Bears Can’t Hold Lead, Lose To Lancaster 7-6

Scott Spiezio

LANCASTER, Pa.– The Lancaster Barnstormers defeated the Newark Bears 7-6 on Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Bears jumped out to early lead against Sean Thompson. Daryle Ward ripped a two-run double with the bases-loaded in the third, scoring Nook Logan and Scott Spiezio and it was 2-0 Newark. Lancaster came back in the home third with three runs on four hits, including a two-run double by Lloyd Turner, to push ahead 3-2.


Newark tied the game at 3 in the fourth on a Spiezio RBI walk with the bases loaded. The ‘Stormers responded and edged ahead 4-3 on a Jed Morris bases-loaded RBI walk in the fifth.

The Bears seemed poised to break the game open in the sixth inning as a Logan RBI single followed by a Spiezio two-run double gave Newark back the advantage and it was 6-4. Spiezio finished his day going 2-for-3, with three RBI. Lancaster again answered in the home half of frame. After a James Perry RBI double brought the ‘Stormers within a run, Aaron Herr blasted a two-run home run to left and put the ‘Stormers up for good, 7-6.

Thompson tossed four innings, allowing three runs, two earned on five hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision. Smith allowed six earned rusn on 10 hits, with three walks and two strikeouts in five and two-third innings worked. James Heuser (1-0) earned the win tossing two innings in relief, allowing three runs on three hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Michael Mehlich (0-1) shouldered the loss allowing the Herr home run in one-third inning worked. Scott Patterson picked up his sixth save of the season working a scoreless ninth.

The Bears and ‘Stormers continue the series on Wednesday. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.

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