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Blown call sinks Hillcats late against Delmarva, 4-3

Lynchburg Hillcats (WSET)
Lynchburg Hillcats (WSET)
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The Lynchburg Hillcats dropped a heartbreaker to the Delmarva Shorebirds by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night.

Lynchburg (29-24 second half) fell behind early, as Delmarva (23-29 second half) capitalized on a Hillcats throwing error in the first to take a one nothing lead. Stiven Acevedo then added an RBI single, plating Tavian Josenberger for a 2-0 lead.

The Hillcats responded quickly in the bottom of the inning, as Guy Lipscomb drove a triple off the wall in right field. The three-bagger came with the bases loaded, sending home Angel Genao, Maick Collado, and Jose Devers for a 3-2 lead.

Pitching dominated the middle innings, as the score remained the same into the 7th. Delmarva broke through in the top half, as Jake Cunningham grounded into a force out at second, with the Hillcats unable to turn a double play. Mac Horvath scooted home from third to tie the game, then Jalen Vasquez added an RBI triple of his own for a 4-3 lead.

Lynchburg, however, came close to tying the game after the stretch. With one out, Pres Cavanaugh sent a ball down the right field line. Hustling around first, Cavanaugh slid into second base ahead of the throw, but base umpire Frank Jones called Cavanaugh out, to the surprise of the 2,138 fans inside Bank of the James Stadium. Hillcats manager Jordan Smith was ejected quickly after questioning the call. Angel Zarate followed with a walk, then raced to third on a C.J. Kayfus single that would have brought Cavanaugh home. However, Genao grounded out to second base, killing the Hillcats last rally.

The loss drops Lynchburg to a three game deficit behind first place Carolina in the league's Northern Division.

The final game of the season between these two squads will take place on Sunday afternoon at Bank of the James Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.

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