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New Britain Captures Series Opener, 5-2

Jared James snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth, sending the New Britain Bees to a 5-2 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers Friday evening at New Britain Stadium.

The loss came in the opener of a seven-game road swing for the Barnstormers, who dropped 8 ½ games behind Sugar Land in the Freedom Division.

Kyle Davies (3-2) was locked in the 2-2 dead heat going into the bottom of the sixth.  He retired Alejandro De Aza on a dribbler to the third base side of the mound before falling on hard times. Jason Rogers singled up the middle.  Bijan Rademacher lined out to deep right center for the second out, but Jonathan Galvez kept the inning alive with a double off the left field wall.  That set up James, who hooked a 3-2 pitch from Davies into right field for the deciding blow.

Davies, unable to extend his streak of quality starts to six, surrendered nine hits and four runs in seven innings.  He walked one and struck out four.

The Bees added an insurance run in the eighth on Deibinson Romero’s RBI double, the fifth two-base hit of the night for New Britain, to the alley in left center off Matt Marksberry.

Lancaster opened the scoring in the first when Dan Gamache tripled to the warning track in left and came home on a wild pitch.  Alexi Amarista tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom of the third, but the ‘Stormers regained control as Joe Terdoslavlich clubbed his seventh homer of the year over the boards in left.

The lead was short-lived.  Rademacher tied the game with his own blast in the bottom of the inning.

Christian Friedrich (3-1) carried the lead through the seventh inning, allowing six hits and two runs total.  Jim Fuller worked the eighth and started the ninth, giving up a leadoff single to K.C. Hobson there.  Jose Rosario took care of the final three outs, two on strikes, for his third save.

The Barnstormers send Jared Lakind (0-1) to the hill on Saturday evening against right-hander Cory Riordan (3-3).  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.

NOTES:  Michael Martinez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games…Gamache is 11-for-17 in his last four games…The Terdoslavich homer was his first on the road and Lancaster’s first right-handed homer hit to left field on the year…Overall, it was only the team’s fourth on the road in 14 games…Other than the two runners that scored, the Barnstormers did not get another to third base.