Redlegs Top Slammers 5-2


The Redlegs and Slammers met for their final regular season match on Thursday night. The Redlegs sent Eric Williams to the mound to duel with Slammers ace Sean Casey, who had just started for the Buckeye division in the all-star game 4 days before. Runs were hard to come by between the two starters but the Redlegs were able to edge out the Slammers 5-2, doing most of their damage in the 5th scoring 4 times in the frame. Eric Williams pitched all 7 innings and gave up 2 earned runs, 6 hits, and struck out 9 batters on the way to his 3rd win of the season.

The visiting Redlegs tried to get after Casey early as Jacob Robinson lead the game off with a single, but was erased shortly after when Rick Anderson gunned him down trying to steal second. The Slammers took the lead in the 3rd inning after P.J. Dixon worked a walk and later scored on a triple off the bat of Kevin Ashworth. It seemed one run would be enough as Casey cruised through the Redlegs lineup, striking out 5 batters through the first 4 innings. But the Redlegs were able to strike in the 5th. After two quick outs to start the inning, Eric Williams walked and scored on a triple by Jacob Robinson. Jared Bradley then singled in Robinson to give the Redlegs a 2-1 lead. Brad Clark then singled to put runners on the corners, and both were brought home after John Long doubled to left center field. The Slammers fought back in the bottom half of the 5th, capped by an RBI single by leadoff man P.J. Dixon to bring the score to 4-2. But Williams would allow no more, striking out 4 of the last 7 batters he faced in the game. The Redlegs added an insurance run in the top of the 7th after Robinson doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. With the win the Redlegs improve to 13-10 and stand 2 games behind the reigning MVABL champion Dayton Rangers. The Redlegs will take on the Miami Valley Thunder on Sunday August 8th at 1:00pm at Preble Shawnee High School.

Highlights: Eric Williams 7IP, W, 9K's. Jacob Robinson 4- 4, 3B, 2B, RBI, 2R. John Long 3-4, 2 RBI, 2B.