Williams Tosses Gem in Game 2 Victory


In dire need of a win, the Redlegs turned to Eric Williams to try and shut down the Machine offense. Williams delivered and then some. He proceeded to toss a complete game while allowing only 5 hits, 1 earned run, and 7 punch outs en route to his 2nd post season victory. This brought his post season ERA down to a sparkling 1.38 over 13 innings pitched as he added 10 strike outs, 2 wins, and only 2 earned runs.

The offense also treated Williams much better than they did Campbell the day before. Not only did the Redlegs strike first, they never trailed in the entire ball game. Things weren’t comfortable early though as the Redlegs would score 5 of their 9 runs in the 8th and 9th innings as they had trouble solving Paul Wilson, a 2nd team all MVABL pitcher in 2016.

Jacob Robinson reached on an error to start the game in the top of the 1st, he then stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a single by Brandon Howard, and then scored on a wild pitch. They added another in the top of the 4th when Matt Morrison singled with 2 outs, stole 2nd, and scored on a base hit by Matt Mattice.

The Machine then looked like they might get something going in the bottom half of the 4th. Game 1 Machine hero Matt Clark started the inning off with a single. Patrick Beyerle then laced a hard grounder down the 3rd base line but Redlegs third basemen Mike Hartman was able to making a diving play to knock it down. He was then able to collect himself and the ball and fire a strike to 1st to get Beyerle in the nick of time. Clark was able to move up to 3rd on the play, but Williams retired the next two batters quietly to end the threat.

The Redlegs continued to keep the pressure on by adding runs in the 5th and 6th. Mike Hartman played a little small ball by driving in a run with a ground ball out to second base. Matt Morrison then manufactured a run in the 6th when he led off with a single, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a single by Matt Mattice. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Mattice attempted the steal of 2nd but was gunned down by Machine backstop George Lesher. Morrison alertly took home on the throw down to give the Redlegs the 4-0 advantage.

Lesher then scored the lone run for the Machine when he walked to start the bottom of the 7th and was later driven in by Michael Taylor.

The Redlegs then put the game away off of the Machine bullpen. In the Top of the 8th Mattice and Jared Bradley each walked with one out and Jacob Robinson plated Mattice with a base hit. Kyle Arend was then walked and Joey Watson was plunked by a pitch which brought home another run. Brandon Howard then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to bring in the final run of the inning.

The Redlegs brought two more home in the top of the 9th. James Robinson was hit by a pitch to start the inning, Matt Mattice singled, and Jacob Robinson was hit by a pitch to load up the bases. Kyle Arend was then plunked which brought a run home and another run would score on a wild pitch.

Williams then finished things off on a strong note, retiring the Machine in the bottom of the 9th with a quiet 1-2-3 inning.


J Robinson41211
K Arend40011
J Watson30111
B Howard32011
M Hartman50010
J Robinson41100
M Morrison52200
M Mattice44211
J Bradley20102

E Williams (W)951173