The Greenville Drive and Rome Braves needed more time to decide a winner in game one of Monday’s doubleheader at Fluor Field, and it was the Braves who came away with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.
Game two of the doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather, and the Drive and Braves will play a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 4:30 PM. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the 11th, Rome (29-21) outfielder Justin Ellison untied it in a hurry, as he smacked a solo home run to right-center off Stephen Nogosek (1-2) to give the Braves the lead.
Both starting pitchers were terrific in no-decisions.
Kyle Hart allowed just one earned run over five innings for the Drive (30-19), and he struck out six.
For the Braves, Joey Wentz struck out three in four innings while giving up just one run as well.
Rome took a 1-0 lead in the first after back-to-back singles by Cristian Pache and Brett Cumberland, and Pache came in to score when Cumberland’s hit was bobbled in the outfield.
Cumberland’s RBI ground-rule double in the fifth landed just fair in right field in the fifth, and it gave the Braves a 2-1 lead, but Nick Sciortino tied things up at two in the sixth by belting a solo homer to left-center for the Drive.
The blast was Sciortino’s first of the year.
Joe Rogers (1-0) got the win for Rome by holding the Drive scoreless over the final two innings.
Cedrola had two hits to lead the Greenville offense.
Rome received two-hit days from Cumberland, Ellison, Pache, Kurt Hoekstra and Randy Ventura.