A night after coming away with a one-run victory, the Montgomery Biscuits left no doubt about who was going to be the victor on Sunday, pounding out 16 hits, including 4 homers, in their 13-3 drubbing of the Shuckers. Nick Solak and Brandon Lowe each homered and drove in 3 runs, and seven different players in the Biscuits lineup had at least one RBI. That loss was the fifth in the last six games for Biloxi.
The Montgomery Biscuits got things going, scoring single runs in each of the first four frames. In the top of the first, it would be Ryan Boldt that would put some thunder into a Wade Miley offering. After the Biloxi starter retired the first batter of the contest, Boldt turned on a pitch, drilling it over the left field wall for his first homer of the year.
An inning later, Dalton Kelly led off the inning with his first home run of the season. That made it 2-0.
In the top of the third, Michael Russell started the frame with a drive to the wall in right field that he legged out for a triple. After Boldt was hit by a pitch, Wade retired the next batter on a pop out, before getting Brett Sullivan to ground out. However, Russell scored on the play to extend the lead to three.
In the fourth, it would be Brandon Lowe’s opportunity to go deep. He led of the inning with his second homer of the year and it was 4-0.
The Biloxi Shuckers would finally get on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Back to back singles by Jake Gatewood and Blake Allemand started the inning. Zach Lee retired the next two batters, but Dustin Houle delivered a clutch two out single to score Gatewood, cutting the deficit to three.
It would stay 4-1 until the seventh when both teams would get on the board. In the top half of the inning, Russell led off with a double before Russell reached on an error. With runners at first and third with no one out, Nick Solak homered over the left field wall to make it 7-1.
The Shuckers responded right away. In the bottom of the frame, Houle singled to start the inning. Two batters later, Troy Stokes, Jr. hit his second homer of the year over the left field wall to make it 7-3.
It would stay that way until the ninth, when the Montgomery Biscuits would blow the game open. Solak was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Sullivan and Dalton Kelly then drew walks to load the bases with no one out.
Wulder Rodriguez came on but he would get lit up. Lowe greeted him with a single into center that scored two runners. Nathan Lukes followed with a double that scored Kelly with the third run of the inning. After a sacrifice fly brought home Lowe, Mac James drilled a sharp single to center to put runners at the corners. A groundout scored Lukes before Boldt brought home the final run of the ninth with a double. In all, six runs scored and 10 men came to the plate.
Brandon Lowe finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a homer, and 3-RBI for the Biscuits. Nick Solak scored 2 runs, homered and drove in 3, while Michael Russell was 3-6 with 2 runs scored, a double, triple and RBI. Ryan Boldt also scored 2 runs and drove in 2 more. The Shuckers were led by Dustin Houle, who was 2-3 with a run and an RBI, and Troy Stokes, Jr. who scored a run, homered and drove in 2.
Zach Lee (2-0) tossed an outstanding game for Montgomery. He threw 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, a run, and 2 walks, while striking out 2.
These two teams will meet for the third game of this series tomorrow. J.D. Martin (0-3, 8.25) will be looking for his first win of the season for the Biscuits. Zach Brown (0-0, 5.63) will also be looking for his first win. Game time is 6:35.
By Robert Pannier