Bats explode for eight runs in sixth, pushes Royals past River Bandits, 8-2

WINCHESTER – It seemed like another one of those nights for the Winchester Royals. Through 15 outs, the offense put a runner in scoring position every inning and could not cash in.

Until the sixth, where the Royals put eight runs on the board to snap its three-game losing streak and defeat the Woodstock River Bandits on Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field, 8-2.

“It was great because I’ve been waiting for it to happen all season,” Winchester manager Jacob Mays said.

Samyr Santos, in his first game back since straining his back, started the inning with a scorching line drive to center field. After Jordan Huntley worked a full-count walk, Domonic Peroni laid down a beautiful bunt towards the third base line and legged it out for an infield single.

That set the table for William Welsh. On the second pitch, he smacked a single into right field to drive in the opening runs of the ballgame.

“The guy was grooving me inside with fastballs and the umpire wasn’t giving it to him,” Welsh said. “Just basically pitch selection has been a big part of the game for me in the last couple days.”

Added Mays, “Will Welsh got big. When I brought him in here, we were counting on him to be a big contributor in our offense and he’s starting to come around now.”

The left-handed hitter is 4-for-7 with three walks and a pair of RBI in his last three games.

“Definitely being more patient. I’m used to being a first pitch swing, because they try to throw a first pitch fastball but they’re either picking up on it or I’m not swinging at the right pitch first pitch so I’ve just been drawing a lot deeper counts and kind of being more patient with my pitch selection,” Welsh said.

The next batter, Kaylib Hanson, greeted Austin Bissell out of the bullpen with a double that hugged the left field line to score two more runs, giving Winchester a 4-0 lead.

Lucas Oxendine followed up by drawing a walk, and later scored on a wild pitch. In the same at-bat, Joe Sadallah ripped an RBI triple over the head of Connor Wilson in center field to open up a 6-0 lead. After Sadallah scored on a balk, Aaron Palensky capped off the inning with an RBI double to the left center gap, pushing the Royals’ lead to 8-0.