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Squirrels reclaim top spot with ninth-inning victory

Richmond flying squirrelsThe Richmond Flying Squirrels scored twice in the ninth, finishing the game with a sacrificial fly from Brandon Martorano, to beat the Erie SeaWolves, 6-5, on Saturday night at the Diamond.

It was the third win of the season for the Flying Squirrels (32-24), who notched a series win over the SeaWolves (31-25) and broke a three-way tie at the top of the South Division standings. -west.

In the bottom of the ninth, Brendan White (loss, 1-2) charged with one out, allowing one hit and two walks. Mike Gigliotti was hit by a pitch to score the third base tying run.

Yaya Chentouf came on as a substitute for the SeaWolves. At 2-2, Martorano sent a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Matheny from third base to end the game.

The SeaWolves took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth. After a two-out walk by Cole Waites (win, 1-0), Dillon Dingler fielded an RBI single in the middle to give Erie a 5-4 advantage. Waites finished the night with a season-high four strikeouts in two innings.

The Flying Squirrels struck first in the first inning. With runners on first and third and no outs, Diego Rincones rebounded in a double play, but Gigliotti scored from third and gave Richmond a 1-0 lead.

The SeaWolves tied the game, 1-1, on a solo homer from Parker Meadows in the third inning.

Erie took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth when Dingler started the inning with a solo home run.

Franklin Labor doubled up and Robert Emery added a fifth-inning single to put the runners in first and third place. Gigliotti was knocked out on short notice and Labor scored on the play to tie the game at 2-2.

Quincy Nieporte restored Erie’s lead to 4-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Trailing by two runs in the sixth inning with a runner at the start, Tyler Fitzgerald homered two runs on the first pitch to tie the game, 4-4. It was Fitzgerald’s eighth home run of the season.

Richmond starter Matt Frisbee allowed four runs in six innings with four strikeouts.

Wilmer Flores had eight strikeouts when he started for Erie, allowing two runs and five hits over five innings.

The Flying Squirrels wrap up homestand Sunday afternoon with a first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. The team will celebrate Youth Baseball/Softball Day at the Diamond and the first 1,000 kids ages 14 and under will receive a replica Flying Squirrels “fauxback” jerseys featured. by Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU.

On Sundays, children 14 and under are invited to participate in a pregame game on the field from 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. presented by Nesquik. After the game, kids 14 and under are invited for Post-Game Kids Run the Bases presented by Richmond Family Magazine.

Right-hander Kai-Wei Teng (2-5, 5.58) will start for Richmond opposed by right-hander Reese Olson (3-3, 3.65) for Erie.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 804-359-3866 or at the Flying Squirrels box office.