High Point, NC – The High Point Rockers played their first ever double header on Sunday in what was a losing effort in both games. Despite a late rally and early lead, the Rockers couldn’t seal the deal at home.
After falling behind 8-0 in the 3rd inning, High Point scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning behind the bat of Josh Mazzola who hit a home run to bring in Stephen Cardullo. Brett Austin found himself knocking one past the right field wall for the second home run of the game for the Rockers. Giovanny Alfonzo and Tyler Ladendorf kept the rally going by hitting back to back doubles to make it a 4 run game. Unfortunately the comeback fell short and the Rockers dropped game one by a score of 8-4.
The winning pitcher of game 1 was Dallas Beeler, while Paul Clemens picked up the loss. Nicco Blank and Brian Clark combined for 4 innings of shutout baseball for the High Point Rockers in the closing stages of game one.
In Game 2 of the first double header at BB&T Point, Breland Almadova started things off for the Rockers with a lead off base hit in the third and advanced to second off a wild pitch from Mitch Talbot. Almadova was then knocked in off a single from Hector Gomez. In the Bottom of the 4th inning, Dante Bichette Jr. squared one up for a no doubt home run to left centerfield. Richie Shaffer also went yard in the bottom of the 6th to make it a 1 run game. Despite an early lead, the Rockers weren’t able to hold on, dropping game two by a score of 5-3.
The winning pitcher for game two was Jean Machi, with Joe Van Meter taking the loss despite a solid game on the mound.
The Rockers return to BB&T Point tomorrow at 6:30pm to take on the New Britain Bees for a three game series before an away stretch against the York Revolution and Somerset Patriots. To learn more about promotions and to become a part of this historic weekend, head over to HighPointRockers.com or call (336) 888-1000.
About High Point Baseball, Inc
High Point Baseball aka the High Point Rockers will begin their inaugural season in the Atlantic League in 2019 with their home opener schedule for May 2, in a brand new approximately $36M downtown ballpark named BB&T Point. Expected to enhance the rich baseball history in North Carolina, High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America. High Point Baseball is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Triad of North Carolina. Look for exciting upcoming announcements, including the team mascot. In addition, season ticket deposits are currently being accepted, while corporate partnerships are currently being crafted.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com