Royals thrash Woodstock in Game 1 of doubleheader
WINCHESTER -- Six runs in the first three innings was enough to propel the Royals to a pivotal victory over the Woodstock River Bandits in the opening game of a doubleheader at Bridgeforth Field on Friday evening, 10-2.
Winchester picked up a couple early runs from some situational hitting and some help from the defense. Julio Creazolla drew a walk to start the game, stole second and third base then came around to score from a ground out by Aaron Palensky.
Woodstock had a chance to answer, as Royals starter Hank Biggs allowed the first two batters to reach base in the ensuing half inning. Although, he struck out the next two batters and induced a pop fly to escape trouble.
In the second, with men on first and second, Royals manager Jacob Mays called for a double steal. Austin Adams attempted to get the trail runner at second, but overshot into center field. Samyr Santos rounded third and crossed the plate for the Royals' second run.
An inning later, the Royals loaded the bases with two outs for Samyr Santos. He took a two-strike fastball down the third base line for a two-RBI double.
The next batter, Masen Prososky softly lined a single to center field to score two more, and give Winchester a 6-0 lead.
After escaping the jam in the first inning, Biggs retired nine of the next ten batters before permitting his first run in the fourth. A double followed by a triple gave Woodstock their first run.
Prososky answered with another two-RBI single in the fifth, his third and fourth RBI of the contest. Again in the sixth, Winchester poured on with an RBI double from Ray Gil and a sacrifice fly from Chris Salvey, opening a 10-1 advantage.
The River Bandits added one more run, as consecutive two-out doubles cut the deficit to eight runs. Biggs went six full innings, permitting two runs on seven hits while striking out eight.
Desmond Grimes finished with a scoreless inning in the seventh to bring the Royals (20-20) back to .500.
Kody Gardere gets the ball in the night cap as the Royals look to clinch a playoff spot with a victory in game two.