Buies Creek rallies, tops Hillcats in extras

Lynchburg held a 3-2 lead from the fourth inning until the seventh, but Buies Creek tied it at that time and used a four-run 11th inning to claim a 7-3 result Wednesday night at City Stadium.

lynchburg hillcatsIt represented the third straight game between the Hillcats and Astros that was decided in a team’s final at-bat. Lynchburg fell to 16-16 in such contests and 5-7 in extra-inning affairs. The Hillcats still maintain the best overall record in the Carolina League at 73-49.

The Hillcats scored the first run of the evening in the third on back-to-back doubles by Sam Haggerty and Willi Castro. Buies Creek answered with two runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 advantage. However, the Hillcats responded immediately with a two-run bottom of the fourth to reclaim the lead, 3-2.

Sicnarf Loopstok led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later on a Connor Marabell single. Two batters after that, Claudio Bautista drove in Marabell with a sacrifice fly. The Hillcats maintained their 3-2 margin until the Astros evened the score in the seventh when Rodrigo Ayarza tripled and Myles Straw singled.

Knotted at 3-all, Buies Creek surged ahead in the 11th. The Astros plated four runs on the combination of three hits and three walks. Carmen Benedetti’s two-run double to make it 6-3 served as the big blow in the frame.

Kieran Lovegrove (3-3) suffered the loss, while Carlos Sierra (3-1) earned the victory with five strikeouts over three scoreless innings of relief. Dominic DeMasi did not factor into the decision despite leaving the game with a 3-2 lead after a quality start. He allowed just two runs on seven hits in six innings.

Lynchburg concludes its only home series against Buies Creek Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Tanner Tully (0-3, 4.86) will start for Lynchburg. The game can be heard live at www.lynchburg-hillcats.com.


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news