River Rats hot start not enough in loss to Suns
Date: Jun 18, 2019
DELAND, Fla.- The DeLand Suns snapped a three game losing streak on Wednesday, and moved back to .500 with a lightning-shortened 3-1 victory over the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs. The game was ended after four and a half innings when inclement weather threatened the DeLand area.
The Suns led for almost the entire ballgame, and took the initial advantage in the bottom of the first inning with a two out rally. Josh Dunson (Alabama State) stood on second base with two outs, after drawing a walk and moving up on a flyout. Joe Burke (Kentucky Wesleyan) drove Dunson in with an infield single, as Dunson was moving towards third on the pitch and never stopped en route to the plate. Following a single from Kyle Ball (Stetson), Scout McFalls (Winthrop) clubbed a double to score Burke and give DeLand an early 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, the Suns added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Dunson led off the frame with his second walk, and moved to third base on a single from Spencer Yankle (Winthrop). Burke then drove in his second run of the evening with a single, extending the Suns' advantage to 3-0.
Winter Park scored their only run in the top of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Christian Snow (Mobile) singled to drive in Brian Ellis (FGCU), cutting the DeLand lead to two.
In the shortened contest, Kyle Wiseman (Lake Sumter) picked up a complete game victory. Wiseman struck out two hitters in his five innings on the mound, and allowed just the one run in his first victory of the 2018 Florida League season.
With the series against the Diamond Dawgs in the rearview mirror, the Suns now turn their attention to the Seminole County Scorpions. The first of three games for DeLand against Seminole County comes on Thursday at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., as Jesus Valoy (Miami Dade) will toe the rubber for the Suns.