Winchester snaps winning streak, falls to Front Royal
FRONT ROYAL – Despite cutting Front Royal’s lead to 4-2, the Royals allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh that led to an eventual 6-2 loss to the Cardinals at Bing Crosby Stadium on Tuesday night.
Evan Richardson got the start and held his own through six innings. He scattered eight hits and four runs (three earned) while striking out six in the loss.
After pitching to two batters over the minimum through his first three frames, Richardson allowed his first run in the fourth. Consecutive doubles from Andrew Burden and Alex Briggs resulted in the first run of the game.
In the fifth, a sacrifice fly from Brady Ballstadt and an RBI groundout from Burden pushed the Cardinals’ lead to three runs. Front Royal put up their fourth unanswered run with another sac fly from Brandon Krennrich to open up a 4-0 lead before Richardson exited the game.
In the ensuing at-bat, Winchester strung together three hits including a two-RBI single from Masen Prososky to cut the deficit in half. Although, Front Royal got both runs back in the bottom half of the frame. The Cardinals greeted Desmond Grimes out of the bullpen with an RBI groundout from Sam Little and a run-scoring single from Kendall Small to bring the lead to 6-2.
Winchester put a runner in scoring position in the eighth, but did not bring him across. A clean ninth inning from Matt Blair sealed Front Royal’s league-leading 18th win of the season.
Winchester (14-13) returns to Bridgeforth on Wednesday to host Waynesboro (16-13). In their last meeting, the Royals erased a four-run deficit in the late innings to defeat the Generals, 8-4. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.