AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the Aguada Explorers today in what would be a historic game in the Empire Professional Baseball League.
The RedBirds scored 11 runs in the top of the 3rd inning and batted around started by Nazario Cruz reaching on base by an error. A triple by Armando Valentin, single by Anthony Wiggins, double by Michael Deeb, single by Raul Shah, single by Dale Urquhart, and 6 runs later, the RedBirds were back up to the top of the lineup. This is where history in the league was made. Armando Valentin came up to bat and hit another triple in the same inning being the only player in history to do so. They would end up scoring 11 runs in the inning taking an 11-0 lead.
The long wait for RedBirds Ace may have gotten to him as he went from cruising through the first two innings to giving up 5 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd to a fighting Explorers team. Parker Franklin led things off with a double to left center and would score on a single by Bronson Pulgados. Tyler post would double later on in the inning and an error by the RedBirds shortstop kept the inning alive to allow the 5 runs to score.
This wouldn’t be it for the Explorers as they would tack on 4 more runs the following inning making the game 11-9 and right back in it. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the team rallied for 2 runs to tie it on a single by Marc Culmer who would drive in Ryan Rivera and Samuel Carter.
The Explorers would then take the lead in the 6th inning scoring 1 run on yet another double by Tyler Post making history in the league once again by having the biggest comeback for any team in league history.
However, the RedBirds would not go out quietly. The team fought back to take the lead that they had lost with doubles by Armando Valentin and Michael Deeb. Valentins double made him just a home run shy of making history with the league as the only player to hit for the cycle. But a ground out in the 8th inning eliminated the chances for that to happen.
Paulino Harrington added to the RedBirds scoring late with a monster blast to deep left center field for his first professional home run.
This game was one to remember as one of the wildest games played in the Empire League and a fantastic job by both teams to show character and fight until the end. The RedBirds reliever Cody Pamperin earned the win while Robert Brown was credited with the loss and Damian Boyum earned the save.
Both teams will battle it out again tomorrow for the last game of the series at 930am in Rincon, PR
Article by Empire Media