The Alexandria Dukes split a rain-soaked doubleheader yesterday with the Peninsula Pilots, losing the first game, 6-4, and winning the second, 7-5, at Four Mile Run Park.
The Dukes remained in first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League, one-half game ahead of Salem. Peninsula is last in the Southern Division.
Sam Khalifa drove in three runs with two doubles and two singles for the Dukes in the second game, during which a steady, cold rain fell. Khalifa's fourth hit, a bases-loaded single in the fifth, drove in two runs and gave the Dukes a 7-4 lead. They had loaded the bases on singles by Jim Felt and Ruben Rodriguez around a walk to Lorenzo Bundy.
Alexandria scored in each of the first five innings, tagging losing pitcher Harold Warner for five runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jim Buckmeir pitched 2 2/3 innings and struck out five for the victory in relief of Sean Faherty.
In the first game, the Pilots took advantage of four errors and six walks. A two-run single by Khalifa (two for three) and two-run homer by Bundy had the Dukes ahead, 4-0, until their fielding collapsed in the fourth inning, when three errors allowed four unearned runs with two out.
Losing pitching Johnny Taylor walked Joe Cippolloni to lead off the sixth. David Kennard bunted Cippolloni to second and Ed Lowery singled to right for the winning run.