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Bandits Rout LumberKings In Series Finale

Shortstop Carlos Correa, second baseman Austin Elkins and catcher Jobduan Morales each had three hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits, who had 16 hits - with at least one from every starter - in an 11-4 Memorial Day victory over the Clinton LumberKings to win a third straight game at Ashford University Field.

The River Bandits (27-23) took a lead with two outs in the first inning on first baseman Miles Hamblin's first Midwest League home run to right field off LumberKings right-hander Matt Anderson (2-5) for a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first inning, Clinton loaded the bases with two outs against right-hander Vincent Velasquez (4-2), but designated hitter Gaby Guerrero hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The tying run at third base was the closest the LumberKings (25-25) came the rest of the afternoon.

In the third inning, Correa hit into a fielder's choice that brought in center fielder Jordan Scott for the first of the latter's game-high three runs. Scott drew three walks, had a bunt single and finished the series 5-for-8 with seven walks in four games.

Quad Cities extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning, as Scott hit a leadoff single and scored on a double to right-center field by Correa, who came home on Hamblin's single. The LumberKings answered with three straight hits against Velasquez in the bottom of the inning, with right fielder Jabari Henry driving in two runs with a double and scoring on an infield grounder to make it 4-3.

The River Bandits answered in the next half-inning, however, as third baseman Ryan Dineen singled to left field, Scott walked, and Correa drove in both with a single just out of reach for second baseman Tim Lopes. With a 6-3 lead, right-hander Jamaine Cotton started the sixth inning for Quad Cities and allowed a leadoff home run by Clinton catcher Tyler Marlette before retiring the side in order.

The River Bandits added a run in the seventh on Morales' RBI double and a four runs in the eighth on a two-run single from left fielder Terrell Joyce, a groundout by designated hitter Brian Blasik, and an RBI single by Morales. The 11 runs were the most for the River Bandits since a season-high 17 runs April 30, and the 16 hits were the most since they had a season-high 17 on April 6.

With their first three-game winning streak since May 5-8, the River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for the first of three games with the Kane County Cougars at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Right-handers Daniel Minor (3-1) and Lance McCullers (0-4) are scheduled to face Cougars right-hander Dillon Maples (0-0).

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