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Longest Game in Team History Ends in Victory

06/22/2008 9:32 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones won their first series this month with a 20-16 victory over the Joliet JackHammers in front of 6,081 fans tonight at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Joliet scored the first three of the game’s 36 combined runs in the first inning on an RBI double from Cory Harris and a two-run single from Joey Gomes.  The T-Bones first score of the contest came in the bottom of the frame on a straight steal of home by Geoff McCallum.

The Flyers scored two more runs off starter Anthony Boughner on a double from Nick McIntyre in the second inning and a run in the third on a double from Dorian Rojas to open their lead to 6-1.

Aaron Trolia of the Flyers held Kansas City scoreless through the second and third innings until Aharon Eggleston (pictured) drove in three with a home run in the fourth, his first of the season.  Joliet then scored two more runs in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch and an error on third baseman Eric Scriven, increasing their lead to 8-4.  The T-Bones responded in the bottom of the frame with four runs, including two more from Eggleston on a double to left, tying the game at eight.

Boughner left after five and one-thirds innings, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits.  Trolia allowed eight runs on 10 hits while striking out seven in his four and two-thirds innings of work.  Neither factored into the decision.

Both teams plated two runs in the sixth as they pushed the score to 10-10.  Joliet was held scoreless in the top of the seventh in a perfect frame from Rick Hummel before Kansas City took their final lead in the bottom of the inning.  Hummel earned the victory after allowing three runs on two hits in one and one-thirds innings.

The T-Bones set a team record with 10 runs in the seventh inning, using five hits, five walks and one error to take a 10-run advantage, 20-10.  Kansas City sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame with Scriven, Rob Watson and Brad Correll each driving in two runs with two singles and a double respectively.  Correll was thrown out to end the inning when he tried to stretch his hit into a triple.  Five of the runs were unearned towards Dan Ziegler while all 10 were unearned for the team.  Mike Colacchio was charged with five earned in the inning.  Ziegler surrendered one hit and four walks in two-thirds of an inning as he fell to 0-2.

Joliet continued to battle with five runs on six hits in the top of the eighth, highlighted by home runs from Doc Brooks and Joey Gomes.  Brooks hit his second home run in as many innings off Watson in the ninth to push the final tally to 20-16.  Watson finished the game on the mound for Kansas City.

Chris Rhoads and Tag Horner each appeared in relief for the T-Bones.  Bobby Carrington surrendered three hits and a walk to the four batters he faced in his professional debut in the eighth inning.

The T-Bones travel tomorrow before playing the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Tuesday.  First pitch of that contest is scheduled for 7:00 at Canwest Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.