Lexington Legends

Newest Legend singles in wining run in 14th

Jorge De Leon, in his first game since being promoted from extended spring training, singled in Andy Simunic with a two-out single in the 14th inning Monday night, giving the Lexington Legends a 3-2 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs.

The win gave the Legends (18-13) sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Both teams scored twice in the first inning, then put up zeroes until the 14th.

Carmen Angelini, who would get ejected for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, got Charleston's first inning going with a base hit to left. He moved to third on Dan Brewer's double. A walk to Taylor Grote loaded the bases.

Abraham Almonte followed with a two-run single to short left-center.

Jay Austin led off the Legends' first with a double to the right-field corner.

One out later, Federico Hernandez drilled an Andrew Backman fastball to the awning over the right-field deck, tying the game. The homer was No. 4 of the season for Hernandez.

Charleston stranded runners in the first five innings, but Legends right-hander Robert Bono wouldn't break. Bono, who left after the fifth, gave up eight hits and a walk, striking out three.

Ashton Mowdy, Patrick Urckfitz, Jose Trinidad and Daniel Meszaros followed, all going 11⁄3 or 12⁄3 innings. Then came Brian Wabick, who worked the last 21⁄3 innings.

The Legends put runners on second and third with one out in the 13th.

When Brandon Barnes grounded to third baseman Mike Lyon, Michael Diaz broke for the plate. The throw arrived in plenty of time. Diaz couldn't dislodge the ball from catcher Mitch Abeita.

Simunic started the Lexington rally in the 14th with a one-out single to left. A grounder moved him to second.

DeLeon then lofted a single to right, with Simunic intent on running all the way. Right-fielder Ray Kruml, trying for a quick pickup, couldn't do it cleanly and Simunic came across the plate standing up.