Redlegs Hold Off Late Rally for Win


The Redlegs and Rangers met up for a double header in the heat Sunday in what is one of the most anticipated weekends for many players on each team. The Rangers entered the day with a slight edge in the friendly rivalry as they had won 4 of the 7 games since the Redlegs were founded in 2010.

Staff ace Kevin Campbell took the hill for the Redlegs, looking for his first victory in his 4th career start against the Rangers. Campbell did his job, keeping Rangers hitters off balance through the first 6 frames, allowing only 2 runs (1 earned).

The Rangers started strong out of the gate, with 2 straight singles to lead off the game. But Campbell was then able to get a popup, strikeout, and groundout to get out of the 1st unscathed. The Redleg offense then got to work, scoring 7 runs through the first 3 innings. In the bottom of the 1st, Redman reached on an error but was forced to leave the game after injuring his right hamstring. Redman was then held out of the nightcap for precautionary reasons. TJ Ray came on as a pinch runner and scored immediately when Matt Mattice doubled. The Redlegs then pushed 4 more across in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Jack Millard led the inning off with a single, and then Kevin Campbell and Jared Bradley walked consecutively to load the bases. It looked like the rally might stall after a strikeout and pop out to the pitcher, but Jacob Robinson was able to work a bases loaded walk to get a run in just before Brandon Howard cleared the bases with a double. In the 3rd inning Taylor Patterson led off with a single and stole second base and then scored on a single by Brandon Longacre. Longacre then moved to 3rd when Jack Millard doubled. Longacre would then score on a wild pitch just before Bradley drew his 2nd walk of the game. TJ Ray then worked a walk to load the bases, and Matt Mattice delivered an RBI single to put the run total up to 8 early in the game.

After a quiet 4th inning, the Redlegs got back in business in the 5th. Campbell led the inning off with a walk, then Bobby Dempsey drove the run in with an RBI single. TJ Ray then doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Mattice drove them both in with a single, picking up his 3rd and 4th RBI on the game. After Mattice stole 2nd, Robinson then picked up another RBI on a single to center field.

The Rangers scored 1 in the 2nd and another in the 5th. So after 6 innings the score stood at 12-2 and with Campbell cruising it looked like the end was near. But it just wouldn’t be the backyard battle without any drama. Aaron Armstrong led the inning off and was robbed for the 2nd time of the game by 2nd basemen Brandon Howard. Howard made a nice over the shoulder catch in the 2nd, and a leaping catch to prevent Armstrong from starting a rally in the 7th. But Lippincott was hit by a pitch with 1 out, Jelani Arnold singled, then Ian Huss doubled in 2 runs to make it 12-4. Joe Staten then drove in Huss, and James Robinson drove in Staten. Zach Carroll and Ben Schooler both chipped in with RBI knocks, but Campbell was finally able to get a strikeout to end the game and the threat for the Redlegs to hold on 12-8.


M Redman10000
M Mattice43140
J Robinson21122
B Howard41030
B Clark31001
T Patterson41100
B Longacre31211
J Millard33200
J Bradley21102
K Campbell20002
T Ray21201
B Dempsey11110

2B: Mattice; Howard; Clark; Millard 2; Ray

K Campbell (W)7128651