Originally created 04/22/01

Waves defeat Jackets behind timely hitting



WILMINGTON, N.C. - Wilmington delivered some timely hits and rode strong pitching to defeat Augusta 4-2 Saturday night before 2,017 fans in a South Atlantic League baseball game at Brooks Field.

The Waves won their fourth in a row behind Jose Rojas (3-0), who allowed one earned run in seven innings.

Wilmington was ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning with Augusta runners on second and third but had nothing to show for it. On the evening, the GreenJackets stranded seven runners despite having several opportunities to score.

Willy Abyar, Koyie Hill, Reggie Abercrombie and Ronte Langs combined for nine of the Waves 12 hits with Langs scoring twice, including the go-ahead run in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.

The Waves scored an insurance run in the bottom of the inning when Hill lined a single after Jason Repko ripped a one-out triple.

GreenJackets starter Mauricio Lara (0-3) was rocked for 12 hits and four runs - all earned - while only striking out two. Joe Troilo retired all seven batters he faced, including four strikeouts to crash the Waves. Lara received little support from his team despite two-hit performances by first baseman Dustin Brisson and shortstop Kenny Perez.

Brisson doubled twice in the game and scored one of Augusta's runs while Perez scored the other run on Rojas' wild pitch in the second inning.

Wilmington improves to 12-5 on the year while dropping Augusta to 9-8. The GreenJackets and Waves will play game two of their four-game series today at 2:05 p.m. when Adam Williams will face Jun Seung Song.