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MOOSIC — Don’t try to convince Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders catcher Austin Romine the final games of a lost Triple-A season were a lost cause.


Don’t tell that to the RailRiders pitching staff, either.


Romine rifled a home run off the top of the center field wall Monday as the RailRiders finished their 2014 season with two victories over Lehigh Valley, 2-1 in the completion of a suspended game and a 4-1 victory in the ensuing regular seven-inning game at PNC Field.


“They mean a lot to everybody,” Romine said, “trying to finish off the year good, on a positive note.”


Here’s a positive.


The two wins allowed the RailRiders to leapfrog Lehigh Valley for fifth place in the International League North Division. The two teams came in tied for last place in the division, but the RailRiders moved out finishing at 68-76 while the IronPigs remained there ending with a 66-78 mark.


The two-game sweep of Lehigh Valley also allowed the RailRiders to avoid their first season with less than 67 wins since 1998 - the last time a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team finished in last place.


“The last couple games, guys are trying to get certain goals for themselves,” Romine said. “They’re tough games, starting in the morning, when you’re more accustomed to doing things to get ready later in the day.”


The RailRiders had little trouble adjusting, though.


Rob Refsnyder’s double brought home Adonis Garcia shortly after the game suspended by rain Sunday resumed Monday morning, giving the RailRiders a 2-1 victory. That came after home runs by RailRiders slugger Kyle Roller and Lehigh Valley’s No. 9 hitter Tyler Henson on Sunday, and made a sparkling patch-work effort by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s bullpen stand up.


Diego Moreno, Danny Burawa, Nike Rumbelow and Tyler Webb combined to hold the IronPigs to a single run over nine innings - and Webb picked up a well-earned victory after striking out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning Monday.


The 21-game hitting streak ended for Garcia when he was hit by a pitch to open the RailRiders ninth, but that paid off in victory for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Refsnyder - inserted as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth - drilled a double to send Garcia home with the winning run in the bottom of the frame.


Then came the regular game, where RailRiders starter Nik Turley held Lehigh Valley to one run over five innings.


Romine made him a winner when he followed Roller’s rocket double to center field with a blast that bounded off the top of the center field wall and landed beyond it for a two-run home run and a 2-0 RailRiders lead in the fourth inning. Romine, who finished 3-for-3 on the day, also slammed a single to right field and scored the game’s final run on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Dugas in the eighth.


“It felt good,” Romine said. “I wish I could have done that a little more often during the season.”


Roller wound up with his second straight two-hit game after hitting his 18th homer of the season for the RailRiders in the first game. Sizemore added a homer in the sixth inning of the finale and Carmen Angelini just missed a homer when he doubled high off the left field fence just before Dugas finished off the season’s scoring by driving his sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field.


Matt Tracy closed things out with two scoreless innings for his first save, wrapping things up with a season-ending strikeout to strand two men on base in the seventh.


“You finish on a good note, work on some things in the offseason and take that into next year,” Romine said.


Regular Game

RailRiders 4, Lehigh Valley 1

LEHIGH VALLEY`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR

Hernandez ss`3`0`2`0`1`0`0

Henson cf`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

Franco 3b`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Canzler rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Perkins lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brignac dh`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Murphy 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Rupp c`3`1`1`0`1`0`0

Spears 2b`3`0`2`0`1`0`0

Totals`25`1`7`1`4`0`0

RAILRIDERS`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR

Almonte cf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Refsnyder 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Garcia dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Roller 1b`3`1`2`0`1`0`0

Sizemore 3b`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Romine c`3`2`3`2`0`0`1

Flores rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Angelini ss`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Dugas lf`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Totals`27`4`10`4`2`0`2

Lehigh Valley`000`010`0` -`1

RailRiders`000`202`x` -`4

LEHIGH VALLEY`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Adams`1`1`0`0`0`0

Smith, L (9-11)`4.1`9`4`4`0`3

Horst`0.2`0`0`0`0`0

RAILRIDERS`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Turley, W (5-3)`5`5`1`1`3`0

Tracy, S (1)`2`2`0`0`0`2

Suspended Game

RailRiders 2, Lehigh Valley 1

LEHIGH VALLEY`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR

Gwynn Jr. cf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Hernandez ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Franco 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Canzler dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brignac 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Murphy 1b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Perkins lf`4`0`2`0`1`0`0

Rupp c`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Henson rf`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Totals`33`1`5`1`1`0`1

RAILRIDERS`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR

Pirela 2b,ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Young dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sizemore ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Almonte cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Roller 1b`4`1`2`1`0`0`1

Garcia 3b`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Flores rf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Murphy c`3`0`2`0`1`0`0

Refsnyder 2b`1`0`1`0`1`0`0

Dugas lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Angelini ss`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Richardson pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Gil c`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Totals`32`2`17`2`2`0`1

Lehigh Valley`000`000`010` - `1

RailRiders`010`000`001` - ` 2

LEHIGH VALLEY`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

O’Sullivan`7`5`1`1`0`6

Neris, L (4-3)`1.1`2`1`1`1`4

RAILRIDERS`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Moreno`3`2`0`0`1`3

Burawa`2.2`1`0`0`0`6

Rumbelow`2.1`2`1`1`0`2

Webb, W (2-0)`1`0`0`0`0`3


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