Short Season Thursday: Ceciliani with walk-off HR; Kingsport defense leads to loss; Akeel Morris is pretty good

SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Aberdeen Ironbirds 3- 10 innings

Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 2B, HR, RBI) took the Cyclones home in style as he homered in the bottom of the 10th, to cap off a wild comeback to defeat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 4-3.  Brooklyn (42-21) trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning, when an Aberdeen throwing error on an Jeff Flagg (2-3, RBI, 2 SB) steal attempt sailed wayward, allowing Cory Vaughn (1-2, 2B, 2BB, SB) to score.  Then leading off the bottom of the ninth, William Cherry  (1-4, HR, RBI) delivered a clutch game tying homerun, to tied the score at 3.  This set up Ceciliani’s walk-off blast to lead off the tenth.  Ceciliani (pictured) now bring his season totals to: .350/.405/.524.  Ceciliani leads the NYPL in batting average, runs, hits, triples, and total bases, and is in the top 10 in 4 other categories. 

A.J. Pinera with another solid start (6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 er, 1 bb, 6 K).  Pinera is now 2-1, 1.99 ERA in 9 starts for the Cyclones.  Johan Figuereo  (2 IP, 3K) pitched two perfect innings to pick up the victory.

Notes: C Blake Forsythe had a rough game all around, going 0-4, 2 K at the plate and allowing 2 passed balls, giving him 8 total in 25 games for the Cyclones.  With the victory, Brooklyn’s magic number to clinch the division title is down to 3.

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SS-R: Burlington Royals 6, @ Kingsport Mets 4

Kingsport (27-34) could not overcome a Burlington five run first inning, as their comeback fell short in the 6-4 defeat.  Michael Hebert (6IP, 6 hits, 6 runs, 1 er, 3 bb, 7 K) was let down by two Brandon Brown errors in the first, as all five runs in the inning were unearned. 

Chase Greene (2-5, 2B), Aderlin Rodriguez (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Albert Cordero (2-4, HR, RBI), and Nelfi Zapata (2-4) all had mutli-hit games for Kingsport.

 SS-R: @ GCL Nationals 5, GCL Mets 4

Two things we know about Akeel Morris so far, is that he has been tough to hit and he can miss bats.  Morris gave up only 2 hits and struck out 6, in his five innings of work, although he walked three and gave up three earned runs as well.  Morris has allowed only 13 hits in his  24 2/3 innings so far, holding opponents to a .148 BA.  Morris has also shown he can miss bats as well, striking out 28 in those 24 2/3 innings (10.2K/9).  The 17-year old Morris has been a pleasant surprise so far this summer.

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