Mason Williams hit his second home run of the year to start the bottom of the first and added two more hits in leading the first-place Charleston RiverDogs to an 8-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds in South Atlantic League action in front of 3,261 fans at Riley Park on Sunday night.
Williams’ homer gave the RiverDogs (20-8) the lead in the first and they added to it in the second. Dante Bichette, Jr. started the inning with a single and, after back-to-back walks, Francisco Arcia lined a two-run double into the right field corner.
Ali Castillo followed with a double of his own for an RBI, making the score 4-1. The double was Castillo’s first base hit in a Charleston uniform. Mason Williams then singled to knock in his second run of the game, capping off the rally.
The Shorebirds (14-15) scored their first run in the fourth on a Justin Dalles homer, but that was the only run they would get against Bryan Mitchell (2-2). Charleston’s starter allowed just four hits and one run through five innings, striking out three and walking three en route to the victory.
Delmarva added a second run in the sixth inning against reliever Dan Mahoney when Dalles singled and scored on a double by Gabriel Lino, but it was immediately matched by the RiverDogs.
In the bottom half, Kelvin De Leon walked, Arcia singled and, after a sacrifice moved both runners over, De Leon scored on a fielders choice.
Charleston scored its last run in the seventh when Tyler Austin hit his 10th homer of the year over the wall in dead center field.
Coming up Charleston RHP Scottie Allen (1-2, 4.68 ERA) is scheduled to start the third game of the
series tonight against Shorebirds’ RHP Dylan Bundy (0-0, 0.00 ERA).