Winchester Royals split doubleheader with Covington Lumberjacks on the road

COVINGTON – The Winchester Royals settled for a split in its doubleheader with the Covington Lumberjacks on Sunday night at Casey Field. An offensive surge led to an 8-4 victory in Game 1, whereas a costly error allowed Covington to walk-off in the nightcap, 5-4.

Game 1

Winchester took Game One of the two seven-inning games thanks to three-run home runs from Domonic Peroni and Kaylib Hanson.

Peroni’s came with two outs in the second on the first pitch from Michael Stout to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. Covington answered in the third. Colt Webb issued a walk to Max Law, who came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, Hanson delivered his three-run jack to give the Royals a 6-1 lead. Winchester poured on another in the fifth when Samyr Santos drove in Masen Prososki with a sac fly. An error Peroni in the bottom of the frame allowed a run to cross, making it 7-2 after five innings.

In the seventh, the Royals added insurance with a sac fly from William Welsh. Ruben Ramirez entered in the seventh. Although permitting two runs, he recorded the final three outs.

Webb went four innings and was charged with one earned run on four hits, while issuing five walks in his first win of the summer. Hank Biggs and Trent Sidwell both worked hitless innings of relief. Prososky went 3-for-4, Aaron Palensky and Chad Feely went 2-for-3. Hanson and Peroni each finished 1-for-3 with three RBI.

Game 2

Looking to send a 4-4 stalemate into extra innings, Will Guay loaded the bases with a single and consecutive walks, giving Covington a chance to end the game. Royals manager Jacob Mays went to Bryan Whitacre out of the bullpen to record the final two outs of the frame.

Benny Serano sent a routine fly ball to Chad Feely at shortstop, who initially dropped the ball. Although, he collected the ball and fired it to home to record the force out. Whitacre induced another pop fly, this time near the middle of the infield. Feely called for the ball, and dropped it again, allowing the winning run to score to give Covington their second walk-off win in three games.

That was Feely’s second error of the game, who also drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, lacing a double to give Winchester a 4-3 lead. After Ryan Fitzgerald hit an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, the Royals failed to answer in the seventh before Covington walked off.

Before that, Winchester held a 3-0 lead through four and a half innings. Domonic Peroni drove in the opening run of the ball game with an RBI single in the second. In the fifth, Aaron Palensky doubled the lead with an RBI single, and came around to score on a wild pitch to give the Royals a three-run cushion.

However, that lead quickly disintegrated in the fifth when JD Mundy clubbed a three-run home run, his fifth of the season.

Evan Richardson got the nod in the nightcap, and went 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking three. Three double plays aided the jams he experienced in the early innings before allowing the home run to Mundy.

It was encouraging to see the offense string together 12 runs on 18 hits in 14 innings of play tonight. Although, there were four errors committed in the field.

With the split, Winchester sits at 3-7 on the year, which is five games back of first place in the North Division. The Royals return to Bridgeforth on Monday, as they host the Strasburg Express. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.

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