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Eleven unanswered runs lifts Reading to win over Yard Goats

Reading’s Johan Rojas was 4-for-6 with one RBI while teammate Ethan Wilson was 3-for-6 with five RBI as the visiting Fighting Phillies rapped out 17 hits in an 11-1 win over the Hartford Yard Goats Friday night at Dunkin’ Park in Eastern League action.

Wilson’s home run, a three-run shot in the third inning, was his third of the series. Reading (9-15) hit three home runs in the win with Drew Ellis and Nick Podkul also hitting homers. Ellis had a solo shot while Podkul had a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Hartford (12-11) had five hits including a home run from Grant Lavigne, who hit his third home run of the season. Bladimir Restituyo extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning. It is the longest current hitting streak in the Eastern League.

Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a RBI double from Zac Veen.

Reading’s response came in the third inning. After Carlos De La Cruz reached base on a fielder’s choice and Johan Rojas roped a single to right field, Ethan Wilson hit a three-run home run to left-centerfield for his third home run of the series for a 3-1 lead. De La Cruz had a RBI single in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 4-1.

Reading blew out the game with a pair of home runs in the fifth inning. Drew Ellis had a solo shot while Podkul had a three-run blast over the left field wall for an 8-1 lead.

The Yard Goats have lost three of their last four games. Game five of this six-game series is Saturday night at Dunkin Park in Hartford.

Reading 11, Hartford 1
At Hartford
Reading (9-15)    003  141  200  — 11-17-0
Hartford (12-11)  100  000  000  — 1-5-0
Abel, McKay (7), Lingfelter (8), Leverett (9) and McDowell; Quezada, Del Bonta-Smith (5), McKillican (7), Ethridge (8) and Romo; WP: Abel (2-1); LP: Quezada (1-2); 2B: Stokes (Re), Wilson (Re), Veen (H); 3B: Rojas (Re), HR: Lavigne (H), Wilson (Re), Ellis (Re), Podkul (Re)

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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