Thearon W. Henderson
The Peoria Javelina, Scottsdale Scorpions and Surprise Saguaros rolled behind double-digit hits on the day.
The Arizona Fall League was all about the lively bats on Thursday, and the Peoria Javelinas, Scottsdale Scorpions and Surprise Saguaros beat up on opposing bullpens to power their way to victories.
Peoria rolled to a 8-1 win thanks to a 15-hit day against the Phoenix Desert Dogs. They had six hits against pitcher Jimmy Nelson for four earned runs before the starter left after the fourth inning. Left fielder and leadoff man Nate Roberts had two hits -- one of them a home run -- and three RBI to lead the Javelinas.
The Scorpions dropped the Salt River Rafters 13-6 thanks to a seven-hit first inning. Scottsdale ended the day with 19 total hits as four players had three or more. Center fielder Travis Witherspoon, an Angels prospect, led the team with four RBI on the afternoon.
Surprise meanwhile beat the Mesa Solar Sox 10-8 despite committing three errors on the day. The Saguaros led 6-2 midway through the fourth inning but fell behind after Mesa scored five in the bottom half of the frame. Mesa added another run in the fifth inning, but Surprise recovered to score four runs in the final four innings meanwhile holding the Solar Sox scoreless to win the closest game of the day.