BUIES CREEK -- Josh Morgan, Chuck Moorman and Matt Lipka hit home runs for Down East on Saturday night as the Wood Ducks powered past Buies Creek 9-3, beating the division-leading Astros for the second consecutive game.

Buies Creek, 31-17 in the second half of the Carolina League's split season, leads Down East by 6½ games in the Southern Division. The teams are scheduled to conclude their series at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Morgan's first-inning homer put Down East ahead early. Buies Creek tied it in the bottom of the first when Myles Straw led off with a walk and later scored on Yordan Alvarez's sacrifice fly.

Moorman's leadoff homer in the third staked the Wood Ducks to a 2-1 advantage and they never trailed.

Lipka's three-run blast to left in the eight gave Down East a 7-2 lead.

Buies Creek got a run back in the bottom of the eight when Anibal Sierra tripled and scored on a ground out, but the Wood Ducks added a pair of runs in the ninth on Josh Altmann's double.

Down East right-hander Emerson Martinez (3-8) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Ryan Hartman (2-4) took the loss after giving up three runs and five hits over five innings.

Stephen Wrenn singled three times, also stealing a base, for the Astros.






Lipka cf;6;2;2;3;Straw rf;3;1;0;1

La O 2b;4;0;1;0;Wrenn cf;4;0;3;0

Morgan ss;4;1;1;1;Alvarez lf;3;0;1;2

Y Perez 1b;2;0;0;1;Rogers c;4;0;0;0

Garay c;5;0;0;0;Benedetti dh;4;0;0;0

Forbes 3b;4;1;1;0;Cesar 3b;4;0;1;0

Scott rf;3;2;1;1;Jones 1b;3;0;0;0

Moorman dh;5;2;1;1;A Sierra ss;3;1;1;0

Altmann lf;4;1;2;2;Galan 2b;3;1;1;0



DOWN EAST;102;001;032 — 9

BUIES CREEK;100;001;010 — 3


E—Hartman (2), A Sierra (19), Cesar (9). DP—Down East 2, Buies Creek 1. LOB—Down East 10, Buies Creek 3. 2B—Scott (10), Altmann (18). 3B—A Sierra (3). HR—Morgan (6), Moorman (4), Lipka (7). SB—Wrenn (9). S—. SF-Y Perez, Alvarez.




Martinez W,3-8;7.2;7;3;3;1;4



Hartman L,2-4;5;5;3;3;1;5

E Perez;2.2;3;4;4;4;2

C Sierra;1.1;1;2;1;3;0


WP—Martinez, E. Perez, C Sierra. T—2:47. A—502.