Jupiter, FL (May 9, 2017)- For the second night in a row, the Hammerheads fell to the Bradenton Marauders by a score of 3-1.
Jupiter had plenty of chances to tie and take the lead, including a base loaded threat with no outs in the seventh inning, but couldn't come through. The team has dropped five consecutive games, including a skid where they've lost seven out of their last nine.
Scott Squier (1-5 5.77 ERA) got that start and had a solid outing. The lefty went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out five batters. The trio of Nick Neumann, Garrett Cortright, and Andy Beltre combined to throw 3.1 innings out of the bullpen with 3 strikeouts, and didn't allow a Bradenton player to reach base.
The Marauders got on the scoreboard first in the fifth inning, scoring two runs, the first one coming courtesy of a Mitchell Tolman single that scored Christian Kelley. Logan Hilll would also come around to score later in the inning when Alfredo Reyes was caught trying to steal second base. They'd pick up their third run in the sixth on a Will Craig RBI single.
The Hammerheads had their chance to respond in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with nobody out. Zach Sullivan had the first crack at it, but he would pop out to second base. Next batter Kyle Barrett flied out to left field, but didn't hit it deep enough for Roy Morales to tag up from third base. The Marauders would make a pitching change, and bring in Yunior Montero to face Stone Garrett with two outs. Garrett struck out swinging ending the Jupiter threat.
The Hammerheads now fall to 13-20 on the season.
The rubber match of this series will be tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM. Lefty Ben Holmes (0-3 4.21 ERA) will start for the Hammerheads. He'll be opposed by Mitch Keller (3-1 2.88 ERA)
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