​Hillcats Drop Series Opener To Potomac, 8-2

Claudio Bautista notches season-high three hits

Austin Davidson’s three-run double in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie, and Potomac led the rest of the way in an 8-2 contest to open a four-game series between the Hillcats and Nationals Thursday night. Davidson finished with a 2-5 day at the plate and five RBIs.

Lynchburg plated the initial run of the evening in the first inning. Yonathan Mendoza singled to start things off, and Ka’ai Tom doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Sicnarf Loopstok grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive in Mendoza and stake Lynchburg to a 1-0 lead.

Davidson’s double highlighted a four-run third, which Potomac followed with another tally in the fourth to give the Nationals a 5-1 advantage. The Hillcats’ only other run came in the sixth. Loopstok doubled to lead off the frame and scored three batters later on a two-out single by Claudio Bautista. Bautista entered the game with two hits for the season but went 3-4 Thursday.

The Nationals pushed three runs across in the ninth to claim a six-run victory in the first of 25 meetings between the two teams. Jared Robinson (1-2, 4.26) took the loss, while Jefry Rodriguez (1-1, 5.63) recorded the win. Kyle Schepel pitched the final three innings and struck out four to earn a save.

The Hillcats will try to even the series against Potomac Friday at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans will receive a scarf giveaway presented by Pepsi. Fan who can’t attend can listen to the game live at www.lynchburg-hillcats.com or on the TuneIn radio app, beginning at 6:20 p.m.


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