Connor Overton gave the Lancaster Barnstormers his second straight standout performance on Thursday evening.
Thanks to Destin Hood’s four-RBI night, he was rewarded with his first win.
Overton (1-0) fired seven shutout innings, yielding only four singles in pitching the Barnstormers to a 7-1 victory over the host Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Park.
With the win, the Barnstormers pulled to within 6 ½ of both York and Sugar Land in the Freedom Division chase with 38 games left on the schedule.
In all seven of Overton’s innings, the right-hander worked with two outs and the bases empty. Only once did he allow one of the first two batters to reach in an inning – Craig Massey on a ground single through the right side to lead off the fourth. With Massey on the move, Justin Pacchioli attempted to bunt a 3-2 pitch and popped it up, leading to a quick double play.
Pacchioli singled and stole second base with two outs in the sixth, becoming Somerset’s only runner to reach scoring postion in Overton’s seven innings of work.
Hood singled home Caleb Gindl with a grounder off third baseman Rey Navarro’s glove in the third, the only run in the first five innings off Zack Dodson (0-1). Lancaster added two more in the sixth. Walks to Andrew Aplin and K.C Hobson around a single to center by Hood loaded the bases. Michael Martinez picked up one run with a lined single that just sliced past Will Kengor’s glove in right. The next two batters bounced into 3-2 force plays at the plate, but Martinez was able to streak around and score when catcher Yovan Gonzalez returned Parker Morin’s grounder back to first, just missing the double play.
After Somerset spoiled the shutout with Michael Crouse scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth, the Barnstormers salted the game away. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Gindl crashed a double to right center. Joe Terdoslavich followed with a single to right center for a 4-1 lead. Aplin walked for the fourth straight plate appearance, and Hood hammered a three-run homer down the left field line.
The Barnstormers open a three-game weekend series in York on Friday night. Left-hander Jared Lakind (5-5) will make the start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Duke von Schamann. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.
NOTES: Aplin has hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games…He has walked in seven of his last eight plate appearances…Hood has 25 RBI in his last 18 starts…Terdoslavich had eight hits in the series…Overton threw the Barnstormers’ ninth quality start in the last 12 games…Lancaster outscored Somerset, 17-6, in the series but only won two of the three games.