ABERDEEN, MD - Another packed stadium for the IronBirds watched them bounce back against the West Virginia Black Bears and earn a 7-3 victory.
FIRST IS THE... BEST: Aberdeen started the scoring again in the first inning. Kirvin Moesquit came home to score on an error and Ryan Ripken knocked an RBI single to score Mason McCoy. 2-0 the IronBirds led after one.
GO LONG: Raul Siri's solo homerun in the top of the third was the first homer Zac Lowther has allowed as a professional. After three innings the 'Birds were up 2-1.
ANSWER THE CALL: Jean Carrillo and Josh Hart responded to the homerun with a pair of RBIs in the fourth. Carrillo's single scored Zach Jarrett and he came home on Hart's sacrafice fly.
West Virginia battled back with a run in the seventh after Jared Oliva moved up to third on back to back wild pitches. In the 8th Dylan Busby grounded out to bring Chris Sharpe home. James Teague retired the side with the game tying run on third. Through 7 and 1/2 it was 4-3 'Birds.
ONE MORE TIME: When it got close Aberdeen steped it up again. Trevor Craport had the insurance RBI to score Josh Hart from second. Ryan Ripken's two RBI single drove home Copeland and Craport. Aberdeen led 7-3 after eight innings.
James Teague faced four hitters in the ninth but retired the side scoreless to close things out.
BIRD WATCHING: Two runs in the first were nothing new for the IronBirds, they have outscored opponents by 23 to open up games. They are now 3-5 against the Pinckney Division. Ryan Ripken and Garrett Copeland each had a season high five hits, Ripken's included three RBIs.
UP NEXT: Game three with the Black Bears is tomorrow afternoon at 5:35. Cameron Bishop will start for the 'Birds.
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