Strong pitching performances by Stephen Batman and Daniel Tillman helped produce a doubleheader sweep for the Moccasins over Flagler, 13-0 and 3-1, Saturday at Henley Field.
Batman worked seven and two-thirds scoreless innings, scattering five hits, striking out seven and walking just one, to earn his ninth win of the season in game one. Tillman went six innings in game two, surrendering just one run, while striking out nine and walking one to improve his record to 4-2. Dustin Merrell came on to work the seventh and retired the side in order to record his first save.
With the two wins, the 13th-ranked Moccasins snapped their five-game losing streak and improved to 35-11. Flager dropped to 17-32.
After Wade Kirkland's solo homer in the first gave Batman the only run he needed, the Moccasins broke the game open in the fourth. Two Flagler errors opened the door for six unearned runs in the inning. Robbie Shields' two-run single capped off the frame. The Moccasins added three more runs in the fifth on an RBI-single by Andrew Grutka, a sacrifice fly by Jordan Guida and an RBI-single by Trae Gore. Braxton Chisholm unloaded a three-run homer in the eighth to complete FSC's scoring.
In the second game, Shields extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with an RBI-single in the first. After Flager tied the game with a run in the fourth, Zach Maggard delivered a two-run double that scored Kirkland and Shields to put the Moccasins back in the lead.
The Moccasins return to action Friday to start a three-game Sunshine State Conference series with arch-rival Tampa. They'll play a single game Friday at 7 p.m. at Henley Field, then complete the series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday in what will be the Moccasins' final home games of the 2009 season.