The Lancaster Barnstormers hosted the Somerset Patriots Baseball in the first game of their series. The Barnstormers started the night two games back of first place, with three games to go.
Knowing they need to win the rest of their games for the first half, they came out swinging. Three runs in the first started the slate as the Barnstomers scored 9 runs early with home runs by Weber (4) and Halton (19) that lead the way. The game became interesting as the Patriots scratched and clawed their way back with 7 runs and having the bases loaded with no outs late in the game.
The pitching by Hively (27) worked his way out of trouble in an emotional inning, as frustrations worked their way into the game. As the news came across that the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs lost their lead to the Long Island Ducks and eventually lost their game, the Barnstormers got back into a grove and closed the game out with stellar pitching by Carter (29).
This puts the Barnstormers within a game of the Blue Crabs for first, which means if this situation holds out, there will be a one game playoff in Southern Maryland to see who clinches the first spot into the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball playoffs at the end of the season.
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