HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Lexington Legends scored eight times in the third inning and went on to post an 11-3 win over the High Point Rockers on Tuesday night at Truist Point.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double from Montrell Marshall, the Legends used a three-run homer from Courtney Hawkins to go ahead 4-0 in the third. Isaias Tejeda followed with a solo homer and later in the third, Teodoro Martinez hit a grand slam to give the Legends a 9-0 lead.
The Rockers started Austin Parsley (L, 0-1) on the mound. The former UNCG pitcher, who went 10-5 for the Spartans this past spring, started off strong, striking out the first two batters he faced and setting the Legends down in order in the first. Parsley struck out the side in the second and allowed a single run. It was in the third that Parsley ran into trouble.
High Point turned to knuckleballer Mickey Jannis who came on in the fourth and pitched five shutout innings, holding the Legends to just one hit and striking out four. Cam Cotter pitched the ninth for the Rockers and allowed a pair of runs on two hits.
High Point was held to just one hit through the first five innings by Lexington starter Daniel Corcino (W, 5-10) before the Rockers’ offense scored three times in the sixth. Jerry Downs and Quincy Latimore reached on singles before Roldani Baldwin blasted a three-run homer, his fourth round-tripper in the last seven games.
The Rockers are now 57-52 overall and 18-25 in the second half.
The Rockers will host the Legends again on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Truist Point. High Point will send righty Neil Uskali (4-4, 4.13 ERA) to the mound to face the Legends’ David Lebron (6-3, 4.66).