Arend Hits Walk Off Bomb, Redlegs Win 7-6

07/19/2016
 

Kevin Campbell took the hill in Game 2 to try to start another winning streak. He was opposed by the Slammers Darren Himsworth.

The Redlegs kicked off the scoring in the 2nd when two walks and a Brad Clark single loaded the bases to start the inning. One out later, Mike Hartman singled to give the Redlegs a 1-0 lead. A pair of strike outs followed, limiting the damage to only 1 run.

The Slammers tied the game in the top of the third when Pat Kerttula doubled and scored on a Todd Barhorst single.

The Redlegs answered by plating 4 in their half of the third. Jake Robinson singled and stole second base and scored on a double by Jackson Millard. One out later, Joey Watson drew a walk and Clark drove in Millard with a single. Matt Morrison drove in another run with a single and Hartman added on with a sacrifice fly to give the Redlegs a 5-1 lead.

Dan Barnhorst chipped a run off the Redlegs lead with a 5th inning home run to make it 5-2.

The Slammers rallied and claimed the lead in the 6th. Campbell allowed a lead off single and the next hitter reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate. Campbell was relieved by Brad Clark to try to put out the fire. The Slammers werenít done though. After a ground out, Rick Anderson singled in a run to make it 5-3. Dan Barhorst then hit a two run double to tie the game. David Schwehm followed with another double to score Barhorst and give the Slammers their first lead of the day at 6-5.

In the bottom of the 6th, Morrison singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Matt Mattice tied the game with a single to score Morrison. A strike out and a ground out ended the inning and sent the tie game to the 7th.

Kevin Campbell re-entered to retire the Slammers in order in the 7th.

The Redlegs went into the 7th trying to avoid extra innings and come away with the win. After the lead off batter was retired, Kyle Arend stepped to the plate. The Slammers were able to frustrate him all day, coming in 0 for 5 combined between the two games of the double header. Slammers reliever David Schwehm got a curve over for a strike. Arend then worked the count back in his favor before Schwehm reached back and fired a high fastball that Arend took a big hack at and came up empty. Arend worked the count full and Schwehm tried to sneak another fastball by him. Arend didnít miss this one. Instead, he delivered a walk off win by hammering a no doubter over the left field fence. The dramatic homerun gave the Redlegs a huge win over another front runner in the MVABL. Not only was it Kyle Arend's first career walk off home run, but it was also the first in Redlegs history!

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
J Robinson31101
J Millard41110
K Arend41110
J Watson10202
B Clark22111
J Robinson10002
M Morrison32110
M Hartman10021
M Mattice32010
J Bradley10000
M Redman20000
G Pfeiffer20000

2B: Millard
HR: Arend

PlayerIPHRERKBB
K Campbell (W)644341
B Clark 132200