The Bradenton Marauders are one of only two unbeaten teams remaining following the first three days of play in the Florida State League.
After trouncing Fort Myers Miracle 18-3 in their season and inaugural opener, the Marauders showed they know how to win close games with 5-3 and 4-3 victories on the road against the Miracle.
The Marauders are off Sunday and take on Fort Myers again at home Monday night before embarking on a three game road trip to face the Jupiter Hammerheads (2-1), an FSL South Division foe.
After playing before a boisterous crowd of 2,396 at McKechnie Field, the Marauders played in front of 8,157 for the Fort Myers home opener. The second game between the teams (Saturday) drew a crowd of 1,876.
Heading into Sunday’s games, Bradenton leads the FSL with a team .350 batting average and its five homers is also a league high.
The top hitter for Bradenton is outfielder Robbie Grossman, who is batting .500 (6 for 12) and has gone 2 for 4 in each game. Third baseman Jeremy Farrell, who homered twice in the season opener, leads the Marauders with three homers and 12 RBIs and is carrying a hefty .455 batting average.
Bryan Morris, who started the opener and went 4 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run, leads the staff with five strikeouts. Noah Krol has two saves and in two innings has not allowed a run and given up only one hit.
The Charlotte Stone Crabs, another South Division opponent, was also 3-0 heading after the first three days of the season. The Tampa Rays farm team drew 6,325 for their season opener.