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-Legends Take Series Opener, 7-5

By High Point Rockers, 08/10/21, 10:30PM EDT

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High Point late comeback not enough

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Lexington Legends came from behind to post a 7-5 win over the High Point Rockers Tuesday night at Truist Point.

High Point overcame an early 2-0 deficit to go ahead 3-2 in the fourth but the Legends scored in each of the final three innings to take the victory.

Lexington’s Ben Aklinski led off the game with a home run to left to stake the Legends to a 1-0.  High Point starter Bryce Hensley retired the next two hitters before giving up a double to Courtney Hawkins.  Michael Choice flew out to end the inning.

Hensley then got into a groove, retiring the next eight hitters before Hawkins doubled with one out in the fourth.  Michael Choice followed with a double to score Hawkins and advanced to third on an outfield error to give the Legends a 2-0 lead.

High Point scored three times in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.  Lexington starter Henry Owens walked Jerry Downs and Stuart Levy to start the inning.  James McOwen slapped a single to left to score downs before Giovanny Alfonso drew a walk to load the bases.  Jay Gonzalez hit a ground rule double to right center to plate both Levy and McOwen.

Lexington regained the lead in the seventh when Omar Artsen walked and Chris Fornaci hit a two-run homer for a 4-3 Legends advantage.  Lexington pushed the lead to 6-3 in the eighth, scoring twice on a pair of singles and two errors.

The Rockers were able to pull within one run in the eighth when Jared Mitchell reached on an infield single and was followed by Field with a base hit.  Michael Martinez then hit a two-run double to make it a 6-5 game.  Lexington added a run in the top of the ninth when Chris Fornaci scored on an infield out by Roberto Baldoquin.

Hensley (4-6) took the loss after throwing seven innings and striking out six while allowing four runs.  Jeff Thompson (2-1) earned the win in relief while Austin Adams was credited with the save.

Martinez and McOwen each had a pair of hits for the Rockers while Aklinski finished with three hits for the Legends.

The Rockers and Legends continue their three-game series on Wednesday with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. at Truist Point.