Cape Girardeau joins Springfield

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A double base clearance prevented the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes consecutive wins.

JD Ortiz hit a three-run brace late in the eighth inning to lead the rallying Cape Catfish past the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes 8-6 in Friday’s Prospect League game at Capaha Field.

He dropped the newly rebranded Lucky Horseshoes at 1-2 as they sandwiched their win with a pair of losses on their three-game road trip.

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The former Springfield Sliders, but with a new name, new owner and new excitement, make their debut at Robin Roberts Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against the Alton River Dragons.

On Friday, Ortiz was 3 for 3 with five RBIs and two walks. Each of his hits produced runs, including a single late in the third inning that cut the Lucky Horseshoes’ lead to 2-1 and a double in the seventh that cut Alton to 5-4.

Jacksonville High School graduate and Lincoln Land Community College freshman Drew Ezard scored on wild pitch in the top of the eighth as the Lucky Horseshoes regained a two-point lead.

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In the bottom of the eighth, Andrew Sharp hit a triple RBI for the Catfish (1-2) and three batters later, Ortiz cleared the bases to give Cape Girardeau their second lead of the game.

“JD not only hit the ball well tonight, he sent the ball (deep) the last two nights,” Catfish coach Stephen Larkin said of Ortiz, according to the website. the Prospect League.

Springfield center fielder Payton Pennington was 2 for 4 with a brace and two runs scored. Lucas Otto (0-1) struck out six but allowed three runs on two hits and two walks to take the loss.

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