Redlegs Win in Slugfest


The Redlegs looked to take the season series against the Miami Division leading Dayton Rangers on Sunday at Preble Shawnee High School. In the exciting back and forth slugfest the Redlegs emerged victorious by a score of 12-11. The two teams combined for 31 hits and 6 home runs in the game.

At the start, the game appeared it would be a pitchers duel between the two teams' ace pitchers. Taylor Guntle (5-0) took the hill for the Redlegs and Jonathon Silverman (6-1) started for the Rangers. The Rangers struck first in the 1st inning, scoring twice as a result of a couple of Redleg errors. The Redlegs later tied the game in the top of the 3rd. With two outs, Robinson doubled and was driven in on an RBI single by Matt Mattice. After a walk to Taylor Guntle, Derek Graham drove Mattice in to tie the game. The Rangers took the lead again in the bottom of the 5th as Tim Sullivan singled in James Robinson, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

In the top of the 6th the Redlegs regained the lead scoring twice on Rangers reliever Shawn Schmitt. Brian Kuhbander hit a solo homerun and John Long doubled in Brandon Howard, who had walked earlier in the inning. With the score standing at 4-3 in the favor of the Redlegs, the first of two rain delays brought the game to a halt for 20 minutes. Redlegs skipper Jacob Robinson decided to send Guntle back to the mound despite the delay, and the Rangers greeted him with back-to-back-to-back homeruns off the bats of Clint Wolf, Robert Riley, and Joe Staten. Brad Clark then relieved Guntle and got the Redlegs out of the jam, but the damage had been done and the Rangers re-took the lead 6-5. However, in the top of the 7th the Redlegs again took the lead. Brad Clark started the rally with a walk, followed by a single from Robinson and then an RBI single from Mattice. Taylor Guntle then reached on an error which scored Robinson, and John Long later doubled in Guntle to give the Redlegs the 7-6 lead. The lead would not last long however, the Rangers quickly took the advantage in the bottom half of the 7th by scoring twice to take a 8-7 lead. The Redlegs looked to put the game away by putting up 5 runs in the top of the 8th, again taking the lead, this time 12- 8. Kevin Campbell led the inning off with a walk, followed by an RBI double from Jared Bradley and an RBI single from Brad Clark. Jacob Robinson then hit his 2nd career homerun, bringing in two more runs. After two strikeouts, Derek Graham doubled, followed by an RBI double from Brian Kuhbander to finish off the teams scoring on the day. But the Rangers would not go out without a fight, in the bottom of the 8th they scored 3 more runs to make it a one run game. Robert Riley led the inning off with a single, followed by Joe Staten's second homerun of the game. Jelani Arnold then singled in Jonmarc Lippincott, who had doubled two batters earlier.

After a scoreless top of the 9th the Redlegs went to the bottom half of the inning leading by one, and Robinson turned to Brandon Howard to close out the game for the Redlegs. Howard pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning to secure the win and get the Redlegs back to .500 at 9-9.

Highlights: Jacob Robinson 3-5 HR, 2B, 2RBI, 3R. Matt Mattice 2-4, 2RBI, 2R. Derek Graham 3-5, 2B, RBI, R. Brian Kuhbander 2-5, HR, 2B, 2RBI, R. John Long 2-5, 2 2B, RBI. Jared Bradley 2-5 2B, RBI, R. Brad Clark 2-4, RBI.