Beyond the Scoreboard: Tourists fall out of first place

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For the fifth time in nine games, the Asheville Tourists played in extra innings.

And for the first time since beginning second-half play in the South Atlantic League, the Tourists lost a game that lasted more than nine innings.

A 2-1 loss to Lexington in 10 innings knocked Asheville out of first place in the SAL’s Southern Division.

The Tourists (6-3) trail Charleston, S.C. (7-2) by one game.

Asheville had been 4-0 in extra-inning games in their first eight second-half games.

After a scoreless nine innings, Asheville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th but the Legends rallied to plate a pair in the bottom of the 10th by hitting back-to-back doubles.

Asheville starter Garrett Schilling gave up just three hits and struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

The Tourists continue their road trip in Lexington on Monday and Tuesday nights before returning home to McCormick Field for a July 4th game Wednesday vs. Rome, Ga.

There will be a post-game fireworks show and the following night is a Thirsty Thursday game, also vs. Rome.