OLD ORCHARD BEACH — There are nine innings in a regulation baseball game but the Old Orchard Beach Surge offense only needed one Wednesday night, as the Surge used a five-run fifth inning to down the Road City Explorers, 6-4, at The Ballpark.

The first four innings of the game were scoreless, with Road City taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Marcus Bradley.

The Surge answered back in a big way, however, taking a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the frame. Sam DiMatteo tied it up with a solo home run to deep left field. The Surge then loaded up the bases with hits from Tucker White and Jacob Fabry. Tyler Krobetzky was hit by a pitch with the bases full, allowing a run to score. Joe Coyne, continuing his hit streak, then cleared the bases with a three-run double.

The Explorers tried to rally back in the sixth, bringing the game to within one run, but they couldn’t get the equalizer.

Newly acquired outfielder, and former San Francisco Giants prospect, Carlos Valdez used his speed to score the sixth and final Surge run in the sixth on a passed ball.

Starting pitcher Scott Heath ended his night after six innings, striking out six and walking none. Dustin Stanton, Luis Pardo and Ron Schreurs combined for no hits, no walks and four strikeouts in three innings of relief.

The Surge outhit the Explorers, 11-9, with Fabry leading the team with four hits. White continued to show why he leads the league in average, adding a pair.

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