Myrtle Beach Beats Hillcats 6-1 in Series Opener

Lynchburg - Myrtle Beach scored four runs in the first two innings off Lynchburg starter Lay Batista, and the Hillcats could never dig out of the early hole, falling to the Southern Division leaders 6-1.Sam Wolff (5-3) earned the victory after tossing five scoreless innings in which he held Lynchburg to a pair of hits while striking out three. Both hits were doubles, but Wolff did not allow a hit to the final 13 batters he faced. Kyle Wren doubled in the first inning and proceeded to steal his 27th base of the year, which moved him into a tie with teammate Jose Peraza for the best mark in the Carolina League. Will Skinner hit a double to left field in the second inning, but the Hillcats did not break through on the scoreboard until the sixth. With a new pitcher on the mound, David Nick led off the sixth inning with a line-drive single to right off of Cody Ege. After a fielder's choice put Levi Hyams on first, Kevin Ahrens hit a double into the left-center field gap for his 26th RBI of the season, one shy of Daniel Castro for the team lead. Myrtle Beach padded its lead in the ninth with a two-run triple by David Lyon, which drove in Williams and Preston Beck. Lynchburg saw Skinner and Edison Sanchez reach in the ninth with walks, but both runners were stranded to leave the final score at 6-1. The Hillcats will look to even the series when Greg Ross (4-1, 2.61) takes the mound against Jason Knapp (0-1, 2.57) Wednesday night at 7:05.