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Lightning Drop Shortened Game to Sanford

Lightning Drop Shortened Game to Sanford

LEESBURG, Fla. -- In Leesburg, nothing goes together quite like Independence Day and Lightning baseball. The Lightning (11-14) and Sanford River Rats (14-12) squared off under the lights and fireworks. 

 

Due to lightning delays and the postgame fireworks show, the game was shortened to a five inning contest. 

 

The two runs scored by the River Rats were all that was needed. A sacrifice fly from Jarrod Cande (Florida Southern) got the scoring started. Francis Villaman (Florida International) later singled to give the Rats an early 2-0 lead. 

 

The Lightning also got on the board early. Max Law (Embry-Riddle) singled home Robbie Scott (North Florida) to cut the deficit in half for Leesburg. 

 

Both offenses were extremely quiet after the first, with each team failing to score for the remainder of the game.

 

The River Rats sat the Lightning down in order in the fifth to escape with the 2-1 win.

 

Sam Bennett (Chicago) was a bright spot for the Bolts, as he pitched two innings and faced the minimum. He struck out two as well.

 

The Lightning outhit the River Rats, 6-3. However, walks doomed the Lightning pitchers. A hit by pitch and two walks helped the Rats score two early runs, despite only recording two hits in the game. 

 

The Lightning finished the first half of the season with an 11-14 record. They will be back in action on Monday, following the All-Star break, to face the DeLand Suns at Pat Thomas Stadium.



Standings

Team W L PCT GB
Diamond Dawgs 31 7 0.816 ---
Suns 29 13 0.690 4
Lightning 22 18 0.550 10
River Rats 21 18 0.538 10.5
Scorpions 8 31 0.205 23.5
Squeeze 6 30 0.167 24

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Batting Leaders

T Mathis
Name AVG
Mathis 0.325
Cox 0.313
Law 0.231
Scott 0.170
C Cox
Name HR
Cox 8
Pillsbury 5
Law 3
Clark 2
C Cox
Name RBI
Cox 32
Law 28
Clark 19
Pillsbury 17
T Mathis
Name SB
Mathis 17
Law 13
Scott 10
Pillsbury 9

Pitching Leaders

D Kelley
Name ERA
Kelley 4.14
Foster 6.96
D Kelley
Name W
Kelley 5
Foster 2
Hancock 2
Knight 1
D Kelley
Name K
Kelley 46
Foster 45
Wilmer 22
Asghar 21
J Wilson
Name WHIP
Wilson 0.98
Knight 1.08
Asghar 1.46
Kelley 1.46