LEBANON, Tenn. – Steven Calderon, Tyler Maskill and Manny Chavarria each drove in two runs, backing up a complete game from Ricky Winfield, in Lindsey Wilson’s 9-3 victory over Cumberland in the baseball series opener Friday afternoon here at Ernest L. Stockton-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Blue Raiders (14-17, 3-3 Mid-South) scored two runs in the third and fifth innings and four times in the sixth, taking control of the contest while Winfield (3-2) settled into a groove on the mound, retiring 11 straight in the middle innings. He also induced a pair of ground ball doubleplays, getting out of jam in the second inning and ending a Cumberland (22-9, 2-2) threat in the sixth.
The righthander allowed three runs on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Alex Salcedo posted three hits and scored twice from the leadoff spot while Seth Price singled, walked and scored two runs as well for Lindsey Wilson. LWC collected 13 hits in the contest and also took advantage of seven Cumberland walks.
Thomas Galart (6-2) struggled with his command in his roughest outing of the season, taking the loss. He gave up nine runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings, walking five and striking out three.
Carlos Moseley was 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Phoenix.
Cumberland plated the first run of the contest when Moseley was hit with the first pitch of the second inning. Nick Mira rolled a ground ball through the right side and Moseley took third on the play. Jared Schmidt grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay but Moseley scored for a 1-0 CU edge.
Lindsey Wilson loaded the bases in the third on walks to Price and Ben Heideman (a 10-pitch at-bat) as well as a bunt single by Salcedo, a miscommunication between Galart and first baseman Schmidt allowing the runner to reach. Steven Calderon lifted a soft single to rightcenter, plating two runs.
Maskill bunted the runners to second and third, but Oliver Baez’s soft liner up the middle was snagged by Galart and Jordan Gardner struck out to end the inning with the Blue Raiders ahead, 2-1.
Nick Sanders worked a leadoff walk in the fourth for LWC and Chavarria followed with a double to left. Sanders just beat the relay to the plate for a 3-1 Blue Raider advantage. Salcedo walked later in the inning and stole second with one out before a pop-up down the rightfield line by Heideman.
Schmidt made a nice running grab down the line and threw to the plate. Pinch-runner Zak Mizell bluffed going but Salcedo did not see the runner stop. Cumberland got Salcedo in a run-down and eventually Mizell took off toward the plate and was tagged out by Nick Mira for a 3-2-6-2 doubleplay to end the inning.
Lindsey Wilson added two more runs in the fifth, starting with a chopper over the middle by Calderon. With two outs Gardner dumped a double down the leftfield line, plating a run, and Sanders followed with a solid single to center for another RBI and a 5-1 LWC lead.
The Blue Raiders broke the game open with four runs in the sixth, with Price leading off with a single to center before a bunt single by Salcedo. Heideman then doubled off the wall in rightcenter, plating a run, and two batters later Maskill singled to center, scoring two more. Chavarria’s single to right later in the inning pushed across the final run of the frame, extending the LWC advantage to 9-1.
Moseley’s solo homer to left with two outs in the seventh ended the scoreless stretch for the Phoenix.
In the ninth pinch-hitter Hector Morales singled to right and Rayden Sierra doubled to deep centerfield before a lineout to center by Moseley scored pinch-runner Parker Ward, but that was all for the home team.
The two teams conclude the series with a Noon doubleheader Saturday.