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Miracle split with Hammerheads

May 11, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Jupiter Hammerheads salvaged a series split with a 3-1 win over the Fort Myers Miracle Saturday night at Hammond Stadium.

The Miracle began the scoring with a run in the first inning off Jupiter starter Austin Brice. Aderling Mejia and Travis Harrison began the inning with back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners. Jorge Polanco then hit a grounder to third. Colin Moran made a diving stop and threw out Polanco, but Mejia scored from third, 1-0.

Jupiter tied the game in the fourth inning. With one out, Austin Barnes doubled into left field. Coin Moran followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Jesus Solorzano then lifted a broken bat single into center field to bring in a run and tie the game, 1-1.

The Hammerheads took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Terrence Dayleg singled up the middle off Miracle starter Jason Wheeler. Then, Matt Juengel cranked a 1-1 pitch off the wall in right center for a triple to bring home Dayleg. The next hitter, Viosergy Rosa, grounded out to first to score Juengel and spot the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead.

After six innings allowing just one run on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts, Brice (3-3) exited the game. Jheyson Manzueta pitched a scoreless seventh in relief and Joseph O'Gara recorded the final six outs for his sixth save of the season.

Wheeler (2-3) was the losing pitcher despite giving the Miracle a quality start. Wheeler went 6.2 innings with three runs allowed on 10 hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

The Miracle are off Sunday, but travel to Brevard County for a four-game series beginning Monday.



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