By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Pulaski Mariners scored seven times in the 11th inning to claim a 10-3 win over the Princeton Rays, Tuesday night at Hunnicutt Field.
Princeton took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second. Back-to-back singles by Leo Correa and Armando Araiza opened the inning and a throwing error by Pulaski pitcher Noel De La Cruz moved the runners up to second and third.
Correa was cut down at the plate, but Araiza came home on a sac fly to right by Adderly Rosa to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.
The Rays made it 2-0 in the second when Hunter Lockwood slammed the first pitch he saw from De La Cruz over the left field fence. It was Lockwood’s first home run of the season and his second hit of the game. He doubled off the fence in left in the first.
Pulaski go on the board in the fourth. Jeffrey Zimmerman drew a walk from Rays’ starter Jorge Rodriguez and a wild pitch moved him to second. He took third on Tyler Smith’s fly ball to right and scored on Kristian Brito’s single to left.
Clayton Crum came on for Princeton to get the final out in the fourth.
The Rays added a third run in the fifth when Rosa go on due to an error, took second on Spencer Edwards’ bunt single, moved to third on Bralin Jackson’s fielder’s choice and scored on Lockwood’s sac fly to center. Jesus Ugueto pinch hit for Zimmerman to lead off the sixth and tripled to right. Smith walked and Brito doubled both home to tie the game at three. That would be all the scoring for quite some time.
Eddie Campbell came on for Pulaski in the sixth and took the bats out of the Rays’ hands. He struck out the side in order in the sixth and eighth. In the seventh Princeton had the go-ahead run on third with Rosa, who reached on an error, went to second on another error, third on a passed ball with no outs. Rosa, however, would be thrown out at the plate on Jackson’s grounder to short.
Josh Kimborowicz took the ball for Princeton in the seventh and pitched four scoreless innings.
Elias Torres opened the ninth with a double to right and Rosa’s sac bunt moved him to third. Princeton failed to score, however, as Torres was cut down by right fielder Wilton Martinez who snagged Edwards’ fly ball and fired the ball to catcher Luke Guarnaccia to complete the double play and send the game to extra innings.
Oscar Armenta came from the bullpen in the 11th for Princeton and Joseph DeCarlo greeted him with a leadoff home run to straightaway center. The wheels then began to come completely off the wagon.
A single and a double sandwiched between the inning’s first out put runners on second and third. Ian Miller knocked both in with w single to left. After a sacrifice bunt by Zack Shank, Ugueto singled home two more runs.
Smith singled to put runners on first and second and then Brito hit his first pitch from Armenta over the fence in left to bring home three more. After a visit to the mound by Rays manager Danny Sheaffer, DeCarlo, grounded out to end the inning.
Scott Ronnenberg pitched the 11th for Pulaski, gave up a hit and two Rays got aboard, but the large rally did not materialize and Princeton went to its seventh straight loss.
Campbell pitched five innings in relief, allowed only one hit, no runs and struck out 10 to pick up the win. Armenta gave up seven runs on seven hits in one inning to take the loss.
Miller, Brito and Raysheron Michel each had three hits for Pulaski and Brito knocked in six runs.
Torres and Lockwood each had a pair of hits for Princeton.
The Rays open a three game series tonight at Hunnicutt Field against the Greeneville Astros. Game time is 7:05.
At Hunnicutt Field
Pulaski…………000 102 000 07 — 10 17 5
Princeton….......011 010 000 00 — 3 8 0
WP - Campbell (1-0). LP - Armenta (0-1). HR - PUL, DeCarlo (3), Brito (2). PRN, Lockwood (1). Att - 1225.