Saturday Double Header
Taking on the Humboldt Crabs in a doubleheader June 22, the Neptune Beach Pearl looked
to regain momentum in the series against their league rivals. Game 1 saw the Pearl score
early in the second with Justin Castro hitting an RBI single and Marquise Gill scoring in an
earned run, but the Crabs would quickly come back in the bottom half of the inning to make it
2-1. The top of the third saw John Williamson homer to make it a 3-1 Pearl lead, his first home
run of the season. The Crabs would come roaring back, however, scoring two in the bottom
of the fourth, and picking up four more in the sixth. the seventh inning saw the Crabs take a
commanding lead, scoring eight runs and making it a 15-3 game. Despite a last minute
comeback attempt in the ninth where the Pearl scored two more runs, they would ultimately
drop game one of the DH 15-5.
Game 2 kicked off just a little bit later, with the Pearl looking to turn the day around. The Crabs
were aiming to spoil any comeback attempts, however, as they scored four runs in the top of
the first to take an early lead. Derek Nakasato had a sacrifice fly in the third to put the Pearl on
the board, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep the Crabs at bay, as Humboldt would add two
runs in the third and another in the fourth. In the fifth, Nakasato came up big again with an RBI
single, and Myles Babbitt added to the score with a RBI fielder’s choice. Once again, though,
the Crabs answered back, adding two more of their own in the fifth. The game would ultimately
end after the sixth due to darkness, with the Pearl suffering a 9-3 loss, continuing their four
game losing streak.
Sunday Game 4
Looking to turn things around and get a win, the Neptune Beach Pearl faced off against the Humboldt Crabs one last time in the regular season. As has become their custom, the Pearl bats got hot early, scoring four runs in the top of the first with a grand slam off the bat of Anthony Pitsch. The Crabs picked up a run themselves in the bottom of the inning, and scored two more in the third. Justin Castro extended the Pearl lead with an RBI double in the
fourth, but the Crabs added two to make it a tie game at 5-5. a sac fly from Casey Burns gave the Pearl a slim lead, but the Crabs would once again respond and score two in the bottom of the sixth. To keep themselves alive, the Pearl tied it up in the top of the eighth with Myles Babbitt's RBI single and the game would go into extra innings. Humboldt would ultimately come out on top, scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of the tenth to end it 8-7.
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