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Recaps for Sunday, May 19, 2013:
Slammers knock off A's, 14-8
Slammers - The Slammers were coming off a Saturday win and looking to make it a 2-0 weekend as they hosted the A's at Fairborn Legion on Sunday. Hank Beasore was making his second career start for the Slammers and limited the damage in the first inning. The A's strung together two singles and a double for the quick 1-0 lead with runners at second and third with no outs. But a pop out to first, a comebacker to Beasore and a strike out looking ended the threat. Matt Owens tied up the game quickly as he led off the Slammers bottom half of the first inning with a home run. The A's jumped back out to a 3-1 lead with four singles in the second inning. The Slammers cut the lead to 3-2 as Rick Anderson led the inning off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball and in the third Joey Everhart tied the game with a two-out home run to center. In the fourth inning, Chris Copeland reached first on fielder's choice, stole second and came home on his brother's single for the 4-3 lead. The score remained that way until the Slammers were able to score 6 times in the sixth inning. Everhart walked and back-to-back singles from Micah Wilson and Anderson loaded the bases. Darren Himsworth then knocked in two runs with a double to deep center and an infield single by Justin Dunlap loaded the bases. Owens walked to score a run and Kevin Ashworth knocked in two runs with a single and Owens scored on a wild pitch for the 9-4 Slammers lead. The A's got a run in the seventh but the Slammers got two runs to up their lead to 11-5. In the eighth inning, the Slammers plated three runs, highlighted by a Wilson double for the 14-5 lead. The Slammers sent Ben Roess back out, after he relieved Beasore in the fifth inning, to close out the game. The A's were able to get to Roess a little as a lead off single, a walk, then a double scored a run. A sac fly scored another and a single made it a 14-8 game. After one more single the Slammers called on Mark Hadaya to make his Slammers debut. It only took Hadaya one pitch as he got a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to secure the win.
Recaps for Saturday, May 18, 2013:
Slammers defeat Mariners 6-4
Slammers - The South Dayton Slammers and Ohio Mariners met for the first time in 2013 on Saturday May 18th at AIA. It was a pitchers duel for the first four innings as Zach Hembree and Jeff Beall kept both teams scoreless. In fact, the Slammers' Beall stuck out the first five Mariners he faced and was perfect through five innings. The Slammers scored their first run in the fifth inning as Justin Dunlap reached first on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a Hank Beasore single and came to third on a throwing error. After a Curtis Carson walked loaded the bases, Matt Owens flew out for the SAC fly RBI. The Slammers added on in the sixth inning as Joey Everhart, Micah Wilson and Rick Anderson all singled with Everhart scoring on the single and Wilson was able to score on an OF error for the 3-0 lead. In the seventh, Kevin Ashworth had a SAC fly and Deane Grandfield knocked in Matt Owens with a single to up the lead to 5-0. In the eighth, Beasore scored off an Owens single for the 6-0 lead. Beall was cruising along until the 8th inning as the Mariners were able to score 3 times on a double and three singles to cut the lead to 6-3. After Ashworth led the ninth inning off with a double he was stranded so heading to the bottom of the ninth the Mariners were down 6-3. The Slammers called on Clinton Krakowiak to close out the game and he was able to do that but did give up one run as the Slammers claimed a 6-4 victory. Beall went 8 innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 ER, 10 K's and no walks to get his first win of the year. Krakowiak goes one inning, one hit, one K and one walk for his second save of the season.
Redlegs Beat Knights 14-11
Redlegs - The Redlegs finally broke their pattern of alternating wins and losses by getting their second straight win on Saturday night, defeating the Wright Knights 14-11 at Athletes in Action in Xenia. They used a 10 run 7th inning to rally from a 7-2 deficit in the effort.
The Redlegs struck first when Kyle Arend manufactured a run in the top of the 1st. After the first two batters grounded out, Kyle worked a walk then stole 2nd (his first of 3 on the night) then moved to 3rd and finally scored on passed balls. But the Knights scored twice in their opening frame to take a 2-1 lead after 1. In the 2nd, a potential run producing inning was ended early as the leadoff hitter smacked a grounder between 1st and 2nd. 1st basemen James Robinson was able to make a sliding back handed grab and hit starting pitcher Branden Heinemen just in time to get the base runner. The Knights got on the board again in the 4th, scoring twice more to push their lead to 4-1. The Redlegs got one back in the top of the 5th. Matt Mattice started the inning with a single and eventually came around to score on a fielder’s choice ground out by pitcher Branden Heinemen. The Knights then pushed their lead again, scoring 3 more times in the 5th to push their advantage to 7-2. Kevin Campbell took over on the mound in the 6th and would eventually get the win, but was quickly helped out by Matt Mattice who made a spectacular over the shoulder catch at the fence in left field that took away extra bases from the Knights leadoff man Jerel Bristol.
The Redlegs would finally take the lead in the 7th, scoring 10 times, and would not look back from there. Brandon Howard reached on an error to start the inning and was quickly driven in by James Robinson with a double. Jackson Millard then worked a walk before Mattice drove his 2nd hit of the game right back up the middle to drive in Robinson. Brandon Longacre then walked setting up a bases loaded situation for Kyle Weldon who was claimed off of waivers on Thursday. Weldon would work a bases loaded walk in his first career MVABL at bat. Matt Redman then singled in a run to make it 7-6. After a strikeout for the 2nd out, Jacob Robinson delivered a bases clearing triple to put the Redlegs up 9-7. Kyle Arend then tripled in Robinson and scored on a double by Brandon Howard. James Robinson then got his 2nd hit and 2nd RBI of the inning doubling in Brandon Howard. The Redlegs took advantage of a Knight fielding miscue to get an insurance run in the top of the 8th to make it 13-7.
But the Knights wouldn’t go down without a fight, scoring 4 more times in the bottom of the 8th to make it a 2 run game at 13-11. The Redlegs were able to add a much needed insurance run in the top of the 9th. Brandon Howard walked, stole 2nd, and then moved around to score on a groundball out and passed ball.
Kyle Weldon came on for the save in the bottom of the 9th and kept the Knights down, recording 2 punch outs and a fly out to end the game.
Recaps for Sunday, May 12, 2013:
Rangers Beat Slammers 2-1
Slammers - The South Dayton Slammers hosted the Dayton Rangers at Howell Field in a key divisional matchup on a sunny but chilly Mother’s Day. The Slammers sent newcomer Hank Beasore, a 2011 Oakwood grad, to the hill for his first start vs crafty left hander Shawn Schmitt and neither pitcher disappointed. The game moved along quickly as through five complete it was a 0-0 tie with the only threat being when the Slammers had runners on second and third with two outs in the third inning but were unable to score. That would prove to be a big moment as in the top of the sixth the Rangers were able to score two runs. After recording two outs, which meant Beasore had retired 12 straight batters, the Rangers were able to put together four straight singles for their two runs and Clinton Krakowiak came in to get the last out to limit the damage. Schmitt held the Slammers in check until the bottom of the ninth inning. After one out, Matt Owens smacked a double down the left field line and scored on a Kevin Ashworth single. Ashworth then moved to second on Deane Grandfield’s second single of the day. After a fly out for the second out, Micah Wilson came to bat with the game on the line. After he worked the count to 3-2 and with the runners moving, Wilson ripped a liner off Schmitt’s arm and the ball bounced over to the third base line. The Rangers' third baseman picked up the ball and threw to first base and in a controversial call, Wilson was called out to end the game. Beasore deserved a better outcome with the way he pitched but credit goes to Schmitt for shutting down the Slammers offense. Beasore’ line: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s. Krakowiak’s line: 3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB 3 K’s.
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Royals Sweep Series from Braves
Royals - The Royals met up with the Brick City Braves on Sunday in their 3rd and final matchup of the 2013 season. The Royals were joined by some new faces and sent one of them to the mound for his first start of the season. Taking the hill for the Royals was former Northmont Ace Bryan Murphy. The Braves shut the Royals offense down in the top of the first as Kevin Reynolds wasnarrowly caught stealing at Second and then the Braves turned a double play on a hard hit line drive off the bat of Chris Jergens that caught Brian Duffy a bit too far off first to end the top half of the first. In the bottom of the first Murphy looked sharp. He got a quick 6-3 out on the very first pitch he threw, got Wylie to strikeout, and ended the 1st with at easy4-3 to bring the Royals back up to the plate. In the top of the second the Royals were able to plate their first run. Paul Wilson was able to reach on a single and then move over to third with the help of a single off the bat of Matt Koopman. With runners on the corners Brad Koopman hit a hard grounder that the Braves pitcher Earley fielded for the 1-3, but Wilson was able to scamper home for the first run of the game. In the bottom of the second Murphy continued to work through the Braves batters. Wright led of the bottom with a sharp single up the middle and would move to second on a ball in the dirt, but that would be as close as he would get as Murphy struck out Groves, got Earley to fly out to Matt Finster at second, and then he ended the second with an easy 1-3 of his own. With the 1-0 lead entering the third the Royals were able to extend their lead. Jake Wilson belted a double to the gap that was able to score Reynolds and Brian Duffy from first and second before the top half of the third came to an end. With the 3-0lead Murphy picked up 3 straight strikeouts to end the 3rd. In the 4th the Royals started to heat up as the knocked out 4 hits for 5 runs highlighted by Reynolds shot to the Right-Center gap that he was able to leg out the rare inside the park home run. With the Royals now up 8-0 they went to the bullpen to bring in another Royals Rookie, Zach Ryan, Miamisburg grad, for his shot on the mound. He picked up right where Murphy led of fanning 3 in a row to close out the 4th. Entering the top half of the 5th the Royals would wear down the Braves pitching and defense. In the top half inning they would send 11 batters to the plate, belt out 5 more hits and score 8runs. Jake Wilson capped off the 5th hitting a 2 run home run over the left field fence off the first pitch the Braves new pitcher threw. Now up 16-0 the Braves had a steep hill to climb to extend the game. Ryan went back to the mound and got his 4th straight strikeout, but a little control issues walked the Groves and he was able to advance to second on a pass ball, however 1 pitch before a back-to-back he tried to advance to 3rdon a blocked ball where he was caught stealing for the 2nd out. On the next pitch Earley would get to first on the free pass, but Ryan closed out the game getting Sisco to strikeout.
Recaps for Sunday, May 5, 2013:
Thunder Beat Indians in 11 Innings, 7-6
Thunder - The Miami Valley Thunder outlasted the Springfield Indians 7 to 6 in eleven innings of baseball at Howell Field. Thunder veteran pitcher, Evan Koogler threw 6 shutout innings before the Indians rallied for 4 runs in the 7th. Koogler pitched his way out of the rally and recorded 8 K's in 7 innings. AJ Boshinski came in with the Thunder up 6-4, but lost the lead as a pair of errors allowed 2 runs to score. However, Boshinkski went on to pitch 3 shutout innings, recorded 5 K's and then helped himself with a single in the 11th that allowed Koogler to score the game winner on an over throw at third. Ryan Callison led the offense with a single, double, sac fly, and Homerun. Newcomers Max Ramsey and David Hansbarger each broke the ice with their first hit of the season.
Athletics beat Redlegs 12-5
Redlegs - The Redlegs looked to knock off a 2nd straight undefeated opponent when they faced the Fairborn A’s Sunday night at Athletes in Action in Xenia. While the Redlegs held the advantage for the first half of the game, the A’s were able to put to big innings together in the 5th and 6th that would eventually lead to their victory.
The Redlegs struck first in the top of the 1st inning. After two quick groundouts, Kyle Arend and Brandon Howard both reached on errors putting runners on the corners. Brandon Longacre then laced a line drive to center field to bring in Arend. After the A’s tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the 2nd, the Redlegs reclaimed the lead in the top of the 3rd. Matt Redman continued his hot start by leading off the inning with a single before Jacob Robinson singled. Kyle Arend then delivered a double to the gap in left center that drove both runners in. Kyle would later steal 3rd and then score on an overthrow making it a 4-1 game.
The only other Redleg run came in the 8th when Jacob Robinson started the inning with an infield single and moved to 2nd when Kyle Arend was hit by a pitch. Robinson was then able to score when the A’s attempted a pick off at 2nd resulting in the ball rolling into center field.
The A’s however were able to put 11 runs on the board in the 5th and 6th inning which would be enough for the win. The Redlegs will be at Athletes in Action again next Sunday to take on the Springfield Indians at 1:00.
Athletics - The Athletics hooked up with the Redlegs at AIA and the Athletics came away with a hard fought 12 to 5 win. Shawn Haffner got the start and pitched well giving up an unearned run in the first then 2 earned and an unearned run in the third. The Athletics got 1 run in the second and after 4 innings the Redlegs led 4 to 2. The Redlegs threatened in the fifth but after an Athletics error and a hit batsman Haffner induced a ground ball to go to the bottom of the fifth trailing 4 to 2. The Athletics sent 10 batters to the plate scoring 5 runs. Don Parrish threw well for the Redlegs but ran out of gas and gave way to Kevin Campbell who gave up a walk then got a strikeout with the bases loaded then gave up a sacrifice fly a single and a 2 out double as the Athletics scored 5 to take a 7 to 4 lead. Haffner gave up a single but got out of the sixth with no damage. In the bottom of the sixth the Athletics sent 9 hitters to plate scoring 4 more on a bases loaded single by Jared Whited 2 RBIs a single by Andrew Johnson to take a 11 to 4 lead. Haffner gave up an unearned run on an error a hit batsman and a throwing error in the eighth and Brandon Kunkle doubled and scored on Zach Swartz RBI single to end the scoring at 12 to 5.
Haffner picked up the win going 8 strong giving up 5 runs 2 earned scattering 6 hits striking out 5. Don Parrish took the loss working 4 innings giving up 4 hits but walking 8. Kyle Combs was 1 for 1 with 3 walks scoring 3 times; AJ Jiles 1 for 1 with 3 walks 2 runs scored; Jared Whited 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs; Joey Watson 2 for 4 with an RBI; Andrew Johnson 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and Jon Webb had a double and 3 RBIs to lead the Athletics. The Redlegs were led by Kyle Arend with a double and 2 RBIs, Brandon Longacre with 2 hits, and Greg LeBouef with a single.
Royals beat Knights 16-1
Royals - The Royals took the field Sunday under cloudy skies to face the new
Wright Knights, but the Boys in Blue were looking to heat things up
early. Royals veteran Jason Holmberg was on the mound for his third
start of the season. The Knights were at the plate first and they came
out swinging as the rain started to fall. Bristol got things started for
the Knights with a leadoff double and then moved over to 3rd after a
pass ball. McKenzie was able to score Bristol with a sharp single for
the 1-0 lead. The Knights would get runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out,
and Sobotka laced a hard hit ball to right that would've plated 2 as the
Knights were running on the full count pitch. However Royals veteran
outfielder Eric Jameson used his height advantage to nab the ball
sailing over his head to send the Knights retreating to their bases.
Brad Koopman ended the top half of the inning picking off his 2nd runner
of the inning. The Knights lead was short lived as Kevin Reynolds
reached with a leadoff single and got into scoring position swiping 2nd
2 pitches later. Brian Duffy plated Reynolds with his 1st of 3 hits to
tie the game at 1. As the 2nd inning got started Holmberg got into his
groove on the mound as the the Knights went down 1-2-3 with the help of
B. Koopman's 3rd runner caught stealing. From there Holmberg kept the
Knights in check only allowing 1 more hit over the course of the game.
In the bottom half of the 2nd with the game tied at 1 the Royals bats
started to heat up. Frank Burgos reached base with the free pass and
Reynolds moved him around with a single. Duffy broke the tie with a
double to score Burgos from 2nd, and Holmberg then cleared them with his
first single of the game. With the 4-1 lead, Holmberg kept the Knights
at bay as the Boys in Blue offense kicked it into high gear as they
would send 21 batters to the plate over the 3rd and 4th innings and
score 6 runs in each inning. Jake Wilson gave the Royals enough to end
the game early as he score Duffy from 1st with a triple to the fence and
was able to scamper home on the errant throw. With the game out of reach
for the Knights, Holmberg took the mound to close it out. He was able to
get a quick groundout to 3rd and a strikeout, but with 2 outs the
Knights would threaten to extend the game as the would load the bases
with 2 walks and their 4th hit. However Holmberg was unphased with the
bases loaded as he faced McKenzie, who belted a single to score the
Knights only run way back in the 1st. McKenzie worked the full count,
but Holmberg pulled the string and and got the strikeout to end the game
with the Royals on top 16-1.
Recaps for Sunday, April 28, 2013:
Athletics beat Thunder 15-11
A's - The Athletics pounded out 19 hits and beat the Thunder 15 to 11 in 7 innings at AIA. Zach Swartz picked up the win and got relief help for Andrew Madlinger and Joey Watson picked up his first save. Shawn Haffner was 3 for 5 with a triple and 2RBIs Kyle Combs had 3 hits in 4 at bats Jon Webb had 2 hits in 3 at bats with 4 RBIs and Andrew Johnson was 1 for 1 with a triple 3 walks and 4 runs scored to lead the Athletics. AJ Bochinski had 3 hits in 4 at bats Chase Coy had 3 hits John Ramsey had 2 hits as did John Connell. AJ Boshinski threw 4 strong innings striking out 8 to lead the Thunder.
Rangers beat Indians 7-1
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Knights beat Bats 3-1
Knights - The Knights taking their second win on the season over the Bats with a final score of 3-1. Some of the notable performances were Jerel Bristol going 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 run scored and 1 stolen base. Dustin Estepp went 2-4 with two singles, RBI, and 1 stolen base. David Kovac 1-2 with 1 run scored. Jake Postel hitting 1-3 with a single and RBI driving in the winning run for the game. Steven Lettieri 1-3 with a single and an RBI. Jarrett Gray went 1-1 with a single. Matt Sobotka gave the Knights the victory on the mound pitching 6 complete innings allowing 0 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, and 5 allowed hits. Jarrett Gray came in to close out the final two innings striking out 3 allowing only 1 hit.
Redlegs win slugfest 20-19 over Slammers
Redlegs - The Redlegs met up with the undefeated South Dayton Slammers on Sunday on an overcast and rainy day out at Preble Shawnee High School. While Mother Nature provided the rain the Redlegs and Slammers provided the thunder, pounding out a combined 42 hits, 6 homeruns, and 39 combined runs.
The Slammers put a run on the board in the 1st inning, but the Redlegs tied it up in the 2nd when Brandon Howard launched a mammoth homerun deep into the trees beyond the left field fence at Preble Shawnee. The Slammers answered in the top of the 3rd, scoring 3 more times for a 4-1 advantage. In the bottom of the 3rd the Redlegs chipped away at the lead, scoring when Matt Morrison drove in Justin McCurdy on a single (McCurdy had doubled to lead off the inning) and Matt then later came around to score on a wild pitch.
The Slammers promptly put 5 more runs on the board in the 4th to take, what appeared to be at the time, a commanding 9-3 lead. But the Redlegs continued to keep it close, scoring 3 of their own in the bottom half of the 4th. Howard led the inning off with a walk and later scored on a single from James Robinson. Robinson would then later score on a throwing error that allowed Justin McCurdy to reach base. Matt Morrison later would drive in his 2nd run of the game on a sacrifice fly. With the lead cut to 9-6, the Slammers put together their biggest inning yet, scoring 6 more times in the top of the 5th. Branden Heinemen came on in relief for the Camden Club with 1 out in the top of the 5th and was able to get two quick pop outs to stop the bleeding, but the Slammers had the 15-6 advantage as the Redlegs offense came back to the plate. The Redlegs answered by producing 7 more runs in the bottom of the 5th. Kevin Campbell, Jacob Robinson, and Kyle Arend singled consecutively to start the inning, giving the Redlegs a great chance to do some damage with the bases loaded and no outs. Howard then worked a walk to bring in a run and 2 batters later James Robinson singled in two more. Jack Millard then walked to re-load the bases before Justin McCurdy hit a scorching line drive over the center field fence for his first homerun of the season and first career Grand Slam.
It seemed to be a new game after 5, with the Redlegs now trailing only by 2 runs as the score stood at 15-13. Heinemen pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th, with a little help from Jack Millard, who made a spectacular diving catch on a foul ball popup to end a potential rally in the 6th. The Redlegs offense was able to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th. Campbell and Robinson led off with back-to-back singles and moved to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball. Campbell would then score on another ball passed the catcher and Robinson would score on an RBI single from Brandon Longacre. Just when it seemed the Redlegs had the momentum and would finally take a lead, the Slammers scored 3 more times in the top of the 8th inning to take an 18-15 lead. That rally was stymied by another outstanding play from Jack, as he caught a foul ball deep behind the plate. The Slammers had a runner in motion on the play and Jack was able to gun him down on his way back to first, as he led 2nd basemen Brandon Howard (who alertly covered the bag) and Howard was able to make the snag at 1st for the double play.
As the rain began to fall harder, the Redlegs brought the top of their lineup to the plate looking to come back once again. But Campbell and Robinson were victims of the strikeout to start the inning, making a comeback bid in the 8th look like a long shot.
But the Redlegs rallied.
Kyle Arend worked a walk before Howard blasted a homerun through the rain to straight away center field, cutting the deficit to 18-17. Brandon Longacre then was hit by a pitch before James Robinson walked to put 2 more runners on. Redlegs backstop Jack Millard then shot a slicing line drive over the right field fence to give the Redlegs a 20-18 lead, capping off a 5 run 2 out rally for the home team.
Heinemen went out to finish it in the top of the 9th with a 2 run lead, but the Slammers would make things interesting once again. Rick Anderson led the inning off with a double, followed by a single from Curtis Carson to put runners on the corners with no outs. Heinemen then got a ground ball that James Robinson was able to handle at 3rd and fire to 2nd to get the lead runner, but a run did score on the play to make it 20-19. Heinemen then reached back and was able to get a big strikeout for the 2nd out of the inning. Matt Owens then doubled to put the tying run at 3rd and the go- ahead run at 2nd with 2 outs. With the game on the line, Heinemen was able to induce a popup in foul territory down the 1st base line. Brandon Longacre was just able to track it down and make a sliding catch to end the game.
The Redlegs will face another undefeated opponent in the Fairborn A’s next weekend at Athletes in Action in Xenia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.
Slammers - The South Dayton Slammers visited the Camden Redlegs at a cool, windy Preble Shawnee High School and at the end of the day it was one of the wilder games played in league history with both teams combining for 39 runs and 42 hits. The Slammers jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first inning as Deane Grandfield knocked in Matt Owens with a sac fly. The Redlegs tied it at 1-1 in the second inning on the first of 2 home runs from Brandon Howard. The Slammers scored 3 times in their third inning with 2 runs scoring on Joey Everhart’s second home run of the season but the Redlegs made it 4-3 by scoring twice in their third inning. The Slammers plated 5 runs in the 4th inning highlighted by a 3 run home run off the bat of Kevin Ashworth but the Redlegs came back with 3 of their own to make it 9-6 after four innings. The fifth inning saw both teams score 13 runs as the Slammers were now up by a 15-13 score with the Redlegs tying the game at 15-15 by scoring twice in their sixth inning. The Slammers regained the lead at 18-15 by scoring three times in the top of the 8th inning but the lead was short lived as the Redlegs scored 5 times in their half of the 8th inning, all with two outs, with the big blow being a 3 run opposite field home run by Jack Millard. The Slammers didn’t quit as they got a lead off double , followed by a single then a fielders choice to cut their deficit to 20-19. But with runners on second and third, the Redlegs got a foul pop up to end the game. Matt Owens was 4-6 with a double, HBP, one stolen base and 5 runs and Ashworth was 4-7 with a double and a home run and 5 RBIs. Micah Wilson chipped in 3 hits, Rick Anderson was 4-6 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI and Curtis Carson had 4 hits with a double and 3 RBI.
Royals sweep Braves
Royals - On Sunday the Royals played their first divisional games of the 2013 season. They met up with the Brick City Braves at Rotary Park for the doubleheader. In game 1 the Royals were the visiting team and it didn't take them long to get heated up. Brian Duffy got the first hit of the game and moved from 1st to 3rd off a double by Chris Jergens. Jason Holmberg cleared the bases changing places with Jergens with a double of his own for the early 2-0 lead. Neil Stafford was able to score Holmberg after hitting a scorching single bounced off the Braves pitcher's foot, and then Mark Franklin capped off the scoring in the first with a single to plate Matt Finster who reached base with the free pass. Royals crafty
veteran Kevin Reynolds was on the hill for the Royals in game 1 with the
early 4-0. Reynolds worked quickly and efficiently through Braves
hitters. He got the Braves to go 1-2-3 to end the first inning. The
Royals hot bats stayed hot, scoring runs in every inning of the game.
Highlights from the 2nd inning, Jergens belted his 2nd Homerun of the
season with a solo shot to left-center as the Royals plated 3 more runs
for the quick 7-0 lead after one and a half. In the bottom of the 2nd
the Braves were able to get on the scoreboard as Dan McMenamin reached
on a single and then moved over to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw and a
pitch in the dirt. Kris Sisco was able to sneak another single in there
to plate the Braves only run as Reynolds shutdown their offense. The
Royals continued to hit as they nearly batted around in the 3rd as they
went on to score another 5 runs on 6 hits, again highlighted by Jergens
3rd homerun, 2nd of the game, a 2 run shot to straight-away center.
With the 12-1 lead, Reynolds continued to work quickly on the mound the
offense continued to score behind him. The Royals offense posted
another 5 runs over the 4th and 5th to put the game out of reach for the
Braves. Reynolds finished up 17-1 win with his 69th pitch of the game
as he got the called 3rd strike to end the game after 5.
After a brief break the Royals would take the field as the home team, but with the empty bench and no subs Reynolds was still fresh and he
took the mound again in game 2. The brief break and limited warm-up got
to Reynolds a bit as the Braves were able to score 2 quick runs in the
1st as they sent 7 batters to the plate. The Royals would cut the
Braves lead in half as Holmberg hit his 3rd double of the day to score
Duffy from second. Going into the 2nd Reynolds got back into his
groove, and baffled Braves hitters to get another 1-2-3 inning (6 out of
10 IP). And in the bottom of the 2nd the Boys in Blue got back on top
as they were able to score 4 runs on 3 hits, but in the 3rd the Royals
would put the game out of reach for the Braves. With the 5-2 lead the
Royals would send 13 batters to the plate and scored 7 more runs
highlighted by a bases clearing triple off the bat of Jason Holmberg.
The Royals would add 1 more run in the 4th to cap off the scoring as the
rain would roll through and soak the field as the game was called
securing the DH sweep with the 13-2 win. Reynolds picked up his 2nd CG
win on the day and picked up another 8 K's in game 2.
Defense was what really shut the Braves down. Reynolds was perfect on the day getting the Braves to either put the ball in play or he picked up the strikeout. He didn't have 1 walk on the day and picked up 14 K's
in 10 innings of work. The Defense played solid behind him to keep the
Braves off the bases. However it was an offensive explosion for the
Boys in Blue as they were able to score 30 runs on 33 hits. They have
outscored their opponents 76-21 so far over their first 5 games of the
season. The bats are hot right now and they look to stay hot as they
play next Sunday in their first matchup with the other new MVABL team,
the Wright Knights, who are coming off the 3-1 win over the Braves.
Recaps for Sunday, April 21, 2013:
Slammers beat Knights 15-4
Slammers - The South Dayton Slammers and Wright Knights met for the first time ever Sunday April 21 at Bellbrook High School on a cool, crisp day for baseball. After the Slammers stranded a runner at second in the top of the first, the Knights were able to take the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jerel Bristol got an infield single, moved to second on a throwing error, then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Zack McKenzie single. In the top of third inning the Slammers were able to take the lead for good by scoring three runs. Matt Owens led the inning off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a Kevin Ashworth single. Deane Grandfield then reached first on an infield single with a throwing error allowing Owens to score and Ashworth to move to third and Grandfield to second. Micah Wilson singled in Ashworth for the 2-1 lead and then Rick Anderson reached on an error allowing Grandfield to score for the 3-1 lead. In the fifth inning, the Slammers broke the game open by scoring 6 runs on three hits, a SAC fly and a couple of based loaded walks for the 9-1 lead. Meanwhile, Slammers starter Clinton Krakowiak got into a groove and didn’t allow another hit past the first inning and gave up one more run in his six innings on the mound. The Knights added a run in their 6th inning and two in the 8th while the Slammers added a run each in their 7th and 8th inning for the 11-4 lead heading into the 9th inning. The Slammers were able to play add on as Ashworth, Joey Everhart and Wilson all singled and came home on Anderson’s grand slam to round out the scoring in the Slammers 15-4 win. Krakowiak gets his second win of the season going 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 ER with 5 K’s. Luke Lawson pitches two innings, allowing 1 ER with 3 K’s and Nate McKeever pitches the ninth for the Slammers.
Athletics come from behind to beat Indians 6-5
Athletics - The Athletics and Indians hooked up Sunday and after a back and forth game the Athletics won 6 to 5. Joey Watson ( Athletics) and Matt Spradlin ( Indians ) hooked up on the mound and after 6 innings it was 2 to 2. A J Jiles and Josh Copeland scored runs for the Athletics and Matt Coleman doubled home Kenny Dixon and Matt Spradlin for the Indians. After the Indians turned there second double play in the top of the 7th to retire the Athletics the Indians went to work. Joe Parsley and Bryan Bolen led off the bottom of the 7th with singles and Jon Rose singled home Parsley and the Indians led 3 to 2. After Joey Cherry laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out Kenny Dixon singled into right scoring Bolen and on the play AJ Jiles relayed to Matt Addis who threw to Brandon Kunkle to cut down Rose at the plate for the second out. Matt Spradlin singled to right to chase Dixon to third then Coleman walked. Eric Becker singled in the fifth Indian run. Chris Partin relieved Watson and threw one pitch to end the threat and the Indians led 5 to 2 after 7 innings. Brandon Kunkle doubled to lead off the top of the 8th and scored on a wild pitch and Partin retired the Indians the score was 5 to 3 Indians after 8 complete. AJ Jiles and Jared Whited coaxed walks to lead off the ninth for the A's Chris Copeland laid down a bunt that eventually scored a run and had A's on 2nd and 3rd with no out. After Josh Copeland hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jiles to tie the game at 5 Addis scored on a single by Jon Webb. In the bottom of 9th Cherry led off with a walk and after falling behind 3 and 1 Chris Partin ( A's ) got the first out on a fly to center. After Spradlin got aboard on a fielders choice with two outs Jon Webb made a great running catch in foul ground to end the Indians 9th. Kunkle had 3 hits to lead the A's and Jon Webb chipped in the game winning hit. Dixon , Coleman and Scott Jones had multi hit game for the Indians. Joe Watson threw 7 strong innings for the A's and Chris Partin picked up his first win in his debut in the MVABL. Matt Spradlin was the hard luck loser throwing 154 pitches 9 innings striking out 7.
Rangers defeat Braves 15-5
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Royals beat Indians 22-8
Royals - The Royals met up with the Springfield Indians, former division rival, on the tail end of a split doubleheader under the lights at Athletes in Action. Jason Holmberg took the mound for the Boys in Blue and the Tribe countered with hard throwing Jeff Skaggs. Both pitchers worked quickly through the 1st inning of the game, but the Royals were just getting warmed up in the cold night. They scored 1st in the 2nd as Matt Koopman
belted an RBI single to plate Jake Wilson from 2nd. That was the first
of many runs to come as the Royals would score in each of the final 7
innings of the game, except the 5th. The Royals continued to light up
the scoreboard, but trouble with the lights prevented them from putting
the game away. Up 13-0 going into the 6th the Indians finally got to
Holmberg who had only given up 4 hits over the first 5 innings picking
up 3 K's, but in the 6th the Indians would threaten. They led off with
5 straight hits to score 4 quick runs. As the Royals bullpen was active
hoping Holmberg could finish the inning, an error and another singled
forced a pitching change. The Royals called upon Kevin Reynolds to
close down the 6th, but misplayed towering flyballs allowed the Indians
to plate 2 more runs. Reynolds was able to get out of the inning as he
took control on an infield fly to complete the 6th. Although the
defense faltered a bit, the offense was still working hard to keep the
Indians down. Now up 13-6 in the 7th the Royals got 1 run back as Neil
Stafford scored Mark Franklin from 2nd. Now up 14-6 going into the 8th
the Royals were able to score 3 with Chris Jergens a 2 RBI single and he
would come around to score on an Indians error. With the score at 17-6
going into the bottom of the 8th the Indians were able to put another
run on the board as Eric Becker was able to score on back to back Royals
errors. Up 17-7 entering the top of the 9th the Boys in Blue weren't
done at the plate. Stafford started off the inning with his 2nd hit of
the game coming in relief for Brad Koopman, and Shawn Rudigeair was hit
by the pitch to bring around the top of the Royals order. Reynolds was
able to score Stafford with a single, Brian Duffy scored Rudigeair with
a single of his own, and Jergens scored Reynolds and Duffy as he belted
a triple to left-center and would later come around to score on another
Indians miscue. Entering the Indians final stand they had a tall feat
in front of them, down 22-7, Joey Cherry started the inning working the
4 pitch walk and then moved to 2nd on a passed ball. Reynolds got a short
flyout to center for the 1st out, but Skaggs would put runners at 2nd
and 3rd with a double, and then a deep fly to Jergens in centerfield
would score Cherry. With the score sitting 22-8, Reynolds closed the book
on the game getting Eric Becker to hit into the routine 6-3 for the final
out of the game.
Recaps for Sunday, April 14, 2013:
Royals Topple Rangers 8-1
Royals - The Boys in Blue faced off against Rangers who have held the MVABL #1 Spot in the Who's Hot list for the first two weeks of the 2013 Season.
The Royals and Rangers historically play exciting games and this one
would be no different. On a beautiful day for baseball the Royals sent
Rookie Matt Koopman to the mound for his first start, and he wouldn't
disappoint. Steve Marshall led off the game for the Rangers and got
what would later prove to be the Rangers only hit that grazed off Matt's
open hand and rolled between the mound and 2nd base, but it was enough
for Steve to reach 1st. The game moved quickly over the first 2.5
innings as both teams only combined for 3 hits. In the bottom of the 3rd
the Royals would be the first to score as Duffy was able to scamper home
after an errant throw from the outfield ended up in the Royals dugout.
Matt continued to work quickly through Rangers batters, but in the top
of the 5th the Rangers would tie the game at 1. Robert Riley was able to
reach base as a hard "rug-burner" skipped off the end of Duffy's glove
at short. Riley was able to come home to tie the game after a pair of
walks and a HBP loaded the bases. Matt buckled down and got his 4th K of
the game for the 1st out of the inning. With 1 out, game tied at 1, Matt
was able to get the inning ending 6UA-3 Double Play to end the Rangers
threat. That was as close as it would be for the Rangers as the Royals
busted open the scoring in the bottom of the 5th. Chris Jergens belted a
2 run homerun to left center to put the Royals up 3-1. In the 6th the
Royals would add 2 more off an RBI single by Mark Franklin and pass ball
allowed Brad Koopman to score from 3rd. With a 5-1 lead going into the
bottom of the 8th the Boys in Blue added a few more insurance runs
highlighted by another 2 run homerun, but this time off the bat of Frank
Burgos. Entering the top of the 9th with a 8-1 lead Matt Koopman looked
to finish what he'd started. With 2 outs and facing Marshall who started
the game with the Rangers only hit Matt was able to get his 8th K of the
game to end it! It was a great victory against a tough Rangers team that
has had the Royals number quite a bit over the last few years.
Slammers Splinter Bats 15-3
Slammers - The South Dayton Slammers and Miami Valley Bats met for the first time in 2013 at AIA on Sunday, April 13th. The home team Bats were able to jump ahead 1-0 in their half of the first inning vs Slammers' starter Luke Lawson but the Slammers responded in the top of the second. Joey Everhart led the inning off with a double and came home on Micah Wilson's triple to tie the game. The Slammers were then able to plate four more runs on one hit, a few wild pitches and a couple errors for the 5-1 lead. In the third inning, Everhart was hit by a pitch and moved to third on Wilson's double. Rick Anderson then singled in Everhart and Michael Galaska knocked in Wilson with a one out single for the 7-1 lead. In the fourth inning, the Slammers added two runs as Deane Grandfield singled and scored as Everhart deposited a HR over the hill in left field for the 9-1 lead. In their half of the fourth inning, the Bats were able to get to Lawson as they scored two runs on a bases loaded walk and a HBP. The Slammers then called on Clinton Krakowiak, who came in and struck out the next two batters to end the threat. In the fifth inning, Grandfield tripled in Kevin Ashworth and Everhart singled in Grandfield to get the two runs back. The Slammers got one run in the sixth inning and put the game out of reach in the seventh inning by scoring 3 runs highlighted by a Justin Dunlap double. Lawson went 3 1/3 and Krakowiak finished the game by going the last 3 2/3, allowing 2 H and 4 K's for his first Slammers win. Wilson finished the game 5-5 with 2 doubles, one triple and one RBI and 3 runs. Everhart went 3-4, one double, one HR, one HBP, 3 RBI and 3 runs.
Redlegs beat Thunder 13-4
Thunder - The Miami Valley Thunder suffered another disappointing loss this time to the Camden Redlegs Sunday night at AIA. The game started slow as rookie draft pick, Jacob Hedrick recorded 5 K's in the first two shutout innings with only one hit by the Redlegs. However, the Thunder offense started just as slow, with 3 batters going down on strikes, no runs, and only a pair of singles by Boshinski and Callison. Evan Koogler got HBP in the second, but it failed to fire up a rally. In the 3rd, the Redlegs struck first with 4 runs (2 ER) on a walk, 2 singles, and a walk before the Thunder got the first out. The bases were eventually loaded with 2 outs when a dropped fly ball resulted in 2 more runs scoring before the Thunder reitred the side. The Thunder went 3 up, 3 down and remained scoreless through 3 innings. AJ Boshinski came in relief in the top of the 4th and the fiery left hander struckout the side. In the bottom of the 4th with one out, the Thunder tried to start a rally with a pair of singles by Hutson and Hargrave but they next two batters popped and grounded out to end the 4th score 4-0. Two errors tainted what would have been a 3 up 3 down top of the 5th, but Boshinski pitched his way out of the mess retiring two batters on strikes keeping the score 4-0. In the bottom of the 5th, the Thunder broke the ice with 4 runs to tie it up. Chase Coy lead the way with a lead off walk and some great hustle as Donaldson got hit first hit of the season to put Coy at 3rd with no outs. Donaldson followed by hustling to second on the throw to third. Danny Best sac flied to CF to bring Coy home and Donaldson to 3rd. Hedrick singled to bring Donaldson home for another run. Boshinski grounded to third for the second out, failing to score Donaldson, but Callison picked him up by swatting a 2 run homer over left field. Hutson just got under it and flied out to left to end the 5th with it tied 4-4. The Redlegs manufactured 3 runs in the 6th on a walk, a couple hits, and a sac fly before Boshinski added two more K's to record 7 K's on the night. Down 7-4, the Thunder went 3 up 3 down in the 6th. Still down 7-4, Ryan Callison closed out the game in the 7th giving up only 1 earned run, but defensive blunders added 5 unearned runs sealing the 13-4 win for the Redlegs as the Thunder went 3 up 3 down in the 7th. With the time limit expired the game was called after 7.
A's Knock off Mariners 6-5
Athletics - Shawn Haffner for the Athletics and Tyler Fugate from the Mariners hooked up and when the dust settled the Athletics won 6 to 5. The A's got 1 run on a single by Kyle Combs an error and a wild pitch in the top of the first and the Mariners tied it in the bottom of the first on a couple walks and a RBI single by Greg Foster. The A's went 123 in the second and the Mariners plated 2 runs in the bottom of the second on a 2 RBI double by PJ Dobbins. The A's took the lead for good in the third when Josh Copeland reached on an error Jon Webb single Brandon Kunkle doubled off the fence Haffner reached on an error and Kyle Combs RBI single and the A's took a 5to 3 lead. In the fourth Chris Copeland laid down a bunt single and came around to third on a throwing error and brother Josh got him home on a groundouts making it A's 6 M's 3 after 4 innings. Haffner threw 6 innings of shutout baseball in the 3rd through 8th and Zac Hembree relieved Fugate in the 8th and 9th to keep it 6 to 3 going into the bottom of the ninth. Matt Addis came on in the 9th to close it out. But the Mariners took advantage of single and two walks and Dobbins grounded in to a force play to plate a run Flaherty walked and runners on the corners. Matt Stifler hit a come backer with runners on the corners and the score 6 to 5 and Matt Addis made a great play to catch the runner from third trying to score. After the runners moved up to second and third with two outs Addis battled Matt Piskor to a two two count and Addis caught a 2 hopper to end the game. Shawn Haffner picked up the win going 8 strong innings of 8 hit 3 run game striking out 11. Tyler Fugate threw 7 innings scattering 5 hits 6 runs and struck out 8. Kyle Combs had 3 hits in 4 attempts and Brandon Kunkle had a two RBI double Jared Whited Chris Copeland and Jon Webb had singles for the A's. PJ Dobbins Greg Foster Thomas Fluty Zach Hembree had hits and Casey Waterhouse was 3 for 4 and Toby Stewart had 2 hits for the Mariners.
Knights Beat Braves, 21-7
Braves - The Braves took on the Knights Sunday at Fairborn Legion Field. The game was close through 4 innings with the Knights leading 5-3. Then the Braves defense fell apart with the Knights tacking on 6 runs in the top of the 5th and 1 run in the top of the 7th to lead the Braves 12-3. The Braves fought back in the bottom of the 7th, they got 4 runs back to make it 12-7. That was not enough for the Braves though as they would allow 9 runs combined in the 8th and 9th inning to fall in their season opener to the Knights 21-7. Leading the way for the Knights were Jerel Bristol 4-6 with 3 doubles, a triple, 5 runs scored and 4RBIs. Dustin Estepp was 4-5 with a double, 3 singles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Zack McKenzie was a home run away from the cycle as he went 3-5 with a single, double, triple 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The Braves got their first homerun of the year off the bat of Steve Groves as he went 1-2 HR, 2 runs, 1 RBI, SB, 2BB. Ryan Earley was 3-4 with 3 singles and 3 RBIs. Jeremy Wylie also added 2 singles as he went 2-5 with a run scored. The Knights move to 1-1 overall and will take on the Slammers Sunday at Bellbrook H.S. The Braves suffer their first loss and go to 0-1 and their next task does not get any easier as they will face the defending champions, the Dayton Rangers Sunday at Miami University of Middletown in Monroe.
Recaps for Sunday, April 7, 2013:
Athletics Win 3rd Straight Opener, 19-5 over Knights
Athletics - The Athletics start their third season off with a 19 to 5 victory over the Knights. Joey Watson started his second opening day with a dominating 5 innings of 2-hit, 1-run baseball. Watson had 7 strikeouts, gave up 3 base on balls and 1 earned run. This is the third straight opening day win for the Athletics and Watson has been the winner in all three openers. Jake Underwood pitched an inning and a third striking out 2 but had 4 walks and two hits batsman and Zach Swartz had 2/3 of an inning striking out 1 and allowed no runs.
Joey Watson led the Athletics offense with a grand slam and single (2 for 2 with 4 RBIs with a walk); Jon Webb had a triple and single (2 for 3 with 2 RBIs with a walk); Shawn Haffner had a ground-rule double, a single ( 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs 4 run scored and 2 walks); Kyle Combs had a grand slam home run ( 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a hit batsman); Jared Whited was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and rookie Josh Copeland was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored.
Matt Sobotka had a hit as did Cheston Green had a hit and Jerel Bristol scored 2 runs to lead the Knights.
Rangers come back to beat Mariners 12-8
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"Slammers Win 5th Straight Opener beating Tribe 12-3
Slammers - The Springfield Indians and South Dayton Slammers met on Opening Day for the 4:00 game at Athletes In Action.
Luke Lawson got the Slammers first start of the 2013 season and pitched very well. The Indians though did score two runs in the top of the first with a walk, a Slammers fielding error and two base hits for the quick 2-0 lead. But the Slammers responded in their half of the first by scoring three runs. Matt Owens drew a lead off walk, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Kevin Ashworth single. Deane Grandfield then singled and both runners moved up on wild pitches and Ashworth scored on a Rick Anderson ground out to even the score. Micah Wilson stepped up and promptly singled in Grandfield for the 3-2 lead that the Slammers would never relinquish. In the second inning, the Slammers added three runs on a Grandfield triple and a Wilson single. In the fifth inning, Joey Everhart got his first Slammers hit, a double down the left field line, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Justin Dunlap single. After six strong innings Lawson was relieved by Clinton Krakowiak, who was making his Slammers debut. The Indians got a run in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-3 but the Slammers responded by plating two runs in their seventh inning on back to back doubles by Everhart and Wilson and a RBI ground out scoring Wilson. In the eighth inning, Grandfield reached on an error, stole second, and after a walk, Wilson got his fourth hit of the day to score Grandfield. Everhart then got his third straight hit to round out the scoring in the Slammers' 12-3 victory. Lawson went six innings, 1 ER, 8 hits with 2 walks and 2 K's for the win and Krakowiak pitches the last 3 innings, 1 ER, 4 hits, and 3 K's for his first Slammers save. Wilson goes 4-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 2 runs and Everhart goes 3-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs.