high nine hits and five runs in the loss. John Cornely recorded his ninth save with a 1-2-3 seventh.
Lynchburg rallied from an early 2-0 hole to win the opening matchup. Wendle belted a moon shot over and out to right field off Perez to score Jordan Smith for a 2-0 lead.
Levi Hyams got the Hillcats on the board with a run-producing double in the second. Things fell apart for Morimando in the third. Lynchburg produced four straight hits on doubles by David Rohm and Elmer Reyes and singles from Josh Elander and Trent Moses for a 4-2 lead. With two out, Cory Brownsten singled to score Reyes for a 5-2 lead.
Jordan Smith got Carolina closer in the fifth with a two-out single that brought home Todd Hankins from second.
Carolina continues their series with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. It is the final Thirsty Thursday presented by Natty Greene’s Brewing Company for 2013.