ALTON — The visiting Cape Catfish took advantage of a seven-run sixth inning to down the Alton River Dragons 10-8 at Lloyd Hopkins Field Monday night.
The River Dragons used five different position players with ties to the Riverbend region to get through the game on the mound. Robby Taul got the start and pitched five innings. Bryce Zupan, Blake Burris, and Mike Hampton would pitch in relief.
After the Catfish scored twice in the top of the second, Alton answered with four of their own in the home half to lead 4-2.
Cape got in a run in the fourth inning, while Alton would add another run in the fifth, making the score 5-3.
The Catfish took the lead in the sixth inning with a seven-run campaign by a score of 10-5.
The River Dragons would mount a rally for the remainder of the game. Ben Gallaher delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning to pull with three runs, 10-7.
Blake Stenger slapped a double over the third base bag for an RBI double in the eighth inning. However, that was when the rally and the scoring would end.
Alton finishes the first half of the Prospect League 2022 campaign with an 18-13 record. The River Dragons have already secured the divisional first-half title in the Prairie Land Division. Additionally, they have a berth spot in the 2022 Prospect League Playoffs.
Next for the River Dragons: at Terre Haute Rex and at Cape Catfish
The records reset Tuesday for the second half of the season, which kicks off with a three-game road trip. The River Dragons will play a solo game in Terre Haute, Ind. against the Rex before heading to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to take on the Catfish in a two-game series.
Box Score: Cape Catfish at Alton River Dragons
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