FREDERICK, MD – The Ghost Hounds suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday, as a 14 run ninth inning by High Point epitomized what was a rough night overall, falling 22-2.
Spire City jumped out in front in the first inning when Jose Marmolejos took starter Justin Nicolino deep to right field, a blast that measured at 469 feet for Marmolejos’s 18th home run of the year.
Quincy Lattimore evened the score with a solo home run of his own in the third inning, taking Ghost Hounds starter Zac Rosscup deep to left field.
The first four of the fifth inning reached for High Point which plated four runs, which featured a Beau Taylor RBI single and three run home run from Zander Wiel.
With two gone in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Dedelow took a close pitch for ball four and stole second base, his 20th swipe of the year. He then scored on an Osvaldo Abreu single, swimming under the tag at the plate to make it 5-2.
That score held until the eighth inning, when Quincy Lattimore went deep again, this time a three run shot that put the Rockers up 8-2.
Then the ninth inning happened. High Point scored 14 runs, and even forced Scott Kelly to enter the game as a pitcher. The runs came on: a Michael Martinez RBI single, DJ Burt double, Ben Aklinski two run single, Zander Wiel hit by pitch, Dai Kang Yang fielder’s choice, Brain Parreira two run double, a Martinez single, a Burt single, and finally an Aklinski grand slam. In total, 17 Rockers came to the plate in the frame, with Scott Kelly recording the final two outs on a flyout and groundout.
The Ghost Hounds did not score in the bottom half, falling by a 22-2 final.
They will look to bounce back and even the series on Sunday at 1 PM when Matt Reitz starts opposite of Mickey Jannis.