PRINCETON — The Princeton Rays’ early Appalachian League winning streak came to a sudden halt at three games on Sunday when the visiting Burlington Royals engineered a 10-2 victory over the homestanding P-Rays at Hunnicutt Field.
The Royals (4-2) didn’t overwhelm Princeton at the plate but managed to push across 10 runs with eight hits as opposed to the two runs the P-Rays parlayed out of the same number of hits. Princeton committed three errors to Burlington’s one, however, and committed some wild pitches in inauspicious situations.
Royals outfielder Kevon Jackson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Maikel Garcia went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Jake Means went 2-for-4 for Burlington, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Burllington starter Devlin Capellan (2-0) picked up the victory for the visitors in five innings work, striking out six and walking one while allowing two earned runs off three hits. Adan Frias collected his first save of the Appy season, striking out five and walking one over four frames.
Aldor Rodriguez (0-2) picked up his second loss of the season so far, allowing three runs off four hits over the opening 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one, giving up the solo blast to Means.
Angelo Armenta and Diego Infante each had a pair of hits, with a double apiece for the Princeton Rays (3-3). Armenta drove in both of Princton’s runs in the fifth inning. Designated hitter Dawson Dimon also had a double.
Princeton takes a day off today, returning to action Tuesday with the Pulaski Yankees at Hunnicutt Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
Pulaski 18, Bluefield 5
PULASKI, Va. — There was nothing wrong with Bluefield starter Jared DiCesare’s start at Calfee Park on Sunday night. But the Pulaski Yankees found a way to tee off on every other Blue Jays pitcher that followed him.
After touching DiCesare with only one hit, the Pulankees went on to hammer out 15 hits and collect 17 RBIs off of four Jays relievers.
For what it’s worth, Bluefield pushed across five runs on only six hits, but had the benefit of four Pulaski errors to exploit.
The Blue Jays were leading 4-0 in the fifth inning when Pulaski plated its first run on an Oliver Dunn RBI single.
There was far worse to come. The Yankee scored eight runs in the sixth inning and added six more in the seventh.
That conflagration included a two-RBI homer by Dun. Pulaski also got home runs from Ryder Green — who also stroked a triple — and Anthony Garcia.
Andres Guerra went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Blue Jays. Addison Barger went 2-for-5 and Scotty Bradley had a double.
The Bluefield Jays will take a day off Monday, returning to action on Tuesday with its home opener at Bowen Field with the Danville Braves. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.