EAST ISLIP, N.Y. — Mitch Atkins pitched eight strong innings, Cesar Trejo homered twice to lead an offense that swatted with 11 hits and the Rockers topped Long Island 7-2 on Tuesday night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Atkins needed just 89 pitches in allowing three hits over eight innings. He did not walk a batter and recorded three strikeouts. Preston Gainey pitched the ninth and sandwiched a lone single around a pair of strikeouts. Atkins’ eight innings of work marked the second-longest start by a Rockers’ pitcher in the franchise’s brief history.
The win moved the Rockers to 7-3 on the season and into first place in the Atlantic League’s South Division as Lexington lost to West Virginia on Tuesday night to fall to 7-4.
High Point scored twice in the first inning when Trejo homered to lead off the game and James McOwen doubled and scored on a single by Logan Morrison.
The Rockers added a single run in the third when Michael Russell singled, moved to second on a walk to Jared Mitchell, took third on a fly ball out by Stuart Levy and scored on a wild pitch by Long Island starter Mike Bolsinger.
Trejo staked the Rockers to a 4-0 lead with a solo homer in the fourth, his second of the night and third of the season. In the fifth, High Point tacked on two more runs when Russell singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Edwin Arroyo and Giovanny Alfonzo singled to drive home Stuart Levy who had reached on a walk.
James McOwen slammed a long home run to right leading off the seventh to extend High Point’s lead to 7-0.