A night after a later error led to the Biloxi Shuckers losing to the Montgomery Biscuits, 3-2, the Shuckers were not going to give the home team the chance to stay in Friday night’s contest, dominating the game., 7-3. Troy Stokes, Jr. had 2 hits, including his first home run of the year, and drove in 4 to lead the Biloxi offense, while Nick Ramirez tossed two shutout innings to earn the victory.
After a scoreless first inning, both teams would plate a run in the second. In the top half of the inning, Trent Grisham led off with a single up the middle and moved to second when Blake Allemand followed with a base hit to right. A walk to Dylan Moore loaded the bases. That brought Jake Hager to the plate, who grounded into a double-play, but Grisham scored on the play to give the Shuckers the lead, 1-0.
In the bottom of the frame, Dalton Kelly and Nick Solak delivered back-to-back singles with one down. Kelly later scored on a balk and the game was tied at one.
In the bottom of the fourth, Montgomery took the lead. Zack Brown struck out the first two batters of the inning, but Solak kept the frame alive with a double to the wall in center. A balk moved the runner to third and he scored on a single to right by Nathan Lukes to make it 2-1 Biscuits.
The Shuckers responded right away in the top of the fifth to tie the score. Hager was hit by a pitch to start the inning and had to come out of the game. Wendell Rijo came on to run and moved to second on a base hit by Corey Ray. Zach Lee came out and was replaced by Dalton Moats. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, before Troy Stokes, Jr. grounded out to score Rijo, tying the game.
It would stay tied until the seventh, when the Biloxi Shuckers would take the lead for good. Austin Wright came on in relief and walked Rijo and Ray to start the inning. That brought Stokes to the plate, who blasted a shot over the left field wall for a three-run homer.
In the eighth, Biloxi blew the game open. Jordan Harrison came on in relief and struck out Grisham, but the third strike was in the dirt, allowing Grisham to reach on a wild pitch. Allemand followed with a base hit to left before Moore singled to right to bring home Grisham. Two batters later, a throwing error allowed Allemand to score and it was 7-2.
Montgomery added a run in the bottom of the ninth. They loaded the bases on a two singles and a walk, before Brandon Lowe drew a walk to drive home Thomas Milone, but the Biscuits would get no closer.
Despite earning a no decision, Zack Brown pitched quite well for Biloxi. The starter went 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, a walk, and 2 runs. He struck out 7. Nick Ramirez (1-0) allowed a lone walk in his 2 innings of work to earn the victory. Nate Griep earned his first save of the season.
Three players had 2 hits apiece for the Shuckers. Troy Stokes, Jr. was 2-5 with a run scored, a double, a homer and 4 RBI. Trent Grisham was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and Blake Allemand was 2-5 with a run scored.
These two teams will meet tomorrow. Game time is scheduled for 7:05.
Biloxi Shuckers Notes: Adrian Houser was called up to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. He was scheduled to start Saturday’s game. A new starter has not been named.
By Robert Pannier