Hillcats beat Winston-Salem 6-1 to win series

Hillcats beat Winston-Salem 6-1 to win series

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Brock Hartson went 6 2/3 innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts to help lead Lynchburg past Winston-Salem 6-1 Wednesday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game series.

The Hillcats offense used six extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs, to pick up the win and improve to 12-and-12 on the season.

Hartson (1-0) held the Dash to one run on five hits, all of which were singles.

Lynchburg's Ivan Castillo drove in the first two runs of the contest with a triple into the right-field corner. That brought home Yonathan Mendoza and Claudio Bautista, who had singled and walked, respectively. Winston-Salem’s lone run occurred on an RBI single by Danny Mendick in the fifth to cut Lynchburg's lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Andrew Calica singled and stole second base. Two batters later, Ka’ai Tom hit his first home run as a Hillcat over the right field fence to make it 4-1. In the seventh inning, Calica followed suit with a solo homer to right to stretch it to 5-1. The Hillcats got their final run with back-to-back doubles by Tom and Martin Cervenka to lead off the 8th.

Tom leads the Hillcats with 13 RBIs after racking up eight of them during the six-game homestand, raising his season batting average to .304 over the last week.

Lynchburg opens a four-game road series at Potomac Thursday night at 7:05.

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