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Dominicanos Silence Hurricanes in AA Baseball Thriller

Juan Santana walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth highlighted a three-run final at bat that saw the Dominicanos rally from three runs down to beat the 40 Plus Hurricanes, 8-7, Friday night in Raphael Jackson AA Baseball action at the D.C. Canegata Ball Park. Both teams had good pitching efforts from their starters, which was the main reason that the time shortened contest went down to the last at bat.

After the Hurricanes picked up an unearned run in the top of the first, the Dominicanos scored two in the bottom of the inning on an RBI triple by Tony Piguero and an RBI single by Miguel Quesada to lead 2-1 at the end of one inning.

The score would stay that way until the top of the third when the Hurricanes came up with two runs to briefly take a 3-2 lead on Raymond Cintron’s RBI single and a pass ball. The Dominicanos, however, picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at three.

An error and an RBI double by Anthony Cruz in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Dominicanos a 5-3 lead after four completed innings.

The Hurricanes drew one run closer, at 5-4, in the top of the fifth on Raymond Cintron’s RBI double.

At the top of the sixth, the Hurricanes pulled ahead, 7-5, rallying for three runs on Cintron’s RBI single and two Dominicanos errors. Coming to bat, now trailing by two runs and alerted by the umpire that due to time constraints it would be their last at bat, the Dominicanos, down to their last out, staged a two-out game winning three-run rally. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, only the final run, the game winner off the bat of Santana, was earned as they went down in defeat by a score of, 8-7.

Amerledes Pio picked up the victory on the mound for the Dominicanos in relief of starter, Amadu Mercedes, while Gilberto Belardo got the loss for the Hurricanes. Top batters for the winners were Santana, 3 for 4 with one RBI; Piguero, 2 for 3 with one RBI; and Tony Cruz, 2 for 2 with one RBI. For the Hurricanes, Cintron was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Javier Encarnacion was 2 for 3.

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