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Hot Rods homer four times in 8-7 win over Tourists

    Bowling Green Hot Rods

June 8, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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Asheville, North Carolina – Colton Ledbetter homered twice, while Xavier Isaac and Cooper Kinney each collected one long ball, leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-26) to an 8-7 win over the Asheville Tourists (24-30) in McCormick Field on Saturday.

Three runs were scored in the top of the first inning for the Hot Rods against Tourists starter Edinson Batista. Isaac walked with one out, and one out later, Ryan Cermak was hit by a pitch. Ledbetter stepped up to the plate and blasted a three-run homer to right, pushing the Hot Rods lead to 3-0.

Asheville responded with two runs in the bottom of the first against Bowling Green starter Duncan Davitt. Brice Matthews led off the inning with a solo home run. Just one batter later, Austin Deming left the field, making the Hot Rods lead 3-2 after one inning.

The Tourists tied the game in the bottom of the second inning, with Davitt still on the bump. To open the inning, Ryan Johnson was hit by a pitch and stole second base. With two outs in the inning, Luis Baez singled to left to score Johnson, tying the game at 3-3. The lead didn’t last long as Isaac led off the top of the fourth with a solo shot to center to regain the lead for Bowling Green, 4-3.

The Hot Rods stormed back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning against Tourists reliever Kelly Austin. Cermak was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Ledbetter crushed his second long ball of the night, extending the Bowling Greens lead to 6-3.

Two runs went home for the Tourists in the bottom of the sixth inning against Hot Rods reliever Sean Harney. Johnson led off with a single and advanced to third base on a double by Anthony Sherwin. Brice Matthews knocked down an infield single, scoring Johnson and cutting into the Hot Rods lead, 6-4. Baez made a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Bowling Greens lead to 6-5.

Kinney launched the fourth home run of the night for the Hot Rods in the top of the seventh inning, a two-run homer off Austin to make it an 8-5 lead. Baez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, but Derrick Edington held on for his first career save to cap off an 8-7 win for the Hot Rods.

The Hot Rods and Tourists will play the final of a six-game series on Sunday with first pitch at 12:05 PM CT at McCormick Field. Bowling Green sends RHP Trevor Martin (4-2, 3.05) to the mound against LHP Trey Dombroski (2-6, 7.68).

Fans can catch all the action by watching on, listening via the MiLB First Pitch App and Fans can also secure their seats for future home Hot Rods games by calling (270) 901-2121, visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office during normal business hours or visiting

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