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Rockers Prevail at Lancaster, 6-3

By Steve Shutt, 07/21/21, 11:30PM EDT

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Russell 3 hits, Cardullo homer propel Knapp to win

LANCASTER, Pa. – The High Point Rockers won their second straight over Lancaster, posting a 6-3 win over the Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Wednesday night.

               Stephen Cardullo drove in a pair of runs with his seventh home run of the season and Michael Russell added three hits including a pair of doubles to High Point’s 10-hit attack.  Daniel James earned his first save as a Rocker by pitching a three-up, three-down inning in the ninth.

High Point jumped on top in the fourth when Jerry Downs, Stuart Levy and James McOwen led off the frame with singles to load the bases.  Giovanny Alfonzo grounded to Lancaster second baseman Blake Allemand who tried to shuffle the ball to second but threw it away, allowing Downs and Levy to score and stake the Rockers to a 2-0 lead.

High Point went up 3-0 when Russell doubled to lead off the third and scored on a double by Downs.

In the bottom of the third, Cleuluis Rondon reached on a single and would score on a sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza to cut the High Point lead to 3-1.  The Barnstormers got another run back in the fourth when Kelly Dugan singled and Allemand hit a ground rule double.  Anderson De La Rosa then grounded out to short with Dugan coming to the plate to cut the lead to 3-2.

               In the top of the fifth, Russell led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Cardullo.  Downs was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Levy who flew out to left with Russell trotting home on the sacrifice fly for a 4-2 advantage. 

               The Rockers increased their lead to 6-2 in the seventh when Russell singled and Cardullo followed with his seventh homer of the year off the left field foul pole.

               The Barnstormers cut the lead to 6-3 with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

               Rockers’ starter Ricky Knapp went six innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six and walking none.  Knapp became the first four-game winner for the Rockers as his record moved to 4-3.

The Rockers and Barnstormers will conclude their three-game series with an 11 a.m. game on Thursday at Clipper Magazine Stadium.