The Charlotte 49ers faced off against the Siena Saints this weekend and it was an amazing series. The 49ers would dominate the series, sweeping the Saints and scoring double-digit runs for three out of the four games.
Game 1: 49ers 10, Saints 1
The 49ers started off the four game series with a bang thanks to Tommy Bullock. Bullock knocked his first home run of the season into left field on the second pitch of the first inning putting them up 1-0. Shortly after, Reece Hampton hit a triple to right-center, and was brought in by Jackson Mim’s sacrifice fly. 49ers would maintain a 2-0 lead for the next four innings.
At the bottom of the sixth, the 49ers extended the lead to 7-0. A walk by Harris Yett would lead to Drew Ober hitting a single to left field. Both runners would advance from a deep fly by Dominick Cammarata. Hunter Jones would score first with a two-run double extending the score to 4-0. Tate Pennington then would allow Jones to score with a single to center. Hampton would then make his second hit of the day bringing in Bullock and Pennington making the score 7-0.
49ers scored again with two runs in the seventh and one run in the eight. Jones brought in Todd Elwood and Cammarata on the fourth pitch of the inning tallying his third and fourth RBI’s of the contest. Elwood contributed the last run by scoring from a two-out single by Mims.
Siena scored their only run of the game in the ninth from Yasser Santana hitting a triple and brought in by Nico Ramos on the next at-bat making the final for the day 10-1. Charlotte would finish (10-14-0) with Siena finishing (1-6-3).
Game 2: 49ers 12, Siena 5
Siena quickly scored from Joe Drpich’s solo home run to right-center at the top of the first. Charlotte then responded at the bottom of the first with Ober bringing in Hampton after he singled by hitting to second. Then the slugfest began.
Charlotte put up four runs in the second inning. Hampton hit a two-run single and Harris Yett bombing a double deep to the wall bringing two more runners extending the lead to 5-1 after just two innings.
After no action in the third, the Saints would score two runners in the top of the fourth, closing the gap 5-3. The next score came off of the bat of Cammarata scoring his first homer of the season making the score 6-3.
Charlotte tallied three runs in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, both Ober and Cammarata scored RBI doubles and Jones brought in Cammarata with an RBI of his own. Ober would again hit a RBI single in the eighth followed by a pair of runs brought in by a base hit by Elwood. Siena’s Tim Carroll and Marcos Campos would each score RBI in the ninth closing the first game with the score 12-5.
Game 3: 49ers 14, Siena 3
Charlotte continued their dominance over Siena in game three of the series.
Jonathan Crimmin would hit a two-out double putting Siena up 2-0 in the first inning. Charlotte scored a run of their own with Ober hitting in Mims. After a three-inning drought, Siena scored a single run at the top of the fifth. The score was 3-1 Saints. When it was the 49ers turn in the fifth, that’s when the whole game changed.
Both Hampton and Yett would walk as well as Mims hitting a single to start off the inning. With bases loaded Siena brought in their relief pitcher Avery Short on a 1-0 count with Drew Ober at bat. On the first pitch, Ober sent the ball over the fence for a grand slam to left field putting the 49ers on top 5-3 with one swing. Siena would not put a runner across the plate for the rest of the game.
Bottom of the sixth, Yett hit a RBI single scoring Hampton. In the seventh, Pennington hit his own RBI single scoring Cammarata and advancing Zack Smith. Shortly after, Bullock hit a two-RBI double scoring both Pennington and Smith. Next Mims knocked a triple to right-center and scored Cammarata creating a 10-3 game at the end of the seventh inning.
In the eighth, Ober, Pennington, Smith and Bullock crosses the plate making the final score 14-3.
Jackson Mims became the first 49er to have a five-hit game in over two years. Also, Charlotte hit a combined average of .415 between the two games. Charlotte also tied their season high 14 runs and hit a new season high 18 hits.
Game 4: 49ers 9, Siena 2
The final game of the series started out as a more defensive game with neither team scoring in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, Ober singled and stole second base. Cammarata then doubled to left field bringing in Ober. Smith followed up with a single up center field scoring Cammarata. Then Pennington hit a double along the right field line scoring Smith. 49ers lead 3-0 going into the fourth inning.
Back to back errors by Charlotte helped Siena score their first run of the day. In the fourth, a Matt Hamel single to left scored Crimmin after his double bringing the score to 3-2. The next two and a half innings would be closely contested and consisted of tight defensive play from all positions on the field especially the infielders. When it hit the bottom of the seventh, the 49ers once again broke away with their explosive offensive firepower.
The 49ers started off the inning with a Cammarata single. Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt him to advance his teammate to second. Siena committed a crucial mistake on a passed ball allowing Cammarata to score, expanding the lead to 4-2. Next Bullock hit a sacrifice fly to deep center allowing Hunter Jones to score making it now 5-2.
Siena was unable to respond offensively. Then at the bottom of the eighth, Mims hit a solo homer into center to start off the inning igniting a chain reaction of scoring for Charlotte. Yett followed up with a single which then allowed Ober to bring him home by a double. Jones then hit his first career home run making the final score 9-2. The 49ers remain undefeated at home this season.
“We had a great week going 5-0,” 49er’s Head Coach Loren Hibbs said after the final game. “Today we were a little out of rhythm. We’ve been really good offensively to this point in the season, not as great today, but did what we needed to to win.”
Charlotte heads on the road this Tuesday to face High Point and then returns to face ECU for their next home series.