Jupiter, FL - The Palm Beach Cardinals (41-28, 1-1) lost a close game 4-1 to the Jupiter Hammerheads (34-36, 1-1) in a game that was 2-1 going into the ninth inning.
Ross Vance got his first start of the season and lasted 3.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out on batter.
Palm Beach got on the board first in the first inning as Blake Drake, Darren Seferina and Chris Chinea all hit one out singles to load the bases. Andy Young hit a fly ball to right field to bring Drake in and make the game 1-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
Jupiter grabbed the run back in the top of the second as Dustin Geiger started the frame with a single and got to second on a Dexter Kjerstad walk. It looked like the Cardinals would get out of it scoreless as Stone Garrett hit a ball to Thomas Spitz that was caught and thrown to third baseman, Darren Seferina, who got Kjerstad trying to get back to first. With two away, Brian Schales hit a double in the left field corner and tied the game at 1.
Jupiter took the lead in the fifth as Zach Sullivan drew a leadoff walk from Brady Bowen and got to second after Adeiny Hechavarria was hit by a pitch. Sullivan scored on an Angel Reyes single to give Jupiter the 2-1 lead. Matt Juengel walked to load the bases with nobody out. Bowen then struck out Geiger, got Kjerstad to ground into a fielder's choice that got the runner at home and got out of the inning with a Garrett strike out to keep it a one run game.
The Cardinals had a chance to tie it in the eighth inning as Randy Arozarena hit a one out single and got to third on a Drake double. Tyler Kinley intentionally walked Darren Seferina to load the bases with one away. Kinley then struck out Chris Chinea and got Young to ground out to get out of the jam.
Jupiter added two runs in the ninth on a Geiger triple to give the Hammerheads the 4-1 lead.
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