Redlegs Fall Short in Debut


The Redlegs lost their inaugural game against the South Dayton Slammers in a pitcher's duel by a final tally of 4-1. Redleg hitters had no answer for Slammers starter Sean Casey as he struck out 17 hitters en route to a complete game victory.

Brad Clark got the nod as the opening day starter for the Redlegs and didn't disappoint, giving up only 5 hits and striking out 10 in a complete game effort.

The Redlegs got on the board first in the top of the first inning. Jacob Robinson, Jared Bradley, and Brad Clark walked consecutively to load the bases putting Casey in an early jam. After a quick strikeout, Taylor Guntle drove in the Redlegs only run on a fielder's choice groundball to short. The Slammers tied it up in the 2nd, pushing a run across on a bases loaded walk. Throwing errors led to Slammers runs in the 5th and 8th pushing their lead to 3-1. The Redlegs threatened again in the bottom half of the 8th after a two out single by Andrew Alcorn, followed by a double by Matt Mattice. Alcorn was subsequently gunned down at the plate to end the inning. The Slammers added an insurance run in the 9th on a two out RBI double ending the games scoring at 4-1. The Redlegs tried to make it interesting in the bottom of the 9th as Robinson led off with a single; Bradley then struck out but reached first as the pitch made its way to the backstop. With runners on the corners Casey ended the threat striking out 2 of the remaining 3 batters to end the game.

Historical Notes: Many historic events went down in the Redlegs opener, including the first walk and run from Jacob Robinson, first hit by Kevin Schaeffer, first RBI from Taylor Guntle, and first stolen base and complete game from Brad Clark.