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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Sporting No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, left fielder Xavier Avery bats Monday, April 15, for the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium. The Baysox defeated the Erie SeaWolves 5-4.
Published on: Monday, April 22, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
Bowie Baysox left fielder Xavier Avery wore the number 42 on his jersey April 15 against the Erie SeaWolves to celebrate Jackie Robinson at Prince George’s Stadium.
Bowie opened its three-game home stand with a narrow 5-4 win against Erie. Starting pitcher Jacob Pettit was looking for his second win of the year, but he struggled through the first five innings of the game — allowing four runs and walking three batters.
Ty Kelly got on base in the first with a single to start the game in the right direction for the Baysox. Caleb Joseph would later single to right field and move Kelly into scoring position, and then Buck Britton delivered with a two out RBI single past the second basemen to go up by one.
The Wolves rebounded and struck back the following inning when Erie infielder Wade Gaynor hit a solo homerun on his third pitch to left field.
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Caleb Joseph hit a single to right field that put Ty Kelly in scoring position for the Baysox.
The seesaw match extended through the fifth inning after each team traded blows from a Joseph double in the third to bring in Kelly, and then Gaynor crossed home for the Wolves to tie the game once again at the bottom of the inning ,2-2.
Joseph increased the lead again after hitting a two-base knock to score Kyle Hudson, and Britton drove him home with a one out single to go up by two.
Joseph and the middle of the Baysox lineup were impressive throughout the majority of the game. Joseph had three hits on four appearances at the plate, scored two runs, and had two RBIs to lead his team offensively.
“It seems like we get a lot of hits from the middle, which shows from Britton, and Kelly had a good night. … Offensively we are just clicking right now,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said. “It seems like we are putting a lot of pressure on the starting pitchers.”
With one down in the sixth inning, Chris Petrini replaced Pettit. Unfortunately, he allowed two runs off of three singles to tie the game up , 4-4. However, Petrini settled down and found his groove to force Ramone Cabrera into a double play to end the inning.
“It’s never easy to come in with runners on base,” Petrini said. “Once we got out of it tied and scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, I came out for the seventh. Then I felt really comfortable with my windup and just attacked the zone. I knew if we could get us back into the dugout pretty quick it would get the momentum back on our side, and then we could roll through the rest of the innings.”
Erie pitcher Kyle Lobstein had a tough time getting through the following inning. Baysox catcher Brian Ward started a rally with a single to left field, and Lobstein was pulled after walking Hudson with only two outs remaining. Things didn’t get any better for SeaWolves relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt after the change. Weinhardt loaded the bases with two consecutive walks that in turn moved Ward across the plate for the Baysox to go up by one.
Erie was still in the game in the final inning, and the Wolves were not willing to go down without a fight. James Robbins slapped a single through the hole at second base with one out remaining. Marcus Lemon came in to pinch run for Robbins, and his speed was necessary to lead up to the final play of the game.
James McCann hit a shot deep to right field for a double, and the Wolves waived Lemon home. Aaron Baker rifled the relay throw to Ward for an pivotal play at the plate that led to the final out of the contest for a Baysox victory.
Petrini earned his first win of the season for the Baysox, and Chris Jones captured his first save of the season with three strikeouts on three innings pitched.
“That is a play that we worked in spring training,” Kendall said. “I’m just really glad that Baker was in position to make a great throw because Lemon had his wheels going from first to home. … If there is any delay right there, it’s a tie game and we are still out there. It was a great play.”