Redlegs Drop Another Nightcap

08/11/2017
 

Early on, it looked like game 2 was going to be all Redlegs as they started the game by racking up 6 runs in the first 2 innings. Adam Parks and Matt Mattice started things off with back to back singles in the top of the 1st. Kyle Arend then reached on an error, which allowed Parks to score. Later, Brandon Howard delivered a 2 run single and James Robinson added an RBI single to give the Redlegs a 4-0 lead.

First Baseman James Robinson made a nice catch in foul territory in the bottom of the 1st as he ranged deep into foul territory and snagged the high pop up over his shoulder to record the 2nd out of the inning.

Parks and Mattice then both singled to start the 2nd inning, and later Mike Hartman singled to load the bases. Joey Watson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Parks, and Mattice moved to 3rd. Hartman then stole 2nd, and Mattice alertly scored on the throw down to 2nd base.

The Knights roared right back into the game in the bottom of the 2nd, using 3 hits and a pair of Redleg miscues to score 5 times making it a 6-5 game.

Starting Pitcher Kevin Campbell rebounded after the Knights 5 run frame and turned in a scoreless 3rd, helping himself out with two excellent defensive plays. Anthony Turner doubled to start the inning, followed by a flyout to record the 1st out. The next batter hit a soft grounder in no manís land between 3rd base and the pitcherís mound, but Campbell made his signature play of making a sliding stop and quickly firing to 1st to get the runner by a step. The next batter placed a grounder in almost the same exact spot, and Campbell again made his sliding stop, this time flipping to Ryan Gross at the plate, who made the tag on another very close play.

Gross then started the next inning off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Adam Parks, pushing the Redleg lead to 7-5. The Redlegs then went down in order in the 4th and 5th innings.

The Knights took their first lead in the bottom of the 5th, as they scored 3 times highlighted by a 2-out 2-run single by Alec Hutzelman. Things could have been worse however, but Jared Bradley made a clutch sliding catch in left field with the bases loaded to end the inning and keep the deficit at one run.

After the Redlegs stranded a runner in the top of the 6th, the Knights poured 4 more runs on in the bottom half to take a commanding 12-7 lead. The Redlegs did try to rally in the top of the 7th as Matt Redman and Ryan Gross drove in a run each, but the Knights would escape the jam and hold on for the 12-9 win.

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
A Parks43210
M Mattice42200
K Arend40100
M Hartman41001
J Watson20210
B Howard21122
J Robinson31010
J Gross32111
J Bradley30001
M Morrison20000
M Redman11010

2B: Gross

PlayerIPHRERKBB
K Campbell (L)4.6798314
N Davis 064423