Hammerheads fall to Mets in Home Finale

Kjerstad launches 3 run bomb, 15th HR of season.

By Jeff Bowe / Jupiter Hammerheads | September 1, 2016 9:53 PM ET

Jupiter, FL - Jupiter (67-67, 36-30) fall a-game and a-half behind the St. Lucie Mets (72-60, 37-28) after dropping game one inside Roger Dean Stadium, 4-3.

Dexter Kjerstad came up in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on base and launched his 15th home run of the season to make it a one run game going into the final frame. Kjerstad finished 1-for-4 with three RBI's and a run scored.

The Hammerheads were no-hit through five innings by Mets starter Chris Flexen (W, 10-9- 3.56 ERA). Flexen was pulled prior to the start of the sixth inning and Robert Coles his replacement allowed three hits and three runs with three strikeouts and a home run against.

Junior Sosa finished 1-for-4 with one run scored, John Norwood went 1-for-4 with one run scored, Taylor Ard completed his night 1-for-4 and that was all she wrote offensively for the Hammerheads tonight as they fall a-game and a-half back of St. Lucie in the Southern Division 2nd half title race.

Jupiter and St. Lucie face off three more times to decide the Southern Division second half champion, the winner of the 2nd half will face Bradenton in a first round best of three series, game one will be hosted by either Jupiter or St. Lucie, games' two and three will be hosted by Bradenton.

The Hammerheads must now win the next three to clinch the Southern Division, with the knowledge that a series split would send St. Lucie to the 2016 playoffs as the 2nd half champions. 

On Deck

Jupiter travels to St. Lucie tomorrow night through Sunday to close out the regular season with the final three games at Tradition Field. Jorgan Cavanerio (8-11, 4.45 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Hammerheads tomorrow night against P.J. Conlon (3-1, 1.53 ERA).

The probable's for the rest of the series fall as follows; Jeff Brigham (7-7, 3.82 ERA), James Buckelew (5-2, 2.36 ERA) for games three and four in Port St. Lucie.  

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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