Bradenton Marauders turn triple play, but fall to Fort Myers Miracle

June 9, 2013 

The Marauders (24-36) fell 5-4 on Saturday night at Hammond Stadium as the Miracle (41-18) clinched the first half division championship in the FSL South. Neither team scored over the final three innings of the contest. Fort Myers used a bout of wildness by Robby Rowland (L, 3-4) to score two first inning runs. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with nobody out. Kennys Vargas singled home a run, bringing Angel Morales to the plate. Morales grounded to shortstop, where Alen Hanson started a 6-4-3-5 triple play. Eddie Rosario rounded third and wound up tagged out, but not before the second run of the inning crossed. Rowland settled in to pitch perfect second and third innings, but Vargas and Matt Koch each doubled in the fourth and Jhon Goncalves added an RBI-hit to extend the Miracle advantage to 4-0. Tyler Duffey started on the hill for the Miracle. Duffey held the Marauders off the scoreboard through five innings despite allowing at least one hit in each frame. The sixth went south for Duffey however, as Willy Garcia and Carlos Mesa each struck for two-run homers to tie the game 4-4. Garcia now leads the Marauders with seven homers this season. Koch untied the game in the bottom of the sixth. With two down, he crushed a Rowland pitch out to left for his third homer of the year and the decisive run. Nelvin Fuentes (W, 1-1) got four outs to earn the win. Ryan O’Rourke earned a six-out save, his first of the season. Fort Myers will play the second half champion in the players. The Marauders have won two of the last three second half championships in the FSL South. The Marauders and Miracle wrap up their series Sunday afternoon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. The game begins at 1 p.m. with gates opening at noon.

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