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Marauders Drop Series Opener Against Jupiter

August 22, 2023

West Palm Beach, Fla.--- The Marauders (29-20, 64-50) and the Jupiter Hammerheads (25-24, 60-55) for the opening game of a six-game series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Astros and Nationals, on a humid evening for baseball. Jupiter shot out in front in

West Palm Beach, Fla.--- The Marauders (29-20, 64-50) and the Jupiter Hammerheads (25-24, 60-55) for the opening game of a six-game series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Astros and Nationals, on a humid evening for baseball. Jupiter shot out in front in the first inning and never looked back as they rolled to a 7-2 victory.

Marauders starter Hung-Leng Chang made it through four innings, giving up two earned runs off five hits while hitting two batters and striking out four. Chang was handed a loss at night’s end, dropping his record to 1-2.

The Young Bucs loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with just one out. Still, they were unable to convert on the golden scoring opportunity. The Hammerheads were not shy to capitalize in the first when Ian Lewis tripled to leadoff the inning before he was brought home to score on a ground-out RBI off the bat of three-hole hitter Brett Roberts.

The home side doubled their lead in the second inning when Jordan McCants singled with the bases loaded to make it 2-0 as Chang was able to limit the damage in the inning.

A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth put Jupiter up 3-0, ending Chang’s night on the mound.

Bradenton’s offense hit back in the top of the sixth when Charles McAdoo singled with two outs before Deivis Nadal doubled to bring in the Marauders first run of the game, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, a two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Santiago put the Hammerheads up 5-1 with three innings to play.

The Marauders again showed they had some fight left in them when Lonnie White Jr. singled in the top of the seventh to pull back within three.

The Hammerheads added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to give themselves some room to breathe before a flyout in the top of the ninth sealed the 7-2 series-opening win for the FSL East division leaders.

Game two of the series is set for 6:30 on Wednesday night, with Owen Kellington expected to start for Bradenton.