Mercer, Presley, Holt All Post 3 Hits, Owens Earns Win

Fort Myers Miracle 6, �Bradenton Marauders 3 (box)

Three hits by SS Brock Holt led the Marauders to a total of 9 hits, but they went only 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, and lost to Fort Myers. �The Miracle scored in each of the first three innings, touching starter Aaron Pribanic for 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in his 4 innings. �A single and two doubles scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. �Two walks, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly added another run in the 2nd. �A double and two singles brought in one more run in the 3rd.

The Marauders got one run back in the 3rd, when RF/CF Austin McClune walked, moved to second base on a throwing error, and scored on DH Tony Sanchez’s RBI single. �They pushed another run across in the 5th, on Holt’s double, a sacrifice bunt by McClune, and another RBI single by Sanchez.

After Pribanic left the game, Mike Colla retired 6 batters in order, including 3 strikeouts. �With�Tom Boleska on the mound in the 7th, a missed catch error by 1B Calvin Anderson and a throwing error by 3B Jeremy Farrell put runners on first and second. �An RBI single scored on unearned run, and a wild pitch brought in a second run, also unearned. �A second fielding error by Farrell in the 8th, plus a walk and a single, loaded the bases for reliever Mike Felix, but Felix was able to get two strikeouts to end the threat.

Holt picked up his second double (third hit — he’d opened the game with a single) in the 9th inning, following a single and a stolen base by 2B Greg Picart. �Picart scored, but Holt was out at third base on the throw, and a line out to third ended the game before the Marauders could catch up.

Greenville Drive 6, �West Virginia Power �1 (box)

Starter Gabriel Alvarado struggled in his 4 innings of work, allowing a total of 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Two of the hits were home runs, which came back-to-back in the 2nd inning, the first with a runner on base. �A double and a single brought in another run for Greenville in the 3rd. �Maurice Bankston took over for Alvarado to begin the 5th, but he also gave up a run on three walks and an RBI ground out. �Another home run to lead off the 6th, gave the Drive their 6th run. �Bankston pitched a total of 3 innings. �Duke Welker and Marc Baca each pitched a 1-2-3 inning to finish up for the Power.

Power batters recorded 6 hits, with two each by CF Evan Chambers and 2B Jarek Cunningham. LF Rogelios Noris also singled, and C Josue Peley had the only extra-base hit, a double. �Peley’s double led off the bottom of the 5th inning, the only one in which the Power scored. �Chambers and Cunningham both singled, with Cunningham picking up the RBI when Peley scored. �Chambers and Cunningham also had back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the 1st, but Chambers was picked off first base. �DH Kyle Morgan walked, but both he and Cunningham were left stranded. �After the 5th inning, Morgan was the only Power batter to reach base for the rest of the game when he got on with a walk in the 8th, but again he was left on base.

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