In the final clash of the series, the Lexington Counter Clocks showcased their dominance with a resounding 12-3 triumph over the Staten Island Ferry Hawks on a pleasant evening at the ballpark. The Counter Clocks' explosive offense, led by a grand slam from Thomas Dillard, proved too much for the Ferry Hawks to handle.
From the first pitch delivered by Patrick Ledet, it was evident that both teams were prepared for a battle. The Ferry Hawks kicked off the scoring action in the top of the first inning when Brandon Pugh executed a bunt single and subsequently stole second base. However, Ledet and the Counter Clocks' defense quickly shut down any further scoring opportunities, leaving the Ferry Hawks empty-handed.
Responding swiftly, the Counter Clocks wasted no time establishing their presence. Ronnie Dawson initiated the fireworks with a flyout, but Manuel Geraldo electrified the crowd with a powerful blast, sending the ball sailing over the right-field fence for a solo home run. JC Encarnacion followed suit with a well-placed single to right field. Although a double play ended the inning, the Counter Clocks had already secured a 1-0 advantage.
Undeterred by their early deficit, the Ferry Hawks fought back in the third inning. Mikey Edelman kick-started the rally with a mighty swing, launching a home run to left-center field. Brandon Pugh's single and stolen base put him in scoring position, and Jack Elliott's walk loaded the bases. Angel Aguilar capitalized on the opportunity, delivering an RBI single to left field. Yet, the Counter Clocks managed to escape the inning with minimal damage, limiting the Ferry Hawks to just one run.
As the game progressed, the Counter Clocks launched an offensive onslaught that would leave the Ferry Hawks reeling. The fifth inning proved to be a pivotal turning point, as the Counter Clocks capitalized on every opportunity presented to them. Ronnie Dawson's ground-rule double and Manuel Geraldo's single set the stage for JC Encarnacion's walk. Then, Dillard stepped up to the plate and unleashed a grand slam to right-center field, sending the fans into a frenzy. Not to be outdone, Connor Owings followed suit with a solo home run to right field, further extending the Counter Clocks' lead.
Despite their best efforts, the Ferry Hawks couldn't muster a significant response. The Counter Clocks' pitching, led by Ledet, stifled their opponents, shutting them down in key moments and denying them any chance of a comeback.
With the game well in hand, the Counter Clocks continued to pile on the runs, showcasing a relentless offense. A flurry of hits, including doubles from Thomas Dillard and Connor Owings, propelled them to a commanding 12-3 lead, leaving the Ferry Hawks in a state of desperation.
In the end, the Counter Clocks' dominant performance proved insurmountable for the Ferry Hawks. Ledet's strong outing on the mound, combined with an explosive offensive display, propelled the Counter Clocks to an impressive victory. The Counter Clocks now look ahead to their next matchup with Frederick, riding the wave of confidence generated by this commanding win.