NORWICH, CT – The Staten Island Yankees bats came alive in the first game of a doubleheader with the Connecticut Tigers. The Yankees exploded to score 12 runs on 15 hits in the game, walking a total of seven times.
Junior Valera led the way with four hits, 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Jeff Hendrix went 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored while Griffin Gordon and Eduardo de Oleo each had 2 hits. Ryan Krill hit his first homerun and had 3 RBIs.
Staten Island started off early playing a run in the top of the first thanks to a Griffin Gordon double to center a single to right by Drew Bridges.
After the Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the first the Yankees would take the league for good in the top of the second. Brandon Wagner walked to start the inning then after two consecutive outs he stole second and scored on a line drive single to centerfield. Hendrix moved to second on the throw then came home on a single to center by Junior Valera.
In the top of the fourth inning Staten Island cemented their lead with a three run frame. Ty McFarland walked, then went to second on a single by Jeff Hendrix with one out. Both runners moved up 90-feet on a wild pitch. McFarland came home to score on a single to right by Junior Valera, also moving Hendrix to third. With Kyle Holder at the plate Valera stole second base and then came home to score along with McFarland thanks to a ground ball single to right field by Griffin Gordon.
Domingo Acevedo got the start for the Baby Bombers, his first for Staten Island. Over 3.1 innings he threw 64 pitches allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits and struck out 2 batters. Yoel Espinal followed him on the mound throwing 51 pitches over 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 4 batters.
The Staten Island Yankees added 3 more runs in the top of the fifth thanks to Ryan Krill’s first professional homerun, a 3-run shot that went over the right field wall and plated Eduardo de Oleo and Ty McFarland.
Staten Island tacked on an addition 3 runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out eff Hendrix singled and scored on a triple by Junior Valera. Valera then scored on a single by Kyle Holder. Back-to-back walks to Griffin Gordon and Drew Bridges loaded the bases for Eduardo de Oleo who lined a single to left.
Jonny Drozd pitched the last third of an inning for the Yankees, allowing 2 hits. The second game started 30 minutes after the first and had Derek Callahan on the mound.