Cal League Baseball: Inland Empire Stuns Lancaster with a 8-7 Ninth Inning Victory


Jahmai Jones Hits a Ninth Inning Homer to Jolt the JetHawks

By Inland Empire 66ers

Lancaster, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino had not won a game in which they trailed after eight innings all season…until Wednesday night at the Hangar in Lancaster. 66ers’ second baseman Jahmai Jones two-run homer to dead center in the top of the ninth inning catapulted the Sixers to an 8-7 win and improved the club to 9-4 against the JetHawks on the season.

The Sixers (27-26) trailed 2-0 heading into the fourth inning but got the scoring going when Brandon Marsh singled and eventually scored on a passed ball charged to catcher Brian Serven.

Later in the inning, Inland Empire first baseman David MacKinnon connected for a three-run homer against Lancaster (25-28) starter Heath Holder. It was MacKinnon’s first homer for Inland Empire and gave the 66ers a 4-2 advantage.

The JetHawks tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI grounder and sac fly. They took a 6-4 lead in the fifth when third baseman Alan Trejo launched a two-run homer to left against Inland Empire starter Jason Alexander. It was Trejo’s fifth of the year and came on his 22nd birthday.

Inland Empire chiseled into the lead in the sixth on Richie Fecteau’s RBI single scoring MacKinnon who had walked. In the top of the eighth MacKinnon delivered again as his single tied the game 6-6 as it scored Roberto Baldoquin who had doubled to open the frame against JetHawks righty Bryan Baker.

Lancaster pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth however when Willie Abreu singled, moved to second on a passed ball, third on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Serven’s second sac fly of the game.

In the top of the ninth Lancsaster gave the ball to closer Justin Lawrence (0-1), who had closed out the Sixers on Tuesday. Fecteau drilled a single to open the inning and Jones followed with his shot to center, his fourth of the year.

Max Cordy (2-1) finished the JetHawks off in the bottom of the ninth after allowing a one-out hit to Steven Linkous and a walk to Carlos Herrera. Cordy induced a pair of weak groundouts to finish of the J-Hawks.

The series concludes Thursday at 6:35 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.

Press Release Provided By the Inland Empire 66ers

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