AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 14, L'VILLE 2
1-2, t-3rd in West division
Toledo's offense woke up from winter hibernation Saturday night springing the Mud Hens to their first victory of the season- a 14-2 win over Louisville. Chris Shelton returned to April form and went 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBI and a solo home run (1) in the fourth inning. With the Tigers last season, Shelton hit a club-record ten home runs in April. Timo Perez also added a solo home-run (1) for the Mud Hens. Perez finished 3-for-6 with three runs. Third baseman Michael Hessman had five hits and three runs for the Mud Hens who combined for eighteen hits. Ramon Santiago went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run, Ryan Rayburn had a double and two RBI and Brent Clevlen had a triple, an RBI and three runs. Clevlen's triple propelled a seven-run 'Hens sixth inning. Right-hander Dennis Tankersley (1-0, 1.80 E.R.A.) allowed only one earned run in five innings pitched and had three strikeouts and one pickoff. The Bats (2-1) will host the Mud Hens in the fourth and final game of the series Sunday at 6:15 p.m. at Louisville Park. Yorman Bazardo is scheduled to take the mound for the Mud Hens in his first outing of the season.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE vs. ALTOONA, PPD: SNOW
0-0, t-2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves game against the Altoona Curve was postponed due to inclement weather and poor field conditions. No make-up date has been announced. The SeaWolves are off tomorrow. They will play the Binghamton Mets on Monday April 9 at 6:35 p.m. The scheduled starter for the SeaWolves is RHP Dallas Trahern.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers LAKELAND 3, TAMPA 1
2-1, t-2nd in West division
While snow and rough weather hamstringed scheduled games for West Michigan and other similar teams, the Lakeland Flying Tigers managed to take the lead in their series against Tampa and starting pitcher George Kontos, with Luke French getting the nod for Lakeland starting pitcher. French notched his first win of the season by striking out four batters in five innings of work, surrendering no runs. Michael Hernandez provided the early run support with his bat, as he blasted a home run for the second night in a row. By game's end, all three runs were batted in by Hernandez. The Flying Tigers have Easter off but will return to Tampa on Monday to finish off the series at 7 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – DAYTON 8, W. MICH. 7
0-1, t-5th in Eastern division
West Michigan spent most of Saturday evening playing catch-up at Dayton before falling behind for good on a wild pitch by Phil Napolitan in the eighth inning as the Whitecaps went on to lose 8-7. The 'Caps scored three runs in the first on a hit batter, two errors and a double, only to give up four runs in the bottom of the inning. West Michigan tied the game twice but could never take the lead. Gorkys Hernandez had three hits including two doubles and three RBIs, Santo De Leon had three hits, an RBI and two runs and Ryan Strieby hit a solo home run and scored two runs in the losing effort. The Whitecaps will have Sunday off before their home opener Monday, April 9 at 6:35 p.m. versus Lansing.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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