Palm Beach Cardinals score two in eighth, beat Bradenton Marauders 2-1


Bradenton Marauders pit her Adrian Sampson warms up at the start of Tuesday's game against the Dunedin Blue Jays at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald


An early tally did not stand up for the Marauders (26-30) on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The Palm Beach Cardinals (32-27) plated two runs in the eighth off Adrian Sampson (4-8) to steal a 2-1 win. Sampson carried a shutout into the eighth, striking out four and walking none. In the eighth, Sampson retired the first batter on a grounder to third. Charlie Tilson lined a pitch into the glove of Sampson, but the ball squirted loose for an infield single. David Popkins and Jacob Wilson followed with consecutive doubles for a 2-1 lead. The Marauders scored their run in the first on an erratic play by Palm Beach. Gift Ngoepe led off the game with a walk against Sam Gaviglio. Benji Gonzalez put down a sacrifice bunt to third, which was thrown away into right field by Patrick Wisdom. Popkins booted the ball in right for a second error on the play, allowing the run to score. Corey Baker (W, 2-2) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Dean Kiekhefer, who won Friday’s game with two scoreless innings, pitched a scoreless ninth Saturday to earn his seventh save.

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