LANCASTER, PA – After an impressive victory Friday night, the High Point Rockers continued to leave their mark on the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Tyler Ladendorf and Myles Schroder led the charge for the Rockers, bringing a combined total of four runs in the Rockers 8-6 victory Saturday night.
Myles Schroder, who finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate, recorded his first home run on a two-run shot. That early 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third inning gave the Rockers confidence that helped power them through the contest. Stephen Cardullo brought Hector Gomez home with a sacrifice fly out to left field, giving the Rockers a 3-0 lead.
Cardullo would get his redemption from the early sacrifice fly, hitting a double on a line drive to left field. Cardullo's double would allow teammate Breland Almadova to bring in another run, giving the Rockers a 4-0 lead at the top of the fifth. Giovanny Alfonzo would hit a single to left field allowing Dante Bichette Jr. to bring in the 5th run of the night for the Rockers. Almadova and Ladendorf would bring in the final two runs of the night for the Rockers, giving them an 8-0 lead at the top of the sixth.
Just when things seemed to be all but over, the Barnstormers rallied. Caleb Gindl hit a line drive, allowing Dan Gamache to bring in the first run of the night for the Barnstormers. Devon Torrence scored on a sacrifice fly by Melvin Mercedes, putting two on the board for the Barnstormers. Zach Shank and Parker Morin scored on a double by Dan Gamache, making it an 8-4 ball game in the bottom of the ninth. In what was a last ditch effort by the Barnstormers, Caleb Gindl hit a home run, allowing Gindl and Gamache to score making it an 8-6 game.
Trevor Frank was granted the save, helping the Rockers hold on to their perfect record so far. Seth Maness (1-0) earned the win tonight, throwing for six innings and striking out five batters. Despite striking out six batters, Jake McCasland was handed the loss after allowing five hits and four runs.
The teams will continue their season-opening three-game set on Sunday at Clipper Magazine Stadium with a 1:00pm first pitch. High Point will continue their six-game road trip in Somerset, N.J. on Monday before coming home for their inaugural Opening Day on Thursday, May 2nd against the Sugar Land Skeeters at BB&T Point. That game starts a seven-game homestand with exciting themes and promotions throughout. Fans can slide to HighPointRockers.com or call (336) 888-1000 to learn how they can be a part of this historic weekend.