Sox Spoil Mattice's Great Debut


The Redlegs got their first shot at the perennial powerhouse Beavercreek Sox on Thursday night, and the game was a nail biter throughout. Matt Mattice got the ball for his first career MVABL start and despite a rocky first inning, turned in a great performance that kept his team in it until the end.

The Redlegs struck first in the top of the 1st inning when Jackson Millard hammered a 1 out home run over the left field fence. But the Sox answered in the bottom of the 1st as the first five batters reached base. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and then scored on a triple. Ian Huss then drove in a run with a double, but Mattice then picked him off at 2nd for the first out. Back to back doubles scored another run before Mattice recorded a strikeout. The next batter drove a hard grounder between first and 2nd that looked like would get through to the outfield and score another run. But Brandon Howard made a highlight reel diving snag and was able to deliver a perfect throw to a sprinting Mattice who was able to get to the bag in front of the runner to end the inning.

Trailing 3-1, the Redlegs inched closer in the top of the 2nd. Mike Hartman led off with a walk. Matt Redman later singled with 2 outs which put runners on the corners. Redman then stole 2nd and Hartman alertly took home on the throw down.

The Sox scored another run in the bottom of the 2nd to make it a 4-2 game and the Redlegs answered immediately in the 3rd. Millard started the inning with a double and moved to 3rd on a single from Jacob Robinson. Brandon Howard then singled to score Millard and Robinson moved over to 3rd. Mike Hartman then hit a groundball to first and Robinson went for the score, but the Sox were able to get the out at the plate on an extremely close play. A Sox fielding error would yield the 2nd run of the inning for the Redlegs.

The Sox tied took a 5-4 lead after the 3rd and thatís how the score stood until the 5th. Jacob Robinson singled and made it to 3rd on a single by Kyle Arend. Mike Hartman then hit a ground ball to 3rd and Robinson again took off for home, this time the Sox elected to go for the double play but Hartman beat it out and Robinson scored to make it 5-5.

The heartbreaker for the Redlegs came in the bottom of the 5th inning. A walk, strikeout, single, flyout, and hit batter led to a bases loaded with 2 out situation. Robinson made the call to bring in Millard to try and work out of the jam, and he did his job by getting a ground ball, but an error led to 2 runs scoring on the play. Millard would then end the inning with a strikeout. The Redlegs brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the 7th when Howard doubled to deep right center but Ryan Carter, who pitched the final 4 frames for the Sox, was able to get a fly out and strikeout to end the game.


M Mattice40000
J Millard42210
J Robinson43100
B Howard42110
K Arend41000
M Hartman30111
J Bradley30000
Z Carroll30000
M Redman32000

2B: Millard; Howard
HR: Millard

M Mattice (L)4.67107521
J Millard 1.3300011