BOWIE – The rain did not slow down the Bowie Baysox’s momentum as they smashed 13 combined hits to defeat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-4 on June 13.
After a 41-minute rain delay, the Baysox (27-37) came out firing in the bottom of the first, with back-to-back hits, leading to infielder Rylan Bannon’s single to drive in a run. The next batter, outfielder T.J. Nichting crushed a low single past the pitcher’s mound that smacked off the second base bag into center field. The ball’s direction confused the New Hampshire infield and allowed Bowie to drive in a second run before the end of the inning.
After hitting a walk-off home run against the Fisher Cats (28-35) the night before, outfielder Yusniel Diaz did it again. He connected with a darting hit that bounced off the advertising board beyond the left field wall for a three-run home run. In the home series against New Hampshire, Diaz finished with three hits and five RBIs.
Playing designated hitter in the series finale, Bowie’s Ademar Rifaela collected his 500th professional hit with a line drive with the bases loaded. The triple gave the Baysox an 8-0 advantage in the fourth inning.
Pitcher Marcos Molina retired his first 12 batters before allowing a hit in the fifth inning. However, the Dominican Republican right-hander struck out five batters and only allowed five hits in seven innings pitched to collect his fourth win of the season.
The one negative mark on his good day was surrendering a three-run home run to former University of Maryland infielder Kevin Smith in the seventh inning.
The Baysox would add their ninth run in the eighth inning when Preston Palmeiro connected with an RBI double into left-center field. The hit’s distance allowed enough time for catcher Carlos Perez to run home from first base.
As the rain returned for the final two innings, the umpire waved to continue the game, as the majority of the 1,430 fans in attendance watched in the concourse. A fielding error by center fielder Ryan McKenna allowed the Fisher Cats to add a run before popping out to end the game.
With the victory, the Baysox win their fifth straight game and sweep the Fisher Cats for the first time since 2012.