San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino set a season-best in runs with a 14-7 blitzing of the Lancaster JetHawks on Tuesday. Every Sixers' batter had at least one hit in the contest with Taylor Ward notching a season-best four hits and Inland Empire (34-42, 4-2) mashing three homers in the game.
The Sixers actually trailed Lancaster (39-37, 1-5) by a score of 4-0 before Inland Empire even batted as the JetHawks scored four runs in the first. The Sixers got two back in the home-half on an RBI ground out by Ward and a RBI single by Kyle Survance Jr. Oddly enough it was the only time in the night that Ward would be retired as he delivered four singles over his next four at-bats nabbing his third career four-hit game. Inland Empire took a lead in the second when Jake Yacinch collected an RBI single and Troy Montgomery tagged a two-run homer for a 5-4 lead; it was his sixth HR of the year. The JetHawks took the lead back in the third getting a pair of RBI infield singles by Collin Ferguson and Garrett Hampson. The Sixers took the lead for good in the third scoring on a RBI triple by Connor Justus and a two-run homer by Jose Rojas, his sixth of the year making it 8-6. Trey Killian (6-3) took the loss for Lancaster. The Sixers poured it on with three more in the fourth highlighted by Survance's two-run triple and three more in the seventh when Brennon Lund smashed a three-run homer to right, his third in 13 games with the Sixers. Winston Lavendier tossed two scoreless innings in relief of IE starter Luis Pena and earned the win improving to 4-2 on the year. Wes Rogers was 3-for-3 with two walks on a perfect night at the plate for the JetHawks and stole his league-best 37th base. Garrett Hampson also had three hits for Lancaster. Survance stole his 15th base for the Sixers in 16 attempts. The pitching staffs combined to throw 373 pitches in the game, 205 of them by the JetHawks.
The series continues Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The contest can be seen and heard live at 66ers.com.
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