The River City Rascals (37-31) continued to roll Tuesday night and drowned the Western
Division leader Florence Freedom (42-25), 9-1, in game one of the four game series at
The win gives the Rascals a four game winning streak and overall they have won 12 of 16
games since the Frontier League All-Star Break.
Offensively, the Rascals got solid production from the entire order and every player in the lineup
reached at least once or recorded a RBI.
Josh Silver and Paul Kronenfeld helped set the tone early as they strung together back-to-back
two out hits, including a RBI single from Kronenfeld to take an early 1-0 lead in the opening
Florence responded with a run of their own via a RBI groundout in the top of the second but that
was the only run they were able muster all night and they finished with just three hits against the
Rascals starting southpaw Lucas Laster.
“I have a great defense behind me and whatever they hit, my fielders were able to track it
down,” Laster said after his second start this year. “I feel like my arm is finally back and healthy
and I am ready to make a push for the end of the year.”
Laster’s first baseman, Clint Freeman, gave him the eventual game-winning run to put him in
line for the win in the second inning as he sent a ball over the center field wall for his fifth home
run of the year.
Silver and Josh Ludy each drove in a run in the third inning to give Laster some breathing room
up 4-1 and then the lead grew larger as the night went on.
Three time Frontier League All-Star Josh Ludy drove in his second run via a RBI groundout in
the fifth for a 5-1 lead and it marked the second time in the last eight games that he notched a
All five of the runs in the first five innings were charged to Freedom starter Braulio Torres-Perez
and he would go on to take his first loss of the year.
Torres-Perez lasted one more frame and finished with a line of six innings, allowing seven runs,
six earned, on five hits, five walks and struck out eight.
The sixth and seventh runs charged against him came on a ground ball off the bat of shortstop
With the bases loaded and one out, Morales bounced one to the Freedom third baseman and
he made an errant throw into right field to bring in a pair of runs that brought the score to 7-1.
Braxton Martinez highlighted the late innings with his team leading tenth home run that came in
the eighth inning and it was his seventh hit in his last four games.
“I have been working alot with Merjano and Thomas,” Martinez said. “I have been doing a lot of
tee work and little things like that have led to good at-bats as of late.”
The Rascals capped off their nine run night when Josh Silver was hit by a pitch with the bases
Besides the final RBI, Silver tallied two doubles and Clint Freeman was another offensive
notable tallying three hits, including his solo home run.
“Freeman had a huge night and came up big with the go-ahead solo shot in the second inning,”
manager Steve Brook said. “Overall, we had good at-bats all night and even the guys that didn’t
get hits really executed at times that helped us out with some runs such as a sacrifice bunt and
some RBI groundouts.”
Matt Chavarria earned the save, his second of the year and held the opponent hitless with three
strikeouts in three innings.
The Rascals continue the series Wednesday evening with a doubleheader against the
First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. and southpaw Dan Ludwig takes the mound for game one.
“Tonight was a huge win against a first place team and we are feeling really good,” Martinez
said having won four straight games. “Our pitcher’s have been lights out and our entire lineup is