'Tics Thwart Twilighters; Stars Shutout Twins
September 20, 2023 (Federal League Wire Service)
The Fort Lauderdale Atlantics moved past the defending league champion Sunrise Sunsets into first place in the Original Division race as the Oceaneers defeated the Twilighters, 4-1.
Will Delgado was the surprise starter for the 'Tics and he responded by hurling six strong innings. Delgado was charged with one run, unearned, on just four hits. Delgado walked seven and fanned seven. Nelson Alvarenga tossed a scoreless inning of relief and earned a save.
Alex Katz started for the 'Sets and suffered his third loss of the season after issuing seven walks, hitting a batter, and permitting one hit, all of which led to four runs in two innings.
After the Sunsets started the game by batting out of order, which led to Nick Cardona being called out despite being hit by a pitch, the 'Tics tallied three runs in the bottom of the first. Jovanny Felipe delivered a two run single and Raul Garcia had a sacrifice fly. A walk to Steven Walters, along with two wild pitches and an errant pickoff throw gave the Navigators a four run advantage.
Meanwhile, Delgado pitched in and out of trouble, with runners on base in each inning, but kept the Sunsets off of the scoreboard until the fifth. In the fifth, Brandon Hull drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild throw, and scored on a wild pitch.
Felipe's two hits led the Atlantics. Wyatt Stiles had two hits for the Sunsets. The 'Tics only managed three total hits, while the Twilighters totaled four.
The newly minted first place Atlantics have won three of their last four. The suddenly second place Sunsets, who committed four errors, have lost four in a row.
The Hollywood Stars captured their fifth consecutive win as they whitewashed the Hallandale Twins, 7-0.
Three Stars' pitchers combined on a five hitter. Dylan Brammer started and went four innings. Alex Sanabia got the win with three innings of one hit ball. Francisco Calderon started for the Fraternals and absorbed his third loss of the campaign after allowing two earned runs on four hits in just over one inning of work.
The Stars, who got two runs in the first, one in the second, and four in the third, were led by Eddie Llovera, Brett Fick, Stefan Leclerc, and Brammer who had two hits each.
The Twins, who lost their second straight, had their best chance to score in the second inning when Lazaro Amable led off with a double and went to third on a single by Joey Campbell, but Brammer retired the next three batters to escape the jam.
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