Aberdeen, MD- Will Benson drove in two runs in the first inning to give the Mahoning Valley Scrappers the early lead. Mahoning Valley would add on three more runs late and rode the arms of Sam Hentges and Felix Tati to a 5-1 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds. The win is the Scrappers tenth series win of the season.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Benson singled to right to drive home Nolan Jones and Oscar Gonzalez for the early 2-0 lead.
The scoring would halt for both sides until the top of the sixth inning. Simeon Lucas started the inning with a single. Austen Wade followed with a single as well. Then with one out, Jonathan Laureano singled to load the bases. Lucas would come in to score on a wild pitch with Mike Rivera batting to push the lead to 3-0.
In the top of the seventh inning Ernie Clement started the inning with a double. The extra base hit extended Clement's hitting streak to 21 games. Jones followed and connected on his third homerun of the season. The two run blast pushed the Scrappers lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Ironbirds would get their only run on an RBI single from Mason McCoy.
Sam Hentges started for the Scrappers and took a no decision in four dominant innings of work. He allowed just one hit while walking two and striking out six. Felix Tati (4-3) earned the win with five innings of relief. Tati allowed one earned run while scattering six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The Scrappers now return home on Friday night to host the Staten Island Yankees on another Fireworks Friday Night. Gregori Vasquez will get the start for the Scrappers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Call the Scrappers box office at 330-505-0000 to get your tickets or get them online at www.mvscrappers.com.
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