Casey Clark cracked a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Brandon Cloverleafs exploded for four runs to beat the Reston Rockets 6-3 on Friday night in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League.
Elsewhere in the MSBL, it was Brandon Marlins 9, Neepawa Farmers 2.
In Reston, Clark finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate, along with Derek Chapman, who scored twice.
Zach Steckler earned the win in relief after allowing a pair of hits in two innings of work for the league-leading Cloverleafs (12-2).
Buddy Mayert was charged with four runs and five hits while striking out seven in four innings of relief to take the loss for the Rockets (4-7-1).
Andrew Lochhead went 3-for-5 with a two-run blast and drove in all three Reston runs, while Mark Lacroix was 2-for-5 and scored twice.
Marlins 9 Farmers 2
In Neepawa, Matt DeGagne and Jesse Goertzen both went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI as the Marlins (9-4-1) stayed comfortably in second place in the standings.
Tanner Jago also scored twice and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, while Shayne MacGranachan was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs for the Marlins, who built a 6-0 lead midway through the second inning.
Goertzen picked up the win by holding Neepawa (1-11-0) to two runs and six hits in eight innings of work.
Garett Rempel gave up six runs on five hits and eight walks in five innings to take the loss for the Farmers.
Rempel also scored a Neepawa run, while Cam Tibbett doubled and drove in a run.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 5, 2014