NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees provided quite the series finale to cap their seven-game homestand.
In a game that provided three lead changes in the final two innings, the Bees beat the Lancaster Barnstormers in a 12-11 comeback Sunday afternoon in the series rubber match. The win ends the team’s week at New Britain Stadium with a 3-4 record and a little momentum before heading out on the road.
Down 10-6, the Bees (21-19) rallied for five runs in the seventh inning.
New Britain scored its first run of the frame on a wild pitch by Matt Marksberry that allowed Alejandro De Aza to cross home plate after three straight base hits loaded the bases. Two more base hits followed before Jonathan Galvez’s single brought home Jason Rogers, while a fielder’s choice by Bijan Rademacher scored Jared James to tie the game at 10-10. Taylor Motter then singled up the middle to give the Bees their first lead of the game since the third inning.
Galvez finished with three hits and three runs scored and Motter drove in four runs on his three hits. De Aza and Rogers each collected two hits as well, with Rogers coming up with the most important of the afternoon an inning later.
But the Barnstormers (16-23) made it interesting once again. After Darian Sandford stole third, he was brought in on a sacrifice fly from Joey Tredoslavich in the eighth to give Lancaster the lead back.
Rogers, however, had New Britain’s answer with two outs in the bottom of the frame, taking the third pitch of his at-bat over the left-center field wall off Bryan Harper (0-3).
Lancaster made quick work of Bees’ first three pitchers - starter Jed Brady and relievers Sam Gervacio and Michael Johnson. Bradley surrendered five runs in 4 2/3 innings on six hits. He also walked three and struck out four. Gervacio gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning with the Barnstormers getting two runs of Johnson in his 2/3 of an inning. But Lancaster only managed on hit over its final 10 batters and the Bees went to work after that.
Jim Fuller, who gave up the sacrifice fly, earned the win to move to 2-1.
The Bees will now begin a nine-game road trip beginning with a doubleheader against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Sunday night.