After dropping the first two games to New Britain in this four-game series, Lancaster laid the smack-down on the Bees Saturday night.
Lancaster scored seven runs in the first two innings, including three home runs. In the first inning Lance Zawadski hammered the baseball to right field for his sixth dinger of the season. Kevin Ahrens, Caleb Gindl, and and Josh Whitaker all scored on the long ball after reaching base on respective singles.
In the fourth inning K.C. Hobson lead off with a solo home run. Ahrens reached base again on a walk, and then Gindl crushed a home run to give Lancaster a 7-0 lead.
New Britain challenged Barnstormers starter Kelvin De La Cruz in the third inning, sending eight runners to the plate. James Skelton and Steve Carillo both scored on a Jovan Rosa double, and Rosa came home when Jonathan Roof singled. Even though Lancaster had jumped out to a seven-run lead, there was still a reason to feel uncomfortable leading by four entering the fourth inning.
De La Cruz would settle down following the third. He only faced seven batters in the next two innings and struck out five Bees in a row at one point. He would finish his outing with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched, walking two and allowing three earned runs. His effort was good enough for his second win with the Barnstormers in as many starts.
The action settled down until the seventh inning. Lancaster sent 12 batters to the plate, and scored six runs on a double from Ahrens, three singles from Sean Halton, Charlie Cutler and Justin Jackson, a wild pitch, and an error.
With the 13-3 win, the Barnstormers exited the game with season-high’s in runs (13) and strikeouts to the opposing team. Barnstormer pitchers fanned 15 Bees at the dish on Saturday night. The Barnstormers also tallied 16 hits in the victory.
Tomorrow the Barnstormers will wrap-up this four-game series with the Bees at 5:00 pm at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The pitching match-up will be Lancaster’s Tanner Peters (2-2, 4.64 ERA) vs New Britain’s Shawn Haviland (2-1, 3.44 ERA).