Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 15, 2012

Rays fall to 1-5 since winning Mercer Cup

BURLINGTON, N.C. — The post-Mercer Cup blahs have continued to hamper the Princeton Rays.

Burlington had just three hits, but scored two runs and defeated the Rays 2-0 in an Appalachian League affair in front of 712 spectators on Wednesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

Princeton managed just three hits, but fell to 1-5 since capturing the Mercer Cup series championship last Thursday against Bluefield.

Patrick Conry improved to 5-1 for the East Division-leading Royals, surrendering two hits and striking out four in seven innings on the mound. John Walter, the third pitcher for Burlington (34-17), worked the final 1 1/3 frames to record his ninth save. Radford University product Mark Peterson also threw for the Royals.

Alex Keudell took the loss for Princeton, dropping to 2-4. Kevin Brandt started and worked five hitless innings, striking out eight and walking two. Keudell allowed a run in the six on a home run by Mark Threlkeld.

Threlkeld connected for his eighth home run of the season, and second in the last two games. Bubba Starling doubled and scored in the eighth off Jonathan Weaver.

Reid Redman and James Harris, Jr. had doubles, and Willie Argo singled in the loss.

Neither team had an error in the game that was over in an hour and 51 minutes.

Princeton (28-26) will try to salvage the final game of the three-game series tonight in Burlington at 7:05 p.m.

at Burlington Athletic Stadium

Princeton..................................................000  000  000  —  0  3  0

Burlington.................................................000  001  10x  —  2  3  0

Kevin Brandt, Alex Keudell (6), Weaver (7) and Oscar Hernandez. Patrick Conroy, Mark Peterson, John Walter and Alexander Marquez. W—Conroy (5-1); L—Keudell (2-4); S—Walter (9). HR—Threlkeld (8). Time—1:51. Att—712.


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