7/26/16 @ Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Pregame Notes

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Leesburg Lightning (18-20) and Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (14-21) travel to Bishop Moore High School tonight to conclude their three-game set. The two teams will matchup for the final time in the regular season with the first pitch set for 7 p.m.

With heavy playoff implications involved, the Lightning took two from the Diamond Dawgs on Monday at Pat Thomas Stadium – Buddy Lowe Field.

The two teams began the day with the resumption of their suspended game from July 12, with Leesburg ahead 7-4 in the third. The Lightning wasted no time finishing Winter Park off as they scored seven in the sixth to beat the Diamond Dawgs in seven innings, 15-5. Harrison Scanlon had himself a day, going 3-for-4 with two home runs (grand slam and 2-run HR) and seven RBI.

He did not let up in game two as he smacked another grand slam in the second inning, accounting for a total of three home runs and 12 RBI between the two games. With his impressive day at the plate, Scanlon is now third in the league in batting average (.400), T-2nd in home runs (5), and leading the league in both hits (52) and RBI (33).

“Harry has been our go to guy during the second half of the season,” Head Coach Rich Billings said. “Right now he’s seeing the ball better than he has all season. It’s coming in huge to him and it’s been extremely exciting to watch.”

Not to steal all of Scanlon’s thunder, the Lightning have also seen contributions from a handful of other guys during their recent surge.

Tanner Long added a home run in Leesburg’s game two win — his fourth of the season. Jose Bonilla hit his first home run on Saturday at Sanford, and also went 3-for-4 with three RBI in game one on Monday.

Along with their offensive power surge, the Lightning are also seeing more contributions from starting pitching.

“We’re scoring more runs which is allowing our pitchers to go out and throw with more of a cushion,” Billings said. “We’ve been waiting for that all season and now that it’s happening, it’s nice.”

Following the doubleheader sweep on Monday, Leesburg has now moved into fourth place, ahead of the Winter Garden Squeeze and Diamond Dawgs. They are a half game ahead of the Squeeze and 2 1/2 games ahead of sixth place Winter Park.

Not to mention that the Lightning are also just a half game back of third place Altamonte Springs.

“We’re surging at just the right time,” Billings said. “Let’s see if we can keep it going.”

Lightning Starting Lineup

  1. Nixon – 2B
  2. A. Simmons – CF
  3. Scanlon – 1B
  4. C. Simmons – 3B
  5. Long – RF
  6. Bonilla – LF
  7. Baez – C
  8. Koenig – DH
  9. Pagliei – SS

On the mound: Trace Norkus



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