Senators Win Fifth Straight, 7-2, over Bowie

The Harrisburg Senators overcame a season-high five errors and missed scoring opportunities to defeat the Bowie Baysox, 7-2, for their fifth consecutive victory. Harrisburg starter Austen Williams earned his first win of the season after both teams sat out an 82-minute rain delay to start the game. The victory also evened the Senators’ record at .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 20.

“We found a way to get it done and when you make five errors but still find a way to win. It’s a testament to those guys,” manager Matt LeCroy said.

Bowie used two Harrisburg errors in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. After a single by Jeff Kemp, Senators’ catcher Spencer Kieboom bounced a pickoff throw that deflected off Kemp’s helmet into the stands and moved the baserunner to third base. A fielding error by Stephen Perez extended the inning and scored Kemp to give Bowie the one-run advantage.

Harrisburg (20-20) would even the score in the bottom of the second as Kieboom lifted a sacrifice fly to left-center field to score Chris Bostick and advance Zach Collier to third base. The next batter, Shawn Pleffner, fisted a ball into shallow left field to score Collier and give the Senators a lead they would never relinquish.

The Senators’ fifth and sixth batters in their lineup, Bostick and Collier, teamed up again in the fourth inning to produce another run as Bostick led off with a triple and Collier plated the run with a grounder through the drawn-in Bowie infield. An inning later, Harrisburg added to their lead when Isaac Ballou came through with his second triple of the night to score Wilmer Difo from first base.

Bowie would get a run back in the sixth inning, but Williams (1-5) would hold the Baysox bats at bay to pick up the victory. Williams had his best and deepest start of the season as the right-hander worked into the seventh inning allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three. The outing of 6.1 innings was the longest of Williams’ career.

“We didn’t make the plays behind him, but he did a good job staying in there and not keeping his head down,” LeCroy said.

Faced with a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, LeCroy called on Nick Lee out of the bullpen. The southpaw was up to the challenge as he struck out Henry Urrutia and induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice to keep the Senators’ margin at two runs. LeCroy put it bluntly, “That was a big spot.”

Lee came back out to work a perfect eighth inning striking out two before deferring to Koda Glover in the ninth.

The Senators’ 12-hit attack was highlighted by Bostick going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Collier chipped in with three hits while Kieboom and Perez added two RBI apiece as the Senators tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Senators look for their sixth win in a row on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Harrisburg will send Jaron Long to the hill against Bowie’s Parker Bridwell.

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