Missions' Bats Wake Up

SAN ANTONIO, TX: The Missions put together a patchwork pitching staff to earn a 6-4 victory as their offense scored more runs than they had in the previous four games combined.

"We just weren't hitting and the balls weren't falling our way," said Missions' manager Rich Dauer on San Antonio's offensive woes this season.

"It's important to remember that winning a championship is nice at this level but the main thing is to get better every day and we are doing that."

The Missions used five different pitchers tonight but the best performance of the night was turned in by former Santana High School star James Needy, who started the game on short rest and had his best outing of the season.

"I just kind of winged it today," Needy said on his performance tonight. "I found out I was going to have to go a few innings at 11 AM on a text message and just tried to follow what JJ [ Jimmie Johnson, the Missions' pitching coach] always says don't worry so much about humping it up, but keep the ball down.'

Needy threw three innings and faced only one over the minimum allowing no hits, striking out two and walking one.

Second baseman Casey McElroy,first baseman James Hagerty and right fielder Yeison Ascencio all had three hits each on the evening as the Missions bats may finally start emerging from their 40 inning scoreless slump.

"Our hitting coach Frank Morales told us they knew how hard we were working and to just keep grinding because it is a long season and its going to come," said McElroy, the former Auburn star who pulled his average up to .200.

The Missions came into the game hitting .169 as a team with runners in scoring position and Ascensio, who had a big RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning, hadn't driven in a run since opening night.

Mission Notes: Although catcher Austin Hedges grounded into a pair of double plays, both were well hit, just at the wrong person. Hedges also had a solid at-bat in the eighth inning when his deep fly ball to right field advanced Hagerty to set up Ascencio for his RBI.

Tonight's six run output was the most runs that San Antonio has scored since the third game of the season.

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