Redlegs Outlast Cards' to get First Franchise Win


The Camden Redlegs picked up their first franchise win Sunday night at Action Sports Complex by topping the Miami Valley Cardinals 16-13. In the 3 hour and 50 minute marathon, 30 combined walks were issued on the night.

Brian Kuhbander took the hill and was effective though the first 4 innings, giving up 1 unearned run and striking out 6 Red Bird hitters. Kuhbander ran into some trouble in the 5th as the Cardinals were able to plate 5 runs, 4 earned, in the frame. It appeared the struggling offense of the Redlegs would continue from last week as the hitters were silenced through the first 4 innings, only managing 2 runs until the 5th. The Redlegs got on the board in the 3rd starting with a walk to lead off man Jacob Robinson, and a quick RBI double from Jared Bradley. They added another run in the 4th as Taylor Guntle and Kevin Schaeffer singled back-to-back putting runners on the corners. Guntle was able to later score on a passed ball, giving the Redlegs a 2-1 lead. However, the lead was short lived as the Cardinals opened things up in the top of the 5th. The Cardinals put together five base hits to bring 5 runs home in the frame, taking a 6-2 advantage. The Redlegs came right back in the bottom of the 5th scoring 6 runs of their own as batters walked 5 times in the inning. Robinson lead off the inning with a walk and promptly stole second. After a strikeout, Brad Clark walked, and Brandon Howard reached on an error, which brought Robinson in to score from 2nd. Guntle then walked to load the bases. Kevin Schaeffer then lined a ball into right field where Cardinals right fielder Dwain Kirtley snagged it on a diving catch, robbing his former high school coach of extra bases. It would suffice as a sacrifice fly however as Clark was able to score from third, inching the Redlegs closer by bringing the score to 6-4. Kuhbander was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases, followed by RBI walks from catcher Steve Benthal and 1B Andrew Alcorn. Matt Mattice and Jacob Robinson singled in succession to bring two more runs home to finish the innings scoring and giving the Redlegs a 8-6 lead.

The Redlegs were then able to play add on in the 6th and 7th innings scoring 8 more runs, highlighted by two 2RBI singles by Brian Kuhbander, and RBI singles from Mattice and Robinson. Taylor Guntle relieved Kuhbander in the 6th and struck out 6 batters through 3 innings. But the Cards' got to Guntle in the 7th as they were able to plate 4 runs, including a bases clearing double from Chad Jaynes. With the score standing at 16-10 in favor of the Redlegs going into the top of the 9th, Andrew Alcorn took over on the mound making his first pitching appearance of the season. Alcorn had some trouble finding the strike zone walking 5 batters and giving up one base hit, which narrowed the lead to 16-13. With two outs in the 9th and the go ahead run at the plate the Redlegs turned to Kevin Schaeffer to shut the door. Schaeffer quickly dispatched his man, getting a pop fly to second to end the game and record the first save in Redlegs history.

Historical Notes: First Redlegs franchise win, first 3 hit game by Matt Mattice, first pitching win by Brian Kuhbander, and first save by Kevin Schaeffer.

Offensive Highlights: Jacob Robinson 2-3, 3RBI, 3BB, 2R, SB. Brad Clark 0-0, 5BB, 3R. Taylor Guntle 2-4, 2BB, 4R. Brian Kuhbander 2-4, 4RBI, 2R. Matt Mattice 3-4, 2RBI, BB.