Redlegs Rally Late in Game 1 Win


The Redlegs took on the the Kettering Royals in the MVABL semi-finals on Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz stadium in Fairborn. The Redlegs took the season series from the Royals in 2018, winning 3 out of their 4 matchups, but the 6-seed Royals had just upset the Dayton Rangers in a 3-game series that saw their offense put up a whopping 35 runs.

The visiting Royals looked to keep that offensive momentum going as they came out swinging in game 1, putting 3 runs on the board against Redlegs ace Aaron Carmack.

The Redlegs answered in the bottom of the 1st, scoring twice to cut the deficit to one. Jacob Robinson started things off with a walk and moved up to 2nd on a single by Nick Davis. Kyle Arend then put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position for MVABL RBI leader Mike Hartman. Hartman cashed in, driving both runners home with a base hit.

Camden then tied things up in the bottom of the 2nd thanks to an RBI single by Adam Parks, driving in Brandon Howard who walked to start the inning. The Royals took advantage of some Redleg miscues in the top of the 3rd and pushed two more runs across, giving them a 5-3 lead. Chris Flaherty then did some damage in the 4th by launching a 2-out triple to the base of the center field wall before 2018 MVABL MVP Evan Koogler drove him in with a single.

Trailing 6-3, the Redlegs chipped away in the bottom of the 5th. Nick Davis singled to start the inning and moved to 3rd on a Kyle Arend double. This brought RBI machine Mike Hartman back to the plate and he drove both runners home with another clutch hit.

Carmack cruised through the 5th and 6th innings, allowing only one base runner as he gave the Redleg offense a chance to rally, and rally the Redlegs did. After the first two batters of the bottom of the 6th were retired, Adam Parks ignited a Redleg rally. Parks singled and stole 2nd before Jacob Robinson hit a grounder to 2nd base that proved to be a bit too difficult to handle. Robinson was able to beat out the close play at first and meanwhile Adam Parks alertly moved from 2nd to home, narrowly beating the throw with a head first dive across the plate. Nick Davis then singled to keep the inning alive before Kyle Arend mashed a triple to bring both runs home. Mike Hartman then followed with a triple of his own, capping off the four-run rally, giving the Redlegs a 9-6 lead.

That was plenty enough for Carmack, who recorded two punchouts in the top of the 7th to seal the game one victory.


J Robinson30201
N Davis33301
K Arend32220
M Hartman43050
J Watson40000
B Howard20101
S Micomonaco31000
J Gross20001
A Parks31210

2B: Arend
3B: Arend; Hartman

A Carmack (W)786344