AUBURN, NY (WYTV)- It only took the Mahoning Valley Scrappers three games to find their offense this season. After back to back low scoring losses, the Scrappers on Sunday afternoon erupted for 14 runs while banging out 15 hits. Emmanuel Tapia and Luke Wakamatsu combined for six hits and five RBI to lead the Scrappers to a 14-3 win against the Auburn Doubledays.
Tapia got the scoring started in the top of the second inning when he launched his second homerun of the season, a solo shot, for a 1-0 lead.
The Doubledays would answer right back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Scrappers would then waste little time taking the lead back for good with a five run third inning. Tapia again would deliver for Mahoning Valley with a two run double. Alexis Pantoja also doubled home a run. Making his professional debut, Jonathan Laureno added an RBI single.
Mahoning Valley put the game away with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Wakamatsu started the inning with his first of two doubles. A fielding error would put Tapia on base as well. Both would come around to score on Logan Ice’s first professional hit, a two run double. An RBI sacrifice fly from Laureno pushed the Scrappers lead out to 9-2.
The Doubledays would cut into the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the seventh inning the Scrappers added on two more runs. Mitch Longo doubled to drive in a run. Longo would also score on a Silento Sayles double.
In the top of the ninth inning the Scrappers would get two more runs on a fielder’s choice and a Nate Winfrey sacrifice fly to push the score to the final of 14-3.
Juan Hillman (1-0) got the start and earned his first win of the season. Hillman went six innings while scattering five hits. He allowed three runs, all earned. Hillman struck out five without walking a batter.
The Scrappers (1-2) and Doubledays (2-1) continue their series on Monday night at 7:00PM from Falcon Park in Auburn, NY. The Scrappers return home on Saturday, June 25th for Bo Pelini Bobblehead night and YSU night. Call the Scrappers box office at 330-505-0000 to get your tickets.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS