PRINCETON, WV- Boosted by a 12-run fourth inning, the Princeton Rays (15-9) opened their series against the Burlington Royals (15-10) with a 12-5 victory on Tuesday at H.P. Hunnicutt Field.
The Rays sent a team-record 16 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring 12 runs on seven hits, four walks, two hit batsmen, and one Royals error. Ten of the 12 runs in the frame were notched with two outs.
The offensive barrage began as center fielder Emilio Gustave was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the Rays first run. The scoring continued on a RBI-groundout by shortstop Adrian Rondon. Later in the frame, a single by catcher Rafelin Lorenzo scored two and a double by right fielder Eleardo Cabrera in his second at-bat of the inning cleared the bases, which had again been full with Rays. Cabrera scored on a single by left fielder Oscar Rojas, and the final runs of the inning scored on a Rondon single and a double by second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz.
In all, Davis led the team with three hits on the night while Cabrera and Rojas added two apiece. Both Cabrera and Rondon also notched three RBI in the victory.
On the mound for the Rays, starter Resly Linares pitched five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and striking out three. The Dominican-born left-hander picked up his second win of the season for his efforts.
Princeton relievers Reign Letkeman and Dalton Moats pitched three and one scoreless innings, respectively, to close out the game for the Rays.
The Rays will look to continue the momentum on Wednesday in the second game of the series versus the Royals beginning at 7 p.m. at H.P. Hunnicutt Field.
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