Potomac Sweeps Doubleheader over Lynchburg

Lynchburg - Potomac swept the Hillcats in a doubleheader Wednesday night, extending Lynchburg's losing streak to 7 and knocking the 'Cats back to third in the Carolina League's Northern Division, out of the wild card for now.

Lynchburg lost game one 8-1 and was then shut out in the nightcap 3-0. The Hillcats fell to 7-12 this season against the Nationals. In the first contest, Potomac used a pair of home runs to break the game open. Randolph Oduber hit a two-run homer in the first inning for his sixth of the season. Isaac Ballou followed with a three-run homer in the second to give the Nationals a 5-0 advantage. Potomac added a run in each of the fourth and sixth frames on RBI doubles by Pedro Severino and Brandon Miller and tacked on a final run in the seventh.

Lynchburg only posted three hits in the twinbill opener, but two of them came in the seventh inning to generate a run. Justin Bloxom hit a leadoff double, and Will Skinner doubled him home for his 50th RBI of the year. Kevin Ahrens hit his league-leading 37th double earlier in the contest in the second inning.Wes Parsons (4-6) suffered the loss in the first game after allowing six runs on seven hits. Dakota Bacus (5-6) only surrendered one run and three hits in 6.1 innings.

In the doubleheader finale, Potomac plated an unearned run in the first inning after Renda reached on a throwing error by Ahrens and scored on a double by Shawn Pleffner. The Nationals added one in the second thanks to an RBI double by Craig Manuel. Potomac's final run was unearned when Norfork walked and advanced to second on a pickoff error by Lucas Sims. Miller hit a double to right field, and the Nationals led 3-0 the rest of the way.Sims (7-10) took the loss despite his eighth consecutive quality start. He has a 1-3 record during that span. The Hillcats only registered four hits in the second game, three of which came from Jose Martinez, who went 3-for-3 with a double to improve his batting average to .329.