BATAVIA — The Muckdogs were one out away from sweeping a Wednesday night seven-inning doubleheader before the visiting Watertown Rapids turned in some late heroics to steal the show during an unlikely 3-2 victory in front of a lively crowd at Dwyer Stadium. The Rapids’ win in Game No. 2 snapped a 13-game losing streak and ended Batavia’s six-game home winning streak.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s nightcap, Watertown led off the frame with a double off the bat of Owen Parliament, who promptly exited the game in favor of pinch runner Eli Meredith. On a Michael Norton ground out, Meredith advanced to third and later came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of Connor Maxwell. The big hit also scored Anthony Manisero, who had reached via a walk, as Maxwell’s run-scoring base hit got by Muckdogs left fielder Daniel Burroway and rolled all the way to the wall. Manisero scored from first on the play to give the Rapids a 3-2 lead.
Watertown’s Aidan Maxwell went the distance on the mound, hurling seven strong innings while striking out six Muckdogs batters to lower his season ERA to 1.93 and earn his first victory of the season.
Batavia’s Carlos Rodriguez was hit with the loss after coming on in relief of Ryan Kinney, who allowed the leadoff double to Parliament before inducing the ground out off the bat of Norton and then exiting after 1/3 inning of work. Rodriguez went 2/3 of an inning, allowing one unearned run and striking out a couple of Rapids batters. Chris Isaac earned the start for Batavia and pitched three no-hit innings before allowing one lonely hit in the top of the fourth inning. Isaac struck out two batters and walked one to lower his season ERA to 2.25.
Batavia scored both of its runs within the first three innings, striking for one in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the third to take an early 2-0 advantage, but they could never build on it. Josh Leadem recorded both RBI for Batavia, knocking in Levis Aguila Jr. on an RBI single in the first inning then forcing in a run with a bases loaded walk in the third.
Batavia got out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, coasting to an 11-6 victory in the early evening matchup.
Aguila Jr. led the way for the ‘Dogs from the leadoff spot, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI to improve his season average to .556. Bryan Belo also had a big game, finishing 3-for-4 with a couple of runs scored and a couple of RBI, while Tyler Cannoe and Mike DeStefano also recorded multi-hit games.
Nolan Sparks picked up the win on the mound for Batavia, hurling three no-hit innings and striking out five.
Batavia is now 10-3 and will face the Newark Pilots on Thursday night at home. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium.