A Klamath Falls comeback effort proved to be too little too late Wednesday night at Kiger Stadium.
The Gems had the potential game-tying run at the plate when the almost four-hour game ended, and Lincoln escaped with an 18-14 victory in the second high scoring game in the Klamath Falls team history.
Back-to-back third inning home runs by Charles Middleton and Austen Swift gave the Potters a 3-0 lead, an advantage they extended to 13-0 when Lincoln scored eight time in the fifth inning on just two hits.
What had been an almost listless effort by the Gems turned when the home team came to bat in its half of the fifth inning.
Klamath Falls scored three times.
Then, in the seventh inning, the Gems notched nine runs on six hits, including the fifth home run of the season by Mike Hicks, to close the game to 14-12.
Lincoln tacked on four runs in the eighth inning and then had to hold off a ninth-inning rally by the Gems before the visitors could claim victory in the second game of the three-game series which concludes at 1:35 p.m. today.
Skyler Vail singled to home the Klamath Falls ninth.
By the time the final out was recorded, an error, single by Hicks and Myles Harris double made the score the final 18-14. Garrett Lakes grounded out to end the game, with Kyle Harvey the potential winning run waiting on deck.
EYE ON THE GEMS
■ Klamath Falls hosts Yuba-Sutter in a 4:35 p.m. Friday doubleheader to open a four-game, three-day series.
■ The nine Klamath Falls runs in the seventh inning ties the team record for the third most runs in a single inning, and the second time this season the Gems have scored nine times in an inning.
■ The eight Lincoln runs in the fifth inning tied for the fourth most runs allowed in one inning by the Gems, and the 18 runs tied for third the most runs allowed in a game.
■ the two teams combined to use 11 different pitchers, and the Gems Brice Foster joined Aki Buckson and Scott Stokes with his 10th appearance this season. The 11 pitchers Wednesday combined to walk 14 batters, hit four, unleash four wild pitches and get called for one balk.
■ Hicks had four hits for the Gems to become the first player in franchise history to pick up four hits in one game three different times. Among those with two is Lincoln outfielder Brian Morley, who did it twice.
■ Hicks hit a home run, three singles and walked twice in Wednesday’s game.
■ Harris had two hits for Klamath Falls, Xander Orejudos and Hicks both scored three times.
■ For Lincoln, Middleton had three hits, Swift, Joe Starick and Morley all had two.