A grand slam off the bat off Bucks center fielder Nick Cardamone in the sixth inning helped punctuate a 10-0 victory over the Gwinnett Tides in a mercy rule-shortened eight inning game.
The lumber was swinging early and often for the Bucks, who tallied 10 hits on the 2015 Sunbelt Baseball League’s opening night. The Bucks scored a run in both the second and third before exploding for six runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth to seal the win.
Along with Cardamone’s slam, catcher Trevor Craport added two doubles and scored two runs, left fielder Will Johnson legged out a triple, and second baseman Andrew Knell and shortstop Deric Boone both knocked in a run apiece. The Bucks were also active on the bases with Cardamone and Boone both swiping second base.
The Tides threatened with four hits early, but failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position. Right fielder Armond Upshaw, catcher Jean Rodriguez, left fielder Jim Wagner, and second baseman Jesse Strickland all contributed a hit. Gwinnett left eight runners on base.
On the mound, Brookhaven starting pitcher Liam Henry avoided some early-inning trouble to stifle Gwinnett and allow no runs on three hits, three walks and a strikeout over three innings. Tides starter Michael Royal took the loss after giving up a pair of runs early, but was solid in his five innings. He gave up seven hits and struck out three.
Andrew Maxwell ultimately collected the win for the Bucks in relief of Henry by pitching three frames of one-hit ball after Brookhaven took the lead. Brad Schwartz closed the game out for Brookhaven by throwing two innings with no hits or runs allowed and striking out three.
Gwinnett pitcher Frank Warren threw two quality innings in relief for the Tides, leading his team with four strikeouts and allowing only one run. Brookhaven and Gwinnett will square off again on Wednesday, June 3 at Georgia Gwinnett College. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15.
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