After a three game road trip, the Trail Blazers returned home on Tuesday, but fell short to the Victor RailRiders, 8-3.
The first two innings went by quickly, but Victor would strike first in the third inning with a lead-off double by Landon Powell. He would score two batters later after an RBI triple from Stephen DiNicola. After going 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, DiNicola hit a two-run home run off Aaron Hedgecock to give his club a 3-1 lead. After taking the lead, Victor never looked back. The RailRiders scored three runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh.
DiNicola finished the game batting 3-for-4, just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Trail Blazers came off a 6-5 win in Amsterdam on Sunday and hoped to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Adirondack tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third after an RBI double from Kenny Collins scored Joe McHugh. Collins picked up another RBI in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Kyle Cunningham to tighten the gap, 3-2. Despite recording four more hits and scoring another run, the Trail Blazers were unable to close the gap and take the lead. Collins finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a stolen base, his ninth on the season; he leads the team in stolen bases.
Colin Johnston won his second game this season, and Aaron Hedgecock’s record decreases to 0-3 after the loss.
Adirondack stays at home on Wednesday to take on the Amsterdam Mohawks in a rematch of Sunday’s game. Victor returns home Wednesday to take on the Geneva Red Wings. The Blazers and RailRiders will next play against each other on July 19 in Boonville.
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