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Tritons Top Stars In Epic Pitcher's Duel

November 20, 2017 (Federal League Wire Service)

              It would be nearly impossible to imagine a better pitched game than the one that occurred between the Tri-Cities Tritons and Hollywood Stars at Coral Glades on a picture perfect Monday night.
              Calvin Rayburn and the Tritons bested Mario Ledesma and the Hollywood Stars, 1-0.
              Rayburn allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out 20. Ledesma permitted only two hits, walked eight, and fanned 18. The two pitchers combined for 38 strikeouts, shattering the single game record of 33. 
              The game was scoreless until Zac Miller led off the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle, stole second, and then scored on a pair of wild pitches.
              Rayburn then set aside the Stars in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory. 
              Ryan Gordon had all three of the Stars' hits. A first inning single, a long triple to left center in the third, and an eighth inning single. Miller's base hit and a bunt single by Rayburn in the sixth were the only hits that Ledesma surrendered.
              The Stars threatened in the second as the first two batters got aboard. Julio Hernandez led off and was hit by a pitch, and Frank Cruz drew a walk, but Rayburn bounced back to strike out the side. The Stars got a one out triple from Gordon in the top of the third, but after Ishy Demoya walked, Rayburn fanned Raul Nieto as Demoya was erased on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play. 
              In the bottom of the third, it was the Tritons' turn to mount a threat. Eric Silverberg reached on an error and stole second and third. Miller drew a one out walk, but Silverberg was erased at home on a delayed double steal attempt. 
              The Stars created an opportunity in the top of the eighth when Teo Zorrilla drew a one out walk and Gordon followed with a single to left, but, once again, Rayburn responded by striking out Demoya and retiring Nieto on a grounder to short.
              In the bottom of the eighth, Miller bounced a base hit up the middle and then stole second. Ledesma fanned the Julian Faria, last season's MVP, but then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Miller to advance to third. Pinch hitter Jared Butler worked out a walk, and then Ledesma let loose with another wild pitch that enabled Miller to score the game's only run.
              It was Rayburn's first win of the season, and Ledesma's first loss. 
              The win moved the Water Dwellers back into sole possession of first place in the Expansion Division. The third place Stars have lost three of their last four decisions.
              Saturday's Highlights-Sunsets Slam Twins; Sentries Shunt Goliaths: In the first meeting between the two top teams in the Original Division thus far, the Sunrise Sunsets outscored the Hallandale Twins in a 20-13 slugfest.
              Chris Craig and Anthony Garcilazo both homered for the Twilighters. Craig poled a three run blast in the fourth inning, and Garcilazo drilled a grand slam in the Sunsets' five run sixth inning.
              Jason Van Tol made his first start of the season for the 'Sets, and Doc Guida got the nod for the Twins, but neither pitcher factored in the decision. 
              Van Tol yielded three earned runs on nine hits in four innings. Guida was touched for eight earned runs on 10 hits in three and two thirds.
              Rookie lefthander Zach Margules permitted two runs on three hits in two innings and was awarded the win. Brent Campbell was responsible for six earned runs on eight hits in three innings and took the loss. 
              Brandon Hull led the Sunsets with three hits, Craig and Garcilazo drove in four runs each. Enrique Goicoechea paced the Twins with three hits and three RBI. Jehiel Russo knocked in five runs with a first inning three run double, a bloop single in the second, and an RBI ground out in the fourth.
              The Sunsets scored three runs in the top of the first, but the Twins countered with four in the home half of the frame. The 'Sets grabbed a 5-4 advantage in the second, but the Twins responded with four more runs to build an 8-5 lead after two. The Twilighters took a 9-8 lead in the fourth, but saw the Twins move in front 11-9 after four. 
              In the fifth the Sunsets tied the score before taking the lead for good with five runs in the sixth. 
              The loss snapped the Twins' modest two game winning streak and dropped them into second place in the Senior Circuit behind the Sunsets.
              In the Expansion Division, the Margate Sentries rallied for a 5-2 win over the Davie Goliaths and moved into a tie for the Junior Circuit lead.
              First round draft pick, lefty Andrew Phillips, rebounded from a rocky debut outing and delivered a complete game three hitter for the Gatekeepers.
              Phillips walked two, hit a batter and struck out eight. 
              Jorge Caballero started for the G-Men and pitched well, despite coming out on the losing end. Caballero was charged with three runs on six hits in seven innings. 
              The Philistines took a 2-0 lead in the third on a run scoring single by Caballero and an RBI ground out by Carlos Sanchez.
              The Sentries tied the score in the top of the fourth as David Marquez delivered a two run single. 
              In the sixth, Xavier Moran led off with a double and later scored the go ahead run on a base hit by Bennys Acosta. 
              The Sentries tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the eighth, aided by a Goliath error and a sacrifice fly by Drew Davis that capped the scoring.
              The loss kept the cellar dwelling Philistines winless on the new season.


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