LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster Barnstormers defeated the Newark Bears 12-11 on Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
For the second game, Lancaster jumped on top early against Bears’ pitching. With two on in the home first, Aaron Herr deposited a Kelvin Villa pitch over the wall in right and it was 3-0 Barnstormers four batters into the game. Reggie Taylor extended the lead with a two-run double in third to make it 5-0.
Ben Fritz looked strong through the first three frames as he allowed just two base runners while striking out a pair to set the Lancaster single-season record. Newark cracked the scoreboard in the fourth as Carl Everett drilled a two-run single into right plating Pablo Ozuna and Elijah Dukes. Lancaster came back with run in the home half on a Michael Woods RBI single and the lead was back to three runs.
Dukes brought Newark within a run in the very next frame. With Randy Gress and Ozuna aboard, the former Washington National and Tampa Bay Ray skied a three-run homer into the bumper boat pool and it was 6-5 Lancaster. The hosts answered back two innings later on back-to-back shots by Bryant Nelson and Woods, but Newark plated a pair in the visitor’s eighth on a Brian Barton RBI groundout and an Everett sacrifice fly.
The ‘Stormers used a three-run, four hit bottom of the eighth to gain a four-run cushion. Down to their last out, the Bears loaded the bases on singles by Kennard Jones and Ozuna and a Dukes’ walk against Eric Ackerman. Daryle Ward took a 3-2 pitch out to right and the game was tied 11 after Newark was down to its final strike. Lancaster used a Jed Morris lead off walk in the bottom of ninth and Lloyd Turner’s bloop single to right two batters later to walk off with a win.
Ackerman (1-0) got the win, despite allowing four runs and three hits, with two strikeouts in the ninth. Michael Nix (1-2) took the loss facing three batters in the ninth. Fritz tossed six and one-third innings, surrendering five runs, two earned, and four hits, with five strikeouts in a no-decision. Villa, who also didn’t factor in the decision, scattered nine hits and eight runs, with six strikeouts over six innings.
Newark sends Ryan Glynn to the hill looking for a “W” against Lancater on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans can catch all the action on www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
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