‘Stormers Strike Down Newark, Rally For 9-6 Win

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NEWARK – Aaron Herr drove in four runs, three coming on a three-run homer, leading the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 9-6 victory over the Newark Bears Wednesday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

The Barnstormers fell behind, 6-1, after two innings, then scored the game’s final eight runs en route to their third straight win over the Bears in the four-game series. Joe Gaetti had four hits, including a solo homer, and had three RBI for the winners, who had 14 hits.

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The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Scott Spiezio and a two-run single from newly acquired Victor Rodriguez, his third RBI in just two games with the Bears. After the Barnstormers scored a run in the second inning on Gaetti’s first hit and RBI of the game, the Bears added three more runs off starter and winner Josh Hall. Spiezio delivered another run with a single, then Daryle Ward and Carl Everett followed with singles, giving the Bears a 6-1 cushion.

Bears starter, though Bubba O’Donnell couldn’t hold the lead, giving up the three-run homer to Herr in the third and then another three runs in the fourth, with Gaetti adding an RBI single in that rally.

The Bears couldn’t manage anything else the rest of the way and left 11 runners on base against four Lancaster pitchers. The Bears had just two hits after the second inning.

Hall (5-2) earned the win, while O’Donnell fell to 3-3 with the loss. Pat Overholt, signed just two days ago, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save for Lancaster.

Before the game, there was a special high school Home Run Derby, featuring 26 players from the Super Essex Conference. The winner was Frank Schwindel of Livingston, who hit five round trippers.

The Bears and Barnstormers conclude the four game series on Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles RIverfront Stadium opening at 5:15 p.m. The first 1,500 fans will be taking home water bottles, presented by NJIT. The Bears will also host the second High School Home Run Derby, which will feature girls from the Super Essex Conference. The field will be modified to accommodate the girls event and will be laid out with fences brought in. The field will measure approximately 190’ down the lines going to 225’ in dead center.


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