Redlegs Best Rangers - Win 7-6


The Redlegs and Rangers squared off at Athletes in action where the rain fell for most of the day. In the back and forth contest the Redlegs were able to top the defending champs by a score of 7-6.

Kevin Schaeffer made his first start of the season for the Redlegs and pitched well, going 7 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 6. The Redlegs got on the board first as Taylor Guntle launched the first home run in Redlegs history over the scoreboard in left field, it was his first homerun of the season. In the top of third the Redlegs kept the pressure on, pushing 4 more runs across to take a 5-0 lead. Jared Bradley led off with a single and scored on a triple from Matt Mattice, who promptly scored on a double from Jacob Robinson. Two batters later Brad Clark took his first homerun of the season to opposite field to end the innings scoring.

Rangers starter Shawn Schmitt then silenced the Redlegs bats for the next five innings; Schmitt had 14 K's on the day. The Rangers got one run back in the 2nd as Ben Schooler doubled in Shane Fallen who had previously tripled to start the inning. In the 4th the Rangers brought two more runs home on solo homeruns from James Robinson and Jake Kingsolver. The Rangers were also able to score 2 runs in the 8th highlighted by an RBI by Steve Marshall, and another in the 8th on a sac fly from Kingsolver.

With the Redlegs trailing 6-5 going into the top of the 9th Taylor Guntle led the inning off with a single and stole second before going to third on a single by Steve Benthal. Jared Bradley then singled Guntle home to tie the game at 6. Mattice then singled, and brought Robinson to the plate with 2 outs and the bases loaded. With the go ahead run at third base, Robinson delivered a single through the right side of the infield scoring Benthal, but Bradley was gunned down at the plate by Rangers right fielder Shane Fallen to end the inning. Taylor Guntle, who took over for Schaeffer in the 8th, closed the door on the Rangers in the 9th to get the victory.

Historical Notes: Matt Mattice gets the first triple in franchise history, while Taylor Guntle blasted the first homerun.

Offensive Highlights: Jacob Robinson 2-5 2RBI, 2B, R. Brad Clark 2-4, 2RBI, HR. Taylor Guntle 2-4, RBI, HR, 2R. Matt Mattice 2-4, RBI, 3B, R.