Valiero, Romero lead way in 9-2 rout
The Scrapper offense took a bite out of the Auburn Doubledays Saturday night, using a pair of three run innings to help secure a 9-2 victory.
They didn’t waste a lot of time getting the offense rolling. Logan Vick walked and stole second with one out in the first, and was promptly singled home by Charlie Valerio to take an early 1-0 lead. Valerio came up big again in the third, singling to right field with a pair on to collect his second and third RBIs of the contest. He then came around to score without the benefit of a hit, advancing around the bases on an error, fly out, and wildpitch to make it 4-0. Valerio had a big day, finishing 3-4 with a double, four RBIs.
Starter Jacob Lee certainly appreciated the early support. Lee only pitched three innings, and gave up five hits, including a base hit to lead off every inning he worked. But he was able to work his way out of trouble each time, and exited with the four run lead intact.
Auburn was able to dig into the lead a little against reliever Geoffrey Davenport, picking up a run in both the fourth and fifth. In the fourth, Davenport put himself in a jam, walking two and hitting a batter to load the bases with one out. Then he induced a groundout but traded a run, as the Doubledays cut the lead to 4-1. In the fifth, Chris Marrero singled with runners on first and second to score another run.
The Scrapper offense continued to add on, though, making sure a comeback was out of the question. They tacked on a fifth run in the fifth inning when Logan Vick scored on an error to make it a three run game. Then, if there was any doubt, it was erased by Juan Romero in the sixth. With two men on, Romero drilled his team-leading seventh homerun of the year to make it an 8-2 game.
That was plenty for the Davenport and Robbie Aviles, who each pitched a scoreless two of the final four innings. If they needed any insurance they got it in the eighth, when Logan Vick and Charlie Valerio ripped back-to-back one outdoubles to run their lead to 9-2. Vick’s two doubles on the day were his first two of the year, and his three runs scored doubled his season total.
Davenport picked up the win for the Scrappers, improving to 2-3 on the year. Auburn starter Brett Mooneyham took the loss. The Scrappers will now look to earn a sweep in the short two game set Sunday before they return home for All-Star game at Eastwood Field Monday.
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