Errecart Homer Lifts Huntsville Again

Charlie Fermaint and Taylor Green slug homers to lift Brevard County. West Virginia loses 4-3 but maintains two-game lead.

Huntsville

Alexandre Periard worked six strong innings and first baseman Chris Errecart homered for what proved to be the deciding run as the Stars (21-24) posted a 4-2 victory over Mississippi.

Errecart's only hit was his blast to center with one out in the sixth, making a winner of Periard (1-2), who allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out four and walking two. Patrick Ryan, Dave Johnson and Juan Sandoval each registered scoreless innings, with the latter gaining his 15th save.

Lead-off hitter and left fielder Michael Brantley returned to the lineup and went 2 for 4 to lead the offense, which also received doubles from shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Martin Maldonado.

Brevard County

Manatees' pitchers registered their second shutout in the past three games as they knocked off Vero Beach, 3-0.

Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress (4-6) ended his personal three-game losing streak, working the first six innings while allowing only one hit. The flamethrower struck out only two and walked five.

Mike McClendon gave up two hits in two innings and Casey Baron recorded his fourth save by pitching the ninth.

Center fielder Charlie Fermaint's homer, his sixth, to lead off the game proved to be the game-winner, and third baseman Taylor Green's 13th, a two-run blast, added insurance in the fourth.

Brevard County (18-24) managed only five hits, two of them by Green, who increased his RBI total to 68.

West Virginia

The Power scored three times in the second inning, but that was all they could muster in suffering a 4-3 setback to Delmarva.

Third baseman Matt Cline, left fielder Lee Haydel and shortstop Eric Farris ripped consecutive run-scoring singles, but West Virginia (30-15) couldn't do anything else with its other six hits.

Farris and Haydel each finished with two hits, but the Power didn't have any extra-base hits.

Evan Anundsen (10-5) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings. Roque Mercedes and Corey Frerichs combined to strike out six and allow two hits in five scoreless innings.

Helena

The Brewers made it interesting after trailing 7-1 but came up short, 7-5, against first-place Billings.

Michael Vass contributed a double and a three-run homer, his seventh, to lead Helena's offense, but the host still fell to 3-6.

John Delaney and Brock Kjeldgaard also knocked in runs.

Starter Rico Salmon (1-1) got the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. Nick Tyson then gave up six hits and two runs in 3.2 innings with four strikeouts.


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