Islanders end Surge winning streak

SARANAC LAKE — The Puerto Rico Islanders stayed in the hunt for first place Wednesday with a 6-2 Empire Professional Baseball League victory over the Saranac Lake Surge in a game that was delayed by rain.

Saranac Lake took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Taran Tani scored on a passed ball. Tani, a resident of Kauai, Hawaii, reached base on an error, moved to second on a fielder’s choice then stole third.

Puerto Rico answered in the fifth inning with three runs. The Islanders extended their lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Angel Garced hit an inside-the-park home run.

Tani was in on Saranac Lake’s second run when he knocked in catcher Tyler Hill in the seventh inning.

The Islanders set the final score with two more runs in the top of the ninth and held the Surge scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

Daniel Dominguez, Alexander LaFayette and Hill each had two hits for the Surge, who fell to 10-13 overall in league games with the loss.

Garced, Juan Avila and Angel Perez each collected two RBI for Puerto Rico, which improved to 13-6 overall.

Plattsburgh holds the top spot in the league with a 13-4 record. The Thunderbirds beat the Road City Explorers 4-3 in 10 innings on Wednesday.

Saranac Lake came into Wednesday’s game riding a two-game winning streak that included a victory over the New York Bucks on Tuesday.