Potomac Nationals take 2-1 lead in Carolina League finals

potomac nationalsDH John Wooten pelted two home runs including the go-ahead two-run shot in the fourth inning as the Potomac Nationals (4-1, 3-0) defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3, 0-1) 12-7 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Mills Cup Championship. The Nationals overcame a five-run deficit early and never looked back with ten unanswered runs. Myrtle Beach scored six runs in the third inning only to be countered by six P-Nats runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Wooten clocked the first of his two home runs to left field. Wooten now has three dingers in the last two games of this series. The Pelicans answered with a run in the second on an RBI-single by SS Michael De Leon.

In the top of the third, Myrtle Beach got the best of Nationals starter LHP Matthew Spann. After a pair of singles and a walk, Spann allowed a two-out grand slam to C David Lyon. He was then pulled for LHP Kylin Turnbull (W, 1-0) who promptly surrendered a single and De Leon home run to give the Pelicans a 7-2 lead.

Turnbull would settle down after that though. Following those two hits, he shut down the Pelican offense over 5.1 in which he did not allow another run. Turnbull in total gave up three base hits and struck out eight.

With the P-Nats in dire need of a rally, the bottom of the fourth inning delivered on exactly that. Potomac scored six runs on five base hits in the frame off Pelicans starter RHP Sam Wolff (L, 0-1). It began with a leadoff double from DH Mike McQuillan followed by SS Stephen Perez’s first single of the Mills Cup to score a run. Perez was previously 0-9 in the series. After a 3B Khayyan Norfork walk and C Pedro Severino sacrifice bunt, CF Isaac Ballou ripped a triple down the right field line to score a pair. With two outs, 1B Shawn Pleffner legged out an infield single to bring home Ballou and keep the inning alive for John Wooten. With Potomac trailing by a run, Wooten blasted his second homer of the contest to give the P-Nats an 8-7 lead.

In the fifth inning, Severino drove in Perez with a single, and 2B Tony Renda was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to extend the lead to three runs. McQuillan put an exclamation point on it in the sixth with a two-run bomb to right off the Pelicans RHP Ryan Bores.

Potomac LHP Jake Walsh tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Every hitter in Potomac’s lineup recorded at least one base hit including three-hit efforts from Pleffner and LF Randolph Oduber. The P-Nats will attempt to close out the series Wednesday night with their 2-1 series lead.

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Network, which is accessible at www.potomacnationals.com, will broadcast Game Four of the Mills Cup Championship Series on Wednesday, September 10th. Potomac will send LHP Hector Silvestre (1-0, 1.29) to the mound while Myrtle Beach will toss LHP Luis Parra (1-0, 1.59). Broadcast coverage will begin with the P-Nats Leadoff Show at 6:50pm in preparation for the 7:05pm start.

augusta free press
augusta free press news

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!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.