Another Late Rally Sends Redlegs to Championship

09/16/2018
 

Game two didnít have the back-and-forth allure of game one, but it certainly wasnít without itís drama as both clubs pumped out a total of 29 runs.

The Redlegs took a commanding lead right out of the gate as they scored 5 times in the top of the 1st. Adam Parks walked to start the game and quickly swiped 2nd base. Nick Davis then singled Parks in for the gameís first run. Kyle Arend then walked, and later Mike Hartman brought a run in with a sacrifice fly. Still with no outs, Joey Watson socked a 2 run double and then scored on a double by Brandon Howard.

After the Royals took a run back in the bottom of the 1st, the Redlegs scored again in the top of the 2nd. Kyle Arend doubled and Mike Hartman knocked him in with an RBI single.

The Royals scored again in the bottom half, staying in striking distance as they trailed 6-2 after two innings. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd, but Nick Davis helped out the cause with a nimble snag at 3rd base as he moved toward the 3rd base line and snared a hard line drive off the bat of Ryan Callison.

Arend and Hartman combined to give the Redlegs another run in the 4th when Arend hit a leadoff triple and Hartman grounded out to bring home the run.

The Royals stormed back in the bottom of the 4th, powered by a Ryan Callison grand slam as they put 5 runs on the board to tie the game at 7. The Redlegs turend to Nick Davis to stop the bleeding and he was able to get out of the inning, but the Royals scored two more on Davis in the 5th, taking a 9-7 lead.

Camden ended the drama in a 6th inning that saw 9 Redleg baserunners cross the plate. The inning started with consecutive base hits by Kyle Arend, Mike Hartman, Joey Watson (RBI), and Brandon Howard. Saige Micomonaco then walked in a run which brought Ryan Gross to the plate. Gross smoked a line drive into left field that made its way through the wickets of the Royals left fielder and Gross was able to hustle all the way around the bases to bring everyone home. Jacob Robinson then reached on an error, Adam Parks walked, and Nick Davis scored both runners with a triple. Arend scored Davis with an RBI groundout.

Leading 16-9, Davis proceeded to allow only one more run as he struck out 6 Royals as he finished out the game and earned the victory in relief. The Redlegs added a little insurance in the 7th to a 2 run triple by Kyle Arend. Kyle finished the game with 4 hits, including a double and two triples.

The sweep sets up a rematch of the 2017 MVABL finals as the Redlegs and Slammers will once again square off for the title. This time on 9/23 at Gastineau Field at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
A Parks42302
N Davis52230
K Arend54531
M Hartman53140
J Watson63230
B Howard53210
S Micomonaco41111
J Gross42120
J Robinson42201
J Robinson10000

2B: Arend; Watson; Howard
3B: Davis; Arend 2

PlayerIPHRERKBB
K Campbell 3.3377614
N Davis (W)3.6733367