Micomonaco and Mattice Go Deep in 11-7 Win


The Redlegs (1-1) and Royals (2-0) met up for their first affair of the 2019 season on Sunday and while the Redlegs walked away with two victories, the Royals produced some hefty offensive innings that kept both games interesting.

Camden sent Michael Cookson to the mound in game one to square off against his former club, and he turned in quite the effort in his first start for the Redlegs. Cookson turned in 6 solid innings of work, allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 11. The Royals wouldn’t let Cookson finish them off and provided quite the fight in the 7th as they put 5 quick runs on the board before the Redlegs turned to the bullpen.

While Cookson was cruising early on, the Redlegs offense provided plenty of support. Matt Morrison tripled to start the game, followed by a double by Jacob Robinson. Mike Hartman would later drive in a run with a single before Saige Micomonaco belted his first home run of the season, his first of 7 hits on the day. Back-to-back doubles by Nick Davis and birthday boy James Robinson netted another run, and when the dust settled the Redlegs were up 5-0 after the first half inning of the game.

Davis and Robinson did some more damage in the 3rd. Davis smacked an RBI double and James would later bring one home with a sacrifice fly. The Redlegs then continued to pile on in the top of the 4th when Matt Mattice started the inning with a solo home run over the right field fence. Matt Morrison then singled and stole second base before being driven in by Kyle Arend. After four innings, the Redlegs held a 9-0 lead.

The Royals chipped away in the 4th and 5th, finally breaking through on Cookson to get 2 runs on the board. Cookson got a bit of help from the defense in the 5th when Chris Flaherty ripped a line drive into the right center gap, but Matt Mattice tracked it down with an amazing full extension diving catch that ended the inning.

Heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Royals finally figured out their former pitcher as their first 5 batters reached base which ended up yielding 5 runs (4 earned). Kevin Campbell came in and tossed the final 3 outs, and despite plunking two hitters, was able to end the game without further damage.

Despite the late scare, the Redlegs held on for the 11-7 victory and looked to carry that momentum over into game 2.


M Morrison42200
J Robinson42100
K Arend40110
M Hartman43110
J Watson30101
S Micomonaco44330
N Davis42110
J Robinson32020
J Gross30000
M Mattice31110
B Malott10000
A Parks11000

2B: Robinson; Micomonaco; Davis 2; Robinson
3B: Morrison
HR: Micomonaco; Mattice

M Cookson (W)6775116
K Campbell 110000