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Myrtle Beach Pelicans building on newfound success

L.V. Ware touched home plate, tossed his helmet several feet in the air, and the dog pile was on in right field.

Ware, the newest Myrtle Beach Pelican, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning off a Mike Jones grounder as the Pelicans beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-4 on Sunday. And while it wasn't anything flashy, it may be a sign that this Myrtle Beach Pelicans team is going to make some noise in June and beyond.

"We're just trying to turn this thing around," Ware said. "Looks like, from the record, we're out of the first half. But we're trying to get something going by the All-Star break, get it turned around for the second half and get into the playoffs."

Myrtle Beach improved to 16-34 overall after Sunday's win. And while the Pelicans have struggled for most of the season, some of the missing elements from earlier in the year are starting to come alive. The Pelicans have won two in a row and three of five heading into today's road trip to Frederick.

The newfound success is even more impressive when looking at how Myrtle Beach is winning.

Take Sunday for example.

Ware led off the ninth by tapping a soft grounder less than 10 feet away from the plate. His speed forced Blue Rocks catcher Ben Theriot to rush the throw, and after the ball sailed toward the stands, Ware advanced to second base. Two batters later, Dan Nelson walked and Travis Jones reached on a fielder's choice.

That brought Mike Jones, another recent addition to the team, to the plate with the bases loaded. Jones drilled a Barry Bowden pitch to second baseman Fernando Garcia, who had no chance to stop Ware from scoring.

It was another indication of the players finally executing orders from above.

"That's the Braves organization - they want you to be aggressive early," Jones said. "Putting the bat on the ball is a big key. You can't get a hit if the ball doesn't go anywhere."

The aggression seems to be controlled, as the Pelicans struck out just five times combined in back-to-back wins.

The offensive outburst helped the Pelicans overcome Randall Delgado's worst outing in his last seven starts. Delgado was charged with three earned runs and six hits in six innings.

The pitching staff, however, got a major boost from reliever Benino Prunedo.

The Houston native rolled again. He threw three scoreless innings. In his last four appearances, Prunedo has given up just three hits.

His production Sunday set the stage for the offense to come through in the final at-bat. For Ware, it was just his fourth game in a Pelicans uniform. He's scored at least one run in each game and seven total after three on Sunday.

"I'm a little man with speed, no home run power," Ware said. "My job is to get on base and cause havoc. I'm a head case [for pitchers]."

He's another reason why the mindset is changing.

"We're taking the second half, definitely," Jones said. "We got a lot of fresh faces, a lot reinforcements. We're ready to go."

WilmingtonAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Ortiz, A LF

5

0

2

1

0

1

0.269

Norris, P CF

4

1

0

0

0

0

0.221

Hosmer 1B

4

0

1

0

0

1

0.357

Romak DH

3

1

1

1

0

0

0.235

Taylor, J 3B

4

0

1

0

0

1

0.189

Francis, N RF

4

0

1

0

0

2

0.125

Navarro SS

3

1

0

0

0

0

0.193

Theriot, B C

4

1

2

2

0

0

0.265

Garcia, F 2B

3

0

0

0

0

1

0.214

Totals39

4

8

4

0

6

MBAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles LF

5

1

2

1

0

2

0.267

Nelson 3B

4

0

0

0

1

1

0.242

Jones, T 2B

5

0

3

2

0

0

0.348

Jones, M 1B

5

0

2

1

0

0

0.25

Culver RF

4

0

0

0

0

1

0.25

Sucre C

4

0

0

0

0

0

0.205

Sime SS

3

0

1

0

1

1

0.292

Kennelly, M DH

4

1

1

0

0

0

0.221

Ware CF

3

3

2

0

0

0

0.308

Totals37

5

11

4

2

5

Wilmington

100

012

000

--

4

8

2

M. Beach

001

000

301

--

5

11

2

E--Theriot, B 2 (4);Miles (2), Nelson (1). LOB--Wilmington 6, Myrtle Beach 10. 2B --Ware (1), Miles (2). 3B-Theriot, B (1). SB: Miles (14). CS: Ortiz, A (9).

Wilmington

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Hodgson

6.1

8

4

3

0

2

5.82

Bamnn (BS, 1)

1.1

2

0

0

1

2

2.51

Bowdn (L, 1-3)

0.2

1

1

0

1

1

1.66

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Delgado

6

6

4

3

0

4

2.62

Prnda (W, 1-1)

3

2

0

0

0

2

3.08

WP- Hodgson. HBP- Romak (by Delgado, Ra). Umpires --Home,Jay Pierce; First, Matt Cumbee. T--2:44. A--3,401.

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