San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino were involved in a slugfest with Lancaster on Monday night that finished with a score more common at the JetHawks home ballpark than at San Manuel Stadium as the Sixers won the series opener 14-11. The 66ers set a season-high in runs scored in a contest that saw the club's combine for 28 hits with Jo Adell and Richie Fecteau each notching three-hit performances for Inland Empire (31-33).
Adell got the scoring going in the first after Jahmai Jones drew a walk from Lancaster (30-34) Brandon Gold to open the frame. The Louisville, KY native pounded a line drive homer to right field for his fifth homer in 19 games with the club. Adell finished the night with three hits, two RBI, a walk and his fifth stolen base. The game see-sawed back and forth with the JetHawks taking the lead with a five-run fourth inning off IE starter Simon Matthews. Inland Empire however dropped their own five-run inning (matching a season-best) in the sixth to take an 11-10 lead. Eduardo Rivera came in the seventh and allowed an unearned run on his own throwing error to tie the game 11-11. The Sixers broke the tie in the bottom of the frame however, when with two outs Jordan Zimmerman blooped a two-run single to right to give the Sixers a 13-11 lead. The Sixers added to the lead in the eighth on Richie Fecteau's RBI single, securing his first three-hit game of the season; he also extended his hitting-streak to seven games. Rivera (1-2) rolled over the next two innings for the Sixers to earn the win. Kenny Oakley (0-4) was charged with the loss for the JetHawks. Roberto Ramos hit his league-best 17th homer in the contest for Lancaster while Wille Abreu cashed in a three-hit performance. Brandon Marsh had three RBI for the Sixers as did Zimmerman as every 66ers batter had at least one hit except for leadoff man Jahmai Jones who drew three walks and scored three runs.
The series continues Tuesday at 7:05pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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