OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Late inning rally lifts Old Orchard Beach Surge over the Puerto Rico Islanders on the Islanders first game as a franchise.
Puerto Rico took an early 1-0 lead when Surge Pitcher Erik Mozeika pegged Michael Heller to score Taran Tani. Surge came back to tie it in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mike Davis blasted a 425ft solo Home Run over the left field wall.
The game stayed tied until the 6th inning when the islanders got two runners on base with 2 outs and Shortstop Taran Tani singled up the middle to give the Islanders the lead.
Islanders Starting Pitcher Fabian Feliciano was pulled in the 7th inning after a lead off walk to Kevin Putkonen which started a rally for the Surge. Mike Davis stayed hot with his 3rd hit of the game and it was it for the Islanders as the Surge scored 5 runs in the 7th to take a 6-2 lead.
The Surge brought in Axel Cruz in the 7th and 8th inning who shut the islanders down and then Cosme Zapata closed it out for the first victory of the season.
Taran Tani was the Player of the game as he got a base hit up the middle and drove in a run as well as scoring a run and a stolen base.
“We played 7 good innings. We made 3 errors . It’s just one game but we left a lot of guys on base and did not execute. We need to be more patient at the plate as hitters and know the situations. But its ok, tomorrow is a new day and we will be ready.” – Dalphie Correa
Next game is Saturday night as the Islanders take on the Surge for the 2nd of 5 game series. Tickets are on sale at islandersprobaseball.com
Article By Empire Media