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IronBirds Drop Series Opener to Vermont
07/14/2010 10:04 PM ET
Centennial Field in Burlington, Vermont.
Centennial Field in Burlington, Vermont.  

Lake Monsters 6 (19-7), IronBirds 1 (12-14)

July 14, 2010

Aberdeen (Runs-Hits-Errors): 1-6-2

Vermont (Runs-Hits-Errors): 6-6-2

WP: LHP Bobby Hansen (3-1)

LP: RHP Scott Copeland (0-3)

SV: LHP Ryan Demmin (1)

HR: (none)

Burlington, VT - The Aberdeen IronBirds couldn't make it four wins in-a-row on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-1.

 

The Lake Monsters took an early lead against RHP Scott Copeland. CF Chad Mozingo led off the inning with a single. Copeland made a pick-off attempt to first base, but 1B David Anderson dropped the ball. The E-3 allowed Mozingo to get to second. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch, giving Vermont a 1-0 lead.

 

Vermont extended the lead in the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Mozingo hit into a 6-3 double play. The DP allowed a run to score from third, and put the IronBirds into a 2-0 hole.

 

In the top of the third, the IronBirds got on the scoreboard. SS Michael Rooney and CF Trent Mummey hit back-to-back singles. 2B Omar Casamayor laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving them up a base. LF Kipp Schutz lifted a sac fly to center, scoring Rooney, and pulling Aberdeen to within one.

 

Copeland left the game after the fifth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits. Copeland walked five and struck out seven.

 

The Lake Monsters broke the game open in the seventh. 3B Jack Walker led off the inning with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Mozingo. 2B Blake Kelso reached on an infield single, putting runners on the corners with one out. SS Jason Martinson grounded out to short, knocking in Walker from third, and extending the lead to two. With a runner at second and two outs, DH Russell Moldenhauer singled, knocking in Kelso. Moldenhauer stole second and scored on LF Justin Miller's double. Miller then scored on an RBI-single from RF Wade Moore, making it 6-1.

 

LHP Bobby Hansen got the win. He allowed just the one run on four hits in six innings of work. Copeland took the loss. LHP Ryan Demmin pitched the final three innings to pick up the save.

 

The IronBirds and Lake Monsters will meet in game two of this three-game set on Thursday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 AM. Catch all the action on the IronBirds internet radio broadcast. The Wawa pregame show will begin at 10:50 AM. Check it out at www.ironbirdsbaseball.com.

 

The IronBirds return to Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 20th, to open a three-game set with the Tri-City ValleyCats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

 

The Aberdeen IronBirds have sold out their season tickets for the ninth straight season. Group packages and standing room only tickets, however, are still available for the 2010 season. For ticket information, contact our box office at (410) 297-9292 or visit us online at www.IronBirdsbaseball.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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