From staff reports
In Wilmington, Delaware, Lynchburg bounced back quickly from a lackluster offensive performance and loss in the early contest to win the second game of the day and salvage a doubleheader split Tuesday at Frawley Stadium.
In a 9-1 victory in the nightcap, the Hillcats used a pair of early four-run innings to put the game out of reach.
Lynchburg (30-32) sent nine batters to the plate and tallied more hits in the first inning than it did the entire first game, turning five singles into a 4-0 lead.
Three consecutive walks, a pair of errors on the same play, a single and a sacrifice fly led to four more runs in the second.
Wilmington (41-23) finally got on the board on Jose Marquez’s single in the fifth to make it 8-1, but that’s as close as the Blue Rocks got.
Lynchburg, which tacked on an insurance run on Gavin Collins’ single in the eighth, tallied 10 hits while holding Wilmington to four.
Connor Smith went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Lynchburg, and Collins was 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
Riley Echols (1-0) earned the win in relief, turning in one hitless, scoreless frame in which he walked one and struck out two.
Daniel Tillo (4-6), the first of four pitchers used by the Blue Rocks in the seven-inning contest, took the loss and was chased after just 1 1/3 innings. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out one.
The Hillcats managed just two hits in a 2-1 loss in Game 1, bookending the contest with singles from Steven Kwan in the first inning and Collins in the seventh.
Lynchburg capitalized on Kwan’s single by scoring their lone run in the inning. Kwan moved to second as Nolan Jones was hit by a pitch and to third as Oscar Gonzalez reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored on a wild pitch from starter Rito Lugo.
The ’Cats tried to rally in the seventh after Collins led off the frame with a single, but he was caught stealing. Wilbis Santiago kept the Hillcats’ hopes alive when he struck out but reached first on Tyler Zuber’s wild pitch. But he, too, was caught stealing.
Wilmington scored a run each in the fourth and sixth innings. Cristian Perez singled in Nick Pratto, who also singled, in the fourth, and the Blue Rocks scored the game-winning run off a Lynchburg error.
Brewer Hicklen (3 for 3) bruised the Hillcats for three hits, while Perez went 2 for 2. The Blue Rocks tallied seven hits, all against Lynchburg starter Matt Solter, who went five innings and allowed one earned run.
He walked one and struck out four.
Dakoty Clemmer (2-1) took the loss after allowing the game-winning run (unearned) in his sixth-inning relief appearance. Clemmer struck out the first batter he faced, but walked the next two and hit a third batter to load the bases before Wilmington took advantage of the error.
Josh Dye (2-0) earned the win following his two-inning, hitless, scoreless relief appearance. Zuber closed out the win by throwing a scoreless seventh and picked up his 11th save.