The Dash’s offense erupted for a season-high 20 hits Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid with a 15-6 blowout victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field.
The Dash (14-12) tied their season-high in runs with 15, which is one shy of the most in the Dash era (2009-present). The club’s 20 hits are the most in a single game by Winston-Salem since a 23-knock effort at Potomac on August 21, 2011. All 10 Winston hitters drove in at least one run, nine picked up at least one hit and six turned in multi-hit efforts. Only two position players failed to score at least one run in the contest, too.
Winston-Salem wasted little time in getting to Lynchburg’s Mark Pope (0-2). With the bases loaded and one out in the first, Courtney Hawkins hit a ground ball that could have been an inning-ending double play. However, an error left the door open for the Dash, who scored a pair in the frame.
Lynchburg (13-11) continued to struggle on the defensive end in the second, and Winston would take advantage. The Dash loaded the bases again, and Joey DeMichele hit what looked like a routine fly ball for a sacrifice fly. Robby Hefflinger dropped the ball, and everyone moved up a base with Brent Tanner scoring. Later in the inning, a Mark Haddow RBI groundout made it 4-0.
The bottom of the second saw the Hillcats’ only runs off Dash starter Justin Collop (2-2). Fernando De Los Santos singled to plate Matt Lipka for Lynchburg’s first run, and Ross Heffley then took Collop deep to cut the lead to one. That would be as close as Lynchburg would get.
After adding a fifth tally in the third, the Dash struck for four in the fourth. Chris Curley stayed hot with an RBI double, David Herbek came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly and Jeremy Farrell finished things off with a two-run bomb, his third of the season.
Lynchburg closed the gap back to four in the sixth inning, but Max Peterson was able to wiggle out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the lead intact. The Hillcats would not seriously threaten to rally for the rest of the contest.
In the final two innings, the Winston-Salem offense erased all doubt, with a run in the seven and eighth before posting another four-run frame in the ninth.
The Dash conclude their seven-game road trip Thursday night when they aim for a four-game series split with the Hillcats. Right-hander Bryan Blough (1-3, 5.67 ERA) will be on the mound for Winston-Salem, while Lynchburg will go with righty Navery Moore (1-3, 7.71 ERA). The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 on 600 AM WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05.
The Dash are expected to reach their one millionth fan sometime this month, and one lucky fan in attendance on that historic night will have a chance to win one million dollars. The Dash are back in town Friday night at 7 to begin a six-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark. For tickets, call (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.