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Delmarva walks off and Bowie wins with ninth-inning rally, while Keys fall in bottom of the 10th. Meanwhile, Norfolk hits early and often to beat Columbus.

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Norfolk Tides 11, Columbus (Indians) 6

The Tides may not have Chance Sisco around in their lineup anymore. But that doesn’t mean former Oriole backstops aren’t still getting the job done down in Norfolk.

Austin Wynns cranked a two-run home run, one of three circuit clouts the Tides hit on Thursday night. Anthony Santander and Christopher Bostick smacked the other two.

Wynns (2-for-5, three RBI) and Bostick (2-for-4, four RBI) had the loudest days, though Zach Vincej added three hits, including a double, as Norfolk broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the fifth before adding three more in the sixth.

Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-5 with a single.

Bowie Baysox 7, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 5

A potentially irritating night took on a far more joyous tone for the Baysox when Anderson Feliz and Rylan Bannon drove in runs in the ninth to help the Baysox get the win.

Bowie, which led 5-1 until New Hampshire pushed four runs across in the seventh, took the lead for good on Felix’s single, then got insurance from a Bannon sacrifice fly.

Bowie didn’t hit any out of the yard, but got 14 hits, including four doubles. In addition to providing the late heroics, Bannon and Feliz were the top hitters for the game with three hits apiece.

Marcos Molina pitched well for the Baysox, going the first 6.2 innings while allowing one run on six hits and striking out eight.

Down East (Rangers) 2, Frederick Keys 1, 10 inn.

A run in the seventh and five hits were all the Keys were able to scratch across, and the Wood Ducks made them pay by walking off with the win in the 10th on a fielder’s choice.

Ryan Ripken accounted for the lone Frederick run with a solo home run, his third. That was the only extra-base hit the Keys got Thursday, and all five hits came from different players.

A bright spot was DL Hall, who struck out four and worked around six walks to allow only one run through four innings. His ERA now sits at 3.92. Steven Klimek (three scoreless innings) and Diogenes Almengo (2.2 innings, one run, none earned) were good in relief.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Hagerstown (Nationals) 2, 10 inn.

Ben Breazeale’s single in the 10th inning scored Jacob Rhinesmith and gave the Shorebirds a walk-off win Thursday night.

The rally made sure a great combined pitching effort stood up. Nick Vespi allowed one run on four hits while striking out five in 6.2 innings, while Tyler Joyner allowed one run in 1.1 innings (though blowing a save in the process) and Tim Naughton pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

At the plate, Robbie Thorburn finished a home run away from the cycle in four at-bats. Adam Hall went 1-for-4 and is hitting .330, but high-ranking prospect Cadyn Grenier went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and is batting .236.

Box scores from Thursday’s games can be found here.

Friday’s scheduled games

  • Norfolk: at Columbus (Indians), 7:15 p.m. Starter: Luis Ortiz (2-5, 7.09 ERA)
  • Bowie: at Portland (Red Sox), 6 p.m. Starter: Hunter Harvey (2-4, 5.09 ERA)
  • Frederick: at Down East (Rangers), 7 p.m. Starters: David Lebron (2-0, 2.87 ERA)
  • Delmarva: vs. Hagerstown (Nationals), 7:05 p.m. Starter: Ofelky Peralta (4-0, 1.99 ERA)