Muckdogs Lose Back-to-Back Exhibitions Games during USA Homestand

After a commanding 4-0 victory on Saturday, June 3rd, in front of a large crowd
against the Niagara Power, the Muckdogs went into a two-game stretch against
opponents in the NYCBL. Batavia hosted the Mansfield Destroyers for the second time
this season, as they lost 13-3 in a crossover matchup back on June 7th.

On Sunday, Batavia struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first after a
Blair Frederick RBI triple and Trevor Dean crossing home after an error by Mansfield
catcher Blake Murray. Caden Walton and Frederick would both score due to a two-RBI
single off the bat of third baseman Ethan Sarmiento to create a four-run lead.

Nathan Hinkley would allow his first runs on the contest in the fifth as Bryce
Porter would drive in two runs to make it a 4-2 ballgame. The Destroyers would tack on
eight runs in the sixth inning, putting Batavia down six runs erasing their early lead.

As always, the Muckdogs like to make things interesting down the stretch,
responding with two runs of their own after Mansfield added one more in the eighthand
three more in the ninth. Down 11-9, Mansfield’s closer Matt Kahn shut the door getting
the last three outs to secure the win.

Shifting into Monday’s action with the Syracuse Salt Cats, both teams agreed that
the friendly matchup would just be seven innings due to both teams running low on
pitching. Kyle O’Neill got the nod for Batavia as the Felician University right-hander
tossed three scoreless innings while striking out six.

Trey Bacon would enter in relief and allow the games only to run in the fourth as
right fielder Carter Huffman hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt Rinaldi. Abner Benitez
would have two of Batavia’s four hits in the game, as there were only a combined seven
hits for both teams.

Even though Batavia dropped two straight, neither game will count towards their
regular-season records or to their individual stats. Tuesday’s game against the Geneva
Red Wings will count as it is the final night of the USA Homestand at Dwyer Stadium.
Batavia currently sits at 12-14 and is tied with the Red Wings (13-15) as they are seven
games back for the first place Jamestown Tarp Skunks in the West Division.

The Muckdogs will then travel to Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls in a
matchup with the Power before facing the Elmira Pioneers three days in a row from
Thursday to Saturday. Elmira has lost five straight games and is just one game over
.500, meaning if Batavia wins against Geneva and takes two out of three against the
Pios, they could be in second place.

First pitch for Tuesday night’s game is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Dwyer Stadium.
It can be viewed on Youtube Live by subscribing to “BataviaMuckdogBaseball.” Make
sure to follow our Twitter @BataviaMuckdogs, Instagram @Batavia_Muckdogs, and like
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