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Bowie sneaks through Erie to reclaim top spot

ERIE, Pennsylvania – Back-to-back one-set wins have been rare for the Bowie Baysox this season, but they came at a key time, as Bowie kicked off his six-game streak with the Erie SeaWolves by winning Tuesday’s game 6-5. Erie had an early 4-1 lead, but Connor Norby uncorked another big game to help lead the charge.

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Norby was quick to set the tone, as the second batter of the game hit a solo home run to right field. Norby added a triple in the third inning but couldn’t score in the frame.

After a scoreless first inning from Brenan Hanifee, Erie tied the game in the second when Andre Navigato hit a two-out double in the left field corner. Things got even more out of control for Hanifee in the fourth inning when he allowed two first base runners and a three-run homer to Gage Workman.

With Erie holding a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, their defense failed to pitch starting pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long, committing back-to-back errors for a run to score. With two runners on errors, Norby hit his second home run of the day to center field, pushing Bowie ahead 5-4.

After a scoreless relief inning from Adam Stauffer, Erie tied the game similarly to the second inning, when Bryant Packard hit an RBI double to left field.
The opposing bullpen held the line at 5-5, as Yaya Chentouf and Adam Wolf worked no-hitter innings for Erie, and Nolan Hoffman (W, 2-1) shot two scoreless frames for the Baysox.

In the ninth inning, Cody Roberts lifted a brace to left field against Gerson Moreno (L, 2-2), and two wild pitches gave Bowie the go-ahead. With the new lead, Hector Perez (Sv, 2) retired the team in order to secure victory.

The series-opening victory pushes Bowie to 61-60 on the season and 34-18 in the second half.

By beating Erie, Bowie breaks the tie for first place in the Southwest Division, and they will have a chance to move up the standings, as the six-game series continues on Wednesday, with the first pitch scheduled at 6:05 a.m. pm