It's a Win, it's a Save, it's SuperMack!

08/15/2021
 

Camden survived a ferocious comeback attempt from the Mad River Machine on Tuesday night, as they edged out a heart pumping 10-9 win which saw the Machine in a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Early on, this game looked like it was going to be a smooth sailing victory for the Redlegs. Camden put a couple of 2-out runs on the board in the top of the 1st thanks to an RBI single by Mike Hartman and a run scored on a wild pitch. They tacked on 7 more runs in the top of the 4th. Eric Jameson and Joey Watson worked walks before Cody Saraco-Polner singled to load the bases. Jacob Robinson and Jesse Jones then each worked RBI walks before Kyle Arend hammered a 2-run double into the gap in left center field.

Leading 9-1, Aaron Carmack cruised through the bottom of the 4th and exited the game in line to receive the win. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 4 in the abbreviated start.

Camden added an extra insurance run in the 5th thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lucas Smith. This gave the Redlegs a 10-1 lead and didn't seem like much at the time, but it would turn out to be a very important run.

After a quiet 5th inning, the Machine exploded for 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th, cutting the deficit to just 4 runs. It seemed it didnít matter who the Redlegs put on the mound, the Machine were simply dialed in and continued to hit no matter the pitcher as the Redlegs cycled through 3 different arms in relief. They quickly scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 7th, and had the bases loaded and the tying run on 3rd base with just one out.

The Redlegs would then turn back to Carmack, and he came up huge in the pressure packed situation. Carmack recorded a strikeout for the 2nd out of the inning, and then a ground ball to 2nd that Brandon Howard was able to vacuum up and deliver to 1st to end the game. Unfortunately, a pitcher cannot earn a win and a save in the same game, but it was evident who saved the day for Camden in this one. Carmackís final line was 4 2/3 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts, 2 hits and 1 run allowed, earning his 4th win of the season.

Camden is next in action on Sunday in a big matchup against the Xenia Scouts. Both clubs are 15-5 and currently tied for first place in the MVABL standings. They will play at Madison High School at 1:00pm.

Boxscore

PlayerABHRRBIBB
J Robinson20112
J Jones30111
K Arend21222
B Howard32201
M Hartman31011
T Eaton20002
E Koogler40000
E Jameson10103
J Watson20102
C Saraco-Polner21200
K Campbell10000
L Smith00010

2B: Arend

PlayerIPHRERKBB
A Carmack (W)4.6721162
K Campbell 265520
J Watson 013302
E Koogler 0.3320000