Dash use late rally to steal series opener in Myrtle Beach

Winston-Salem scores final five runs to overcome 4-1 deficit in win

P.J. Higgins compiled three RBIs in Monday's loss to Winston-Salem. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 9, 2018 11:31 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 9, 2018) - The Winston-Salem Dash fired off two runs in the top of the ninth inning on Monday night to cap a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the game tied at four, Mitch Roman singled to begin the inning for Winston-Salem (2-3) against Myrtle Beach (1-4) reliever Chad Hockin (0-1). A wild pitch moved Roman to second before Luis Alexander Basabe cashed him in. Basabe stole third and then Blake Rutherford, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. In the last four innings, Winston-Salem scored five unanswered runs.

After the Pelicans had built a 4-1 lead, the Dash scored one run in the fifth on a Nate Nolan RBI double. In the sixth, Micker Adolfo racked up an RBI double before Nolan tied the game on a bases-loaded walk. 

Nolan not only went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and the catcher also picked up two assists.

The scoring starting in the second inning when Aramis Ademan rammed an RBI triple down the right field line for the Pelicans. P.J. Higgins then knocked in two more with a two-run single to make it 3-0 Pelicans. After a run from Winston-Salem in the third, Higgins lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to make it 4-1. However, the lead did not hold.

Former Coastal Carolina University pitcher Mike Morrison earned the win by throwing a scoreless final two frames.

Fellow Dash teammate and former Chanticleer Zach Remillard went 0-for-3 in the game for Winston-Salem.

Birds starter Alex Lange pitched five innings, yielding just two runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts.

On Tuesday, the Pelicans will take on the Winston-Salem Dash for game two of the three-game series at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. RHP Matt Swarmer is slated to start for Myrtle Beach at 7:05 p.m., while Winston-Salem will counter with RHP Jimmy Lambert. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

Tuesday is $2 Tacos and Tall Boys presented by Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant. The $2 Tacos and $2 16 oz. cans can be purchased from 6-8 p.m. from the Pelicans Perch.

Tickets are available for all 2018 regular season Pelicans' home games at www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Tickets.

The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons as well. In June 2017, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans have won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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

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