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Shorebirds pounce on Hillcats' early miscues to win Thursday's doubleheader opener

Shorebirds pounce on Hillcats' early miscues to win Thursday's doubleheader opener

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The resumption of Lynchburg’s suspended game with Delmarva was delayed two hours Thursday.

That didn’t stop the Shorebirds from piling on the runs when the teams finally took the field.

Delmarva scored three times in the sixth inning and added four more runs in the eighth to cruise to an 8-2 victory over the Hillcats in the resumption of Wednesday’s matchup that was suspended after two scoreless innings.

The second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, a seven-inning contest, was scheduled to start around 10:15 p.m. However, that game’s start was delayed because of inclement weather.

The Shorebirds (22-9) scored their first three runs off the Hillcats’ three errors — a fielding error in the fourth for one run and two miscues in the sixth for two more runs — and took a 4-0 lead on Mason Jarvin’s RBI single to cap a three-run sixth.

Yainer Diaz provided the lone highlight for the Hillcats (16-15) with a sixth-inning double that scored Yordys Valdes and Gabriel Rodriguez (2 for 4) to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Delmarva seized full control in the eighth.

Darell Hernaiz’s sacrifice fly scored Jordan Cannon to extend the lead to 5-2.

Hudson Haskin delivered a two-run double to left and Gunnar Henderson followed with an RBI triple to put the Shorebirds ahead 8-2.

All four eighth-inning runs came against Cade Smith, who was lifted after allowing one hit (Haskin’s double) and three walks while only recording two outs.

Daritzon Feliz recorded the final four outs, but also surrendered Henderson’s triple to allow the inherited runner to score.

Delmarva used three pitchers to complete the four-hitter.

Delmarva’s starter from Wednesday’s first two innings, Zach Peek, allowed two hits and struck out four in a scoreless appearance. The Jefferson Forest High product has not allowed a run in two straight outings spanning 5 2/3 innings.

Houston Roth (1-1) picked up the victory by allowing two earned runs on two hits, walking two and striking out four in five innings.

Miguel Vinicio (3-1) allowed the fourth-inning unearned run and was credited with the loss. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings.


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