Baysox Steal 4-3 Comeback Win

Bowie earns seventh straight series victory.

News Release, Bowie Baysox

BOWIE, Md. – T.J. Nichting‘s two-run inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Bowie Baysox come from behind and defeat the Hartford Yard Goats, 4-3, in front of 2,316 at Prince George’s Stadium Wednesday night.

Hartford (3-5) used RBI hits from Alan Trejo and Tyler Nevin to spark a two-out rally and take a 3-0 lead during their first at-bats. The Baysox responded immediately, scoring a run in their first at-bats. A pair of singles (with a fielding error) put runners on the corners for Jesse Valentin, who scored Ryan McKenna with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Valentin drove in his second run of the night in the sixth inning, helping Bowie (6-2) whittle away at the deficit. A sharp two-out single to left field plated Mason McCoy, who singled and stole second base to get into scoring position. 

Despite the 3-run first inning, Baysox starter Alex Wells completed at least seven innings for the fifth time in 2019. The lefty allowed two earned runs on three hits, and the Yard Goats mustered just three base runners in the final 21 plate appearances (6 1/3 innings) against Wells. Dillon Tate tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the year.

The drama unfolded in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs. Rylan Bannon poked an opposite-field single to right field to keep the frame alive for Nichting.

On a 1-0 count from Hartford reliever Justin Lawrence, the No. 6 hitter in the lineup sent a deep fly ball to center field. Manny Melendez crashed into the wall, allowing Nichting to record his fourth home run of the season in dramatic fashion and give the hosts their first lead of the night.

The homestand continues Thursday night, when the Akron RubberDucks return to Bowie for a four-game weekend series. Game one starts at 7:05 p.m., when RHP Dean Kremer (2-4, 4.28) looks for his second straight win against Akron RHP Jake Paulson (5-4, 3.84).

Thursday is also R&B Night at the stadium, with a special appearance from Grammy-nominated artist Ginuwine. The Washington, D.C., native will meet and greet fans on the concourse before and during the game, with a special VIP meet-and-greet session taking place in the suite level (special ticket required).

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.