WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal) — Rain made Thursday night’s record-sized crowd at BB&T Ballpark wait for over an hour before first pitch.
So waiting a few more innings for Fourth of July fireworks was no big deal for the majority of the 7,576 in attendance.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans spoiled the festivities, beating the Winston-Salem Dash 8-5 in 11 innings.
The Pelicans blew it open in the 11th after Luis Sardinas doubled to start the inning, and moved over on a sacrifice bunt. Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch, and Trever Adams walked to load the bases.
Joe Maloney’s sacrifice fly scored Sardinas, and advanced Odor and Adams.
Myrtle Beach added a pair of runs on Drew Robinson’s double, which provided the final margin of 8-5.
The game went to extra innings after Courtney Hawkins scored a run to tie the game at 5 in the bottom of the ninth when Pelicans second baseman Edwin Garcia couldn’t field a Jeremy Farrell fly to centerfield.
Instead of allowing centerfielder Jake Skole to take the ball, Garcia attempted to make an over-the-shoulder catch.
Hawkins, who had been prepared to tag up, took off and scored the tying run easily.
Farrell and Kevan Smith each had two RBIs for the Dash.
The Dash had some fielding miscues of its own.
Joey DeMichele’s throwing error in the third ended a streak of 56 innings without an error for Winston-Salem. He added another fielding error in the fourth, and Hawkins committed a throwing error in the 10 th inning.
DeMichele’s rough night carried over to the plate as well as he struck out five times.
Dash starter Chris Bassitt went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits in a no-decision. Jarrett Casey took the loss for Winston-Salem, falling to 1-2 on the season.
Myrtle Beach starter Luke Jackson struck out eight over six innings and gave up three runs on four hits.
The loss drops the Dash to 0-3 at BB&T Ballpark on the Fourth of July, with back-to-back losses to the Pelicans. Last year’s Fourth of July game had previously set the attendance record of 7,285.
The Pelicans and Dash will continue the series tonight at 7 p.m.