BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Marauders secured their 10th come-from-behind victory of the season, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to roll past the Brevard County Manatees by a 10-3 score on Thursday night at McKechnie Field.
Every Marauders starter recorded at least one hit in the win.
The Manatees (10-10) plated two runs in the first inning against Tyler Waldron, but could not maintain their momentum against the righty. Waldron settled in and did not allow another run in six innings.
After scoring an unearned run in the second inning, the Marauders tied the game in the fifth with three straight hits off Taylor Jungmann. Mel Rojas Jr. drove home the tying run on an infield single the Jungmann deflected. Rojas Jr., Gift Ngoepe and Dan Grovatt all had three hit games. Grovatt's hitting streak now stands at 15 games.
With two outs and nobody on in the sixth, the Marauders bats exploded for five straight hits of Jungmann. The Manatees' starter yielded 13 hits and finished the game with 18. A two-RBI single by Rojas Jr. chased Jungmann with the score 6-2.
Bradenton (13-8) scored once in the seventh and three times in the eighth, including Ngoepe's eighth home run of the season. Eliecer Navarro pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Waldron. Zach Foster allowed one run in the ninth to finish the game.
Kawika Emsley-Pai went 2-for-3, recording his first multi-hit game of the season. Justin Howard went 2-for-3, including a two-RBI triple. Alex Dickerson was a relatively quiet 1-for-5, but doubled for the 20th time this year.
Game three of the series will be played Friday at McKechnie Field. The season series now stands even at three wins apiece. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.