RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- Mike Ballard threw eight solid innings to lead the Bowie Baysox to a 3-1 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond on Saturday night. The Squirrels fall to 34-33 on the season and fall back into third place in the Eastern League's Western Division.
Ballard and Clayton Tanner battled throughout the early innings and it was the Baysox breaking through first. Caleb Joseph took a Tanner offering deep to left for a home run to lead off the fourth inning to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. The Baysox added two more in the fifth inning when Ronnie Welty scored on a wild pitch and Greg Miclat's RBI single scored Carlos Rojas to make it 3-0. Richmond would get its lone run in the eight inning when Johnny Monell hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.
Monell's home run would be the only mistake for Ballard in the outing. The former Virginia Cavalier pitched eight-plus innings, giving up just the one earned run on three hits and striking out seven. He also did not walk a batter on the night en route to his second straight win. Tanner took the loss for Richmond, falling to 2-7. He lasted six innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits, walking one batter and striking out a season high eight.
Offensively, Nick Noonan led the Flying Squirrels, picking up two of three hits for the squad on the evening. Joseph was 2-for-4 for Bowie with the home run and a double.
The two teams will close out their series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm at The Diamond. The Squirrels will be in search of their fifth consecutive series win.