Redlegs Hand Slammers First Loss in Slugfest

04/29/2013
 

The Redlegs met up with the undefeated South Dayton Slammers on Sunday on an overcast and rainy day out at Preble Shawnee High School. While Mother Nature provided the rain the Redlegs and Slammers provided the thunder, pounding out a combined 42 hits, 6 homeruns, and 39 combined runs.

The Slammers put a run on the board in the 1st inning, but the Redlegs tied it up in the 2nd when Brandon Howard launched a mammoth homerun deep into the trees beyond the left field fence at Preble Shawnee. The Slammers answered in the top of the 3rd, scoring 3 more times for a 4-1 advantage. In the bottom of the 3rd the Redlegs chipped away at the lead, scoring when Matt Morrison drove in Justin McCurdy on a single (McCurdy had doubled to lead off the inning) and Matt then later came around to score on a wild pitch.

The Slammers promptly put 5 more runs on the board in the 4th to take, what appeared to be at the time, a commanding 9-3 lead. But the Redlegs continued to keep it close, scoring 3 of their own in the bottom half of the 4th. Howard led the inning off with a walk and later scored on a single from James Robinson. Robinson would then later score on a throwing error that allowed Justin McCurdy to reach base. Matt Morrison later would drive in his 2nd run of the game on a sacrifice fly. With the lead cut to 9-6, the Slammers put together their biggest inning yet, scoring 6 more times in the top of the 5th. Branden Heinemen came on in relief for the Camden Club with 1 out in the top of the 5th and was able to get two quick pop outs to stop the bleeding, but the Slammers had the 15-6 advantage as the Redlegs offense came back to the plate. The Redlegs answered by producing 7 more runs in the bottom of the 5th. Kevin Campbell, Jacob Robinson, and Kyle Arend singled consecutively to start the inning, giving the Redlegs a great chance to do some damage with the bases loaded and no outs. Howard then worked a walk to bring in a run and 2 batters later James Robinson singled in two more. Jackson Millard then walked to re-load the bases before Justin McCurdy hit a scorching line drive over the center field fence for his first homerun of the season and first career Grand Slam.

It seemed to be a new game after 5, with the Redlegs now trailing only by 2 runs as the score stood at 15-13. Heinemen pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th, with a little help from Jackson Millard, who made a spectacular diving catch on a foul ball popup to end a potential rally in the 6th. The Redlegs offense was able to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th. Campbell and Robinson led off with back-to-back singles and moved to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball. Campbell would then score on another ball passed the catcher and Robinson would score on an RBI single from Brandon Longacre. Just when it seemed the Redlegs had the momentum and would finally take a lead, the Slammers scored 3 more times in the top of the 8th inning to take an 18-15 lead. That rally was stymied by another outstanding play from Millard, as he caught a foul ball deep behind the plate. The Slammers had a runner in motion on the play and Millard was able to gun him down on his way back to first, as he led 2nd basemen Brandon Howard (who alertly covered the bag) and Howard was able to make the snag at 1st for the double play.

As the rain began to fall harder, the Redlegs brought the top of their lineup to the plate looking to come back once again. But Campbell and Robinson were victims of the strikeout to start the inning, making a comeback bid in the 8th look like a long shot.

But the Redlegs rallied.

Kyle Arend worked a walk before Howard blasted a homerun through the rain to straight away center field, cutting the deficit to 18-17. Brandon Longacre then was hit by a pitch before James Robinson walked to put 2 more runners on. Redlegs backstop Jackson Millard then shot a slicing line drive over the right field fence to give the Redlegs a 20-18 lead, capping off a 5 run 2 out rally for the home team.

Heinemen went out to finish it in the top of the 9th with a 2 run lead, but the Slammers would make things interesting once again. Rick Anderson led the inning off with a double, followed by a single from Curtis Carson to put runners on the corners with no outs. Heinemen then got a ground ball that James Robinson was able to handle at 3rd and fire to 2nd to get the lead runner, but a run did score on the play to make it 20-19. Heinemen then reached back and was able to get a big strikeout for the 2nd out of the inning. Matt Owens then doubled to put the tying run at 3rd and the go- ahead run at 2nd with 2 outs. With the game on the line, Heinemen was able to induce a popup in foul territory down the 1st base line. Brandon Longacre was just able to track it down and make a sliding catch to end the game.

The Redlegs will face another undefeated opponent in the Fairborn As next weekend at Athletes in Action in Xenia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
K Campbell52200
J Robinson52200
K Arend41201
B Howard32442
B Longacre42110
J Robinson42331
J Millard52330
J McCurdy42241
M Morrison41120
M Redman41000

2B: McCurdy
HR: Howard 2; Millard; McCurdy

PlayerIPHRERKBB
K Campbell 4.331615932
B Heinemen (W)4.6794421