Howard Blasts 4th Home Run and Drives in 3 in Win


The Thunder offense came to life in game 2 and the game was very close throughout as both teams piled up hits and runs.

Kevin Campbell took the ball for the Redlegs in what turned out to be a bittersweet start. Campbell has taken plenty of hard luck losses over the years, but his offense would work to pay him back in this one.

After the Thunder put 3 runs on the board in the top of the 1st, the Redlegs fought back in the bottom half with 2 of their own and then took the lead in the 2nd. Jacob Robinson reached on an error, stole 2nd, and scored on a single by Brandon Howard. Brad Clark then drove Howard in with a double. The bottom of the 2nd saw 6 more Redleg runs cross home plate. Mattice got things going with a walk, then he took 2nd base on a steal. Mike Hartman then hit a slow grounder and the Thunder tried to get Mattice at 3rd but he was able to beat the throw. Jared Bradley then singled in a run. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Matt Morrison put down a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position. Jacob Robinson then singled in a run before Brandon Howard belted his 4th home run of the season.

Trailing 8-3, it looked like it would be more of the same for the Thunder as game 1. But they were having none of that, they scored 5 more times in the 3rd to tie things up at 8-8.

The Redlegs regained the lead in the 5th. Kyle Arend walked and stole 2nd and then scored on a single from Mike Hartman. Hartman would move around the bases and end up scoring on a wild pitch. James Robinson and Matt Morrison both were plunked and Millard worked a walk to load the bases. Jacob Robinson then singled in 2 more to make it a 12-8 game. It looked like they may have finally put the Thunder down with a 4 run lead and only 3 at bats left for the home team.

But the Thunder scored again in the 5th making it 12-9. Brad Clark then came on for the Redlegs in a rare save opportunity and the Thunder greeted him with another run in the bottom of the 6th to put them within striking distance at 12-10. The Redlegs then picked up two huge insurance runs in the top of the 7th that would end up being the difference in the game. James Robinson worked a one out walk and was lifted for a pinch runner, Kevin Campbell. Jared Bradley then doubled which put runners on 2nd and 3rd, and Campbell would then score on a passed ball to push the lead to 3. Matt Morrison then scored Bradley on a ground out to make it 14-10.

The Thunder then rallied in their final at bat. The first batter singled, but Clark retired the next batter on a ground out to 3rd base. Three straight hits would yield 2 runs and put runners on the corners with the score standing at 14-12. The next batter flew out to shallow center field. With 2 outs and the tying run on 1st, the Thunder put the runner in motion only to have him gunned down by backstop Kyle Arend to end the game.

Kevin Campbell improved to 5-0 on the season with the win and the Redlegs moved up to 7-2, trailing only the 2-0 Sox in the Buckeye division. They will take on another divisional foe this Sunday in the Kettering Royals at 1:00 and 4:00 at Belmont High School.


M Morrison30110
J Millard30102
J Robinson42220
B Howard32231
B Clark42010
K Arend20102
M Mattice30100
M Hartman41210
J Robinson11102
J Bradley42210
K Campbell00100

2B: Clark; Bradley
HR: Howard

K Campbell (W)5119751
B Clark (S)263310