The Lynchburg Hillcats broke a tie with five runs in the seventh inning to pull past Winston-Salem 8-3 in Sunday’s series opener at Calvin Falwell Field.
The Dash (2-2, 32-41) evened the contest in the top of the seventh. Keon Barnum led off the frame with a double, and Grant Buckner singled to put runners at the corners. Omar Narvaez did push home Barnum, but he did so on a double play.
In the home half of the inning, Lynchburg (2-1, 36-37) did not miss out on its chance for a big inning. The Hillcats strung together six consecutive hits, including four consecutive run-scoring doubles. Levi Hyams’ RBI single capped the five-run frame, the third inning of five or more runs against Winston-Salem over the last two games. Right-hander Kyle Hansen (3-4), who blanked the ‘Cats in the fifth and sixth, gave up four of these runs.
Winston-Salem seized the momentum early with a pair of unearned runs in the opening frame. Tim Anderson doubled on the first pitch of the contest, and Jacob May followed with a bunt single. The duo scored on a passed ball and throwing error, respectively.
The Hillcats bounced back in the second on Will Skinner’s leadoff home run. His RBI double in the third capped a two-run inning, and Lynchburg would enjoy that lead until the seventh.
In his first outing in two weeks, Dash righty Tyler Danish logged a gritty four innings en route to a no decision. He surrendered three runs on seven hits, but the second-round pick did strand five runners, four of whom were in scoring position, to keep Winston-Salem in the contest.
Lynchburg hurler Cody Scarpetta (1-1) shined in his second Carolina League start. He held the Dash to three runs (one earned) over seven innings. Nate Hyatt recorded two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to preserve the win for the home team.