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Twins Top Mudcats; Tritons Troll Goliaths

February 22, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)

              The Hallandale Twins staged a nine run rally in the top of the seventh and clinched second place in the Original Division as they defeated the Delray Beach Mudcats, 15-11.               
              After squandering an early five run advantage, the Twins fell behind 11-6 before sending 15 batters to the plate in the seventh.
              Doc Guida started for the Twins, but could not escape the fourth inning. Guida allowed five runs on nine hits in three and a third innings. Joe "Truth" Adair tossed two and two thirds innings and wound yp getting his third win of the season without a loss. 
              "Aspara" Gus Maestrales started for the Whiskered Fish, but never made it out of the first inning, permitting five runs on six hits. Cory McEwen fell to 1-3 for the season as he was charged with four runs on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning.
              Giovann Texiera led a 17 hit assault for the Twins, going four for four with three RBI. Pat Murphy had two hits, three RBI, and scored three runs, and Elijah Rodriguez crashed a two run home run. 
              Pete Maestrales went four for five for the 'Cats, collecting a single, two doubles, and a home run. Mickey Tanyi added three hits.   
              A heavy rain storm engulfed the field during the bottom of the seventh. Had the Twins not retired the Mudcats in the seventh prior to the rain washing out the game, the score would have reverted to the last completed inning, restoring the Mudcats 11-6 lead.
              Fortunately, for the Twins, Brent Campbell retired the side in the bottom of the seventh before the game was called and the Twins were victorious.
              The win snapped the Twins' three game losing skid. The Mudcats have now lost three in a row.                
              In the Expansion Division, the Tri-Cities Tritons rolled to a 12-2 win over the free falling Davie Goliaths.
              John Hardardt tossed a complete game six hitter for the Water Dwellers to improve to 5-0. Hardardt walked two and fanned seven.               
              Jorge Caballero started for the G-Men and fell to 0-3 after surrendering six earned runs on four hits and five walks in four innings.
              Jon Goldsmith, Julian Faria, and Yosier Tejera led the Sons of Poseidon with two hits each. Goldsmith drove in three runs, Faria knocked in two.
              Paul "The Fork" Tunink paced the Philistines with two hits. 
              The loss was the sixth straight for the cellar dwelling Goliaths.
              Tuesday's Recaps-Stars Shade Goliaths, Sunsets Maul Mudcats: The Hollywood Stars, victimized last week by the dreaded catcher's balk, took advantage of the seldom seen rule to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before walking off with a 10-9 victory over the Davie Goliaths. An RBI single by Raul Nieto later in the frame provided the Stars with the winning run.               
              With the loss, the Philistines were eliminated from playoff contention.
              The G-Men had taken a 9-8 lead on an RBI double by Alexis Garcia in the top of the eighth. 
              Mario Alvarez led off the bottom of the ninth by coaxing a walk from Goliaths' closer Yoel de la Cruz. A double by Osvaldo Capote sent Alvarez, carrying the tying run to third. After a strikeout, the G-Men elected to walk Reol Alvarez intentionally to set up a force at every base, but de la Cruz took the unprecedented step of tossing the intentional wide ones from the wind up, rather than the stretch.
              The unconventional maneuver caused Garcia, the Goliaths' catcher, to exit the catcher's box prematurely, resulting in a balk that permitted the tying run to score. One batter later, Nieto single off the left field fence to score Capote with the winning run. 
              Ishy Demoya, who pitched four innings of one run relief, earned the win to improve to 1-2 this season. After surrendering two runs on two hits and three walks in one and a third innings, de la Cruz took the loss to fall to 0-4.   
              The teams combined for 30 hits in the contest with Adrian Giraldo leading the Stars with three hits, and Nick Flesner, Jarrod Rubinstein, Marcelino Gomez, and Jorge Caballero collecting two hits a piece for the Philistines. Caballero drove in three runs.
              The loss was the Goliaths' fifth in a row, while the Stars moved into second place in the Expansion Division with their third consecutive win.
              In the Original Division, the Delray Beach Mudcats lost for the eighth time in their past 10 attempts as they were routed, 15-3 by the Senior Circuit leading Sunrise Sunsets.                
              Brant Spring scattered 10 hits in a complete game effort to lift his record to 3-0. Spring, who was charged with two earned runs, struck out 10 and walked only one.
              "Aspara" Gus Maestrales started for the Mudcats and took the loss to fall to 1-4. Maestrales allowed six runs on 10 hits in three and a third innings.               
              Chris Craig, Anthony Garcilazo, and Javier Aguilar led a 16 hit assault by the Twilighters with three hits each. Craig had a home run and four RBI.
              Pete Maestrales and Jamal Thelwell had two hits a piece to pace the 'Cats.
              The Sunsets have won six of their last seven outings.


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