Game 1 - Hambinos (2-4) at Baron Von Fritz (4-1)
The Hambinos got things going early, using a walk and 3 singles to notch 3 in the first and 2 walks/2 singles in the second to add 2 more. For Baron, their lone early-run came when Steve Hausman doubled and scored on a sac fly.
Down 5-1, Baron got another run back as Kevin Ladden singled and later scored on a Dan Keith RBI single. In the sixth, Ladden walked and Hausman singled, each scoring later in the inning, cutting the Hambino lead to 5-4.
The Hambinos were looking for some insurance runs as the game was now a bit too close for comfort in the seventh, but before they knew it, they only had one runner on and two outs. But that’s when the fireworks started. Tony Stevens doubled, knocking in Mike Mulvihill. After an error, Bob Gower delivered an RBI triple, then Joe Pizzola an RBI double, then Bradd Gower an RBI double, then Mark Peasley an RBI triple. An RBI single from Bill Peters would cap the scoring parade, giving the Hambinos a 12-4 lead heading into the bottom half.
Demoralozed, Baron hit into two quick outs before starting their rally. Matt Leasure and Shawn Morris both singled, but then Ryan Garner flew out to third base to end the game.
The Hambinos grabbed the early lead and never let it go, bringing their record one game closer to .500 in the process.
Final Score: Hambinos 12 (3-4) Baron Von Fritz 4 (4-2)
Player of the Game: Statistically, he didn’t have the best game, but Tony Stevens’ RBI double started the scoring wave in the seventh, burying Baron in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. Tony went 1 for 3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a Run Scored.
Game 2 – Baron Von Fritz (4-2) at Randazzo’s Pizza (0-5)
Randazzos was looking for their first win while Baron was trying to overcome the demons of their first game defeat.
After a slow first inning, Brandon Rock doubled for Baron, later scoring and notching the game’s first run. Randazzos tied the score in the bottom half, utilizing 3 singles to do so, before taking the lead in the third on a Mike Howard solo homer.
In the top of the fourth, Baron tied it up with a pair of singles before Ranbdazzos went berserk in the bottom half. With two outs and only one runner on, Pete Corrgian singles before Greg Taylor delivered a huge 2-RBI triple. After a single and a walk, Paul Schenk blasted a 3-run bomb, giving Randazzos a 6-run, 8-2 lead.
The teams traded runs in the fifth and ere quiet in the sixth before baron attempted to rally in the seventh. Brandon Rock and Craig Stewart led off the inning with singles, but two quick outs followed, putting their backs against the wall. Ryan Garner singled, scoring Rock, but then Frankie Fusca popped out to right to end it.
Bad day for Baron, while Randazzos entered the win column.
Final Score: Randazzos 9 (1-5) Baron Von Fritz 4 (4-3)
Player of the Game: Paul Schenk went 2 for 2 plus a walk, with a homerun, 3 RBIs and 2 Runs scored.
Game 3 – Hattricks (1-4) at Randazzo’s Pizza (1-5)
Riding high, coming off their first win of the season, Randazzos went right back to work in the bottom of the first. With one man on, Anthony Miller blasted a 2-run bomb before Paul Schenk and Harry Steglich poked back-to-back doubled, adding up to 3 runs in the inning.
In the third, a combination of walks and singled yielded 5 more runs, extending the Randazzos lead to 8-0.
Hattricks finally got on the board in the fourth as Josh Graef walked and later scored on a sac fly, but a pair of doubled from Mike Howard and Harry Steglich produced 2 more Randazzos runs, pushing the lead to 10-1.
3 walks and a 2-RBI single from Steglich made it 13-1 in the fifth. In the sixth, Basil Papanicolopoulos tripled to lead off the inning for Hattricks, scoring on a Pat O’Leary RBI single.
Up 13-2, Randazzos only needed 4 runs to put the game away early. Pete Corrigan led off with a single ad Mike Howard doubled two batters later. After a sac fly, the second out of the inning, Paul Schenk smacked an RBI single. Harry Steglich followed with an RBI triple, putting the winning run just 65 feet from home. Brandon Crockett delivered an RBI double to end it in dramatic, walk-off (mercy rule) fashion.
Randazzos got off the schneid today, notching 2 wins in the process.
Final score: Randazzo’s Pizza 17 (1-5) Hattrick’s 2 (2-5)
Player of the Game: Harry Steglich had himself a game. He went 4 for 4 plus a sac fly with 2 doubles, a triple, 6 RBIs and a Run Scored.
Game 4 – MaGerks (4-3) at Backdoor Sliders (1-3-1)
The Sliders were doing their best to stay in playoff contention while MaGerks was jockeying for seeding position.
The teams traded runs in the first, as Brian Hilbert delivered an RBI double for MaGerks and Travis McCordy doubled and later scored for the Sliders. After a quiet second, MaGerks put 4 on the board, in large part thanks to Rich Hauser’s 3-RBI triple.
John Aitken doubled, later scoring in the forth for the Sliders, making it 5-2 heading into the fifth. This is when MaGerks let the inmates out of the asylum. A single and 2 walks set the stage for back-to-back RBI doubles from Anthony Maddoni and Rich Hauser. Then 2 more walks set up Frank Turco for his 2-RBI double. 6 runners scored in the inning, and suddenly this game had turned into a route, 11-2.
The Sliders got one back, needing 4 singles to do so, in the bottom of the fifth, but MaGerks went with back to work in the sixth. Once again, a single and 2 walks set the stage for Rich Hauser, who delivered his second straight 2-RBI double. 2 singles would follow as 4 runs scored in the inning, extending the lead to 15-3.
The Sliders went down 1-2-3 in the sixth and MaGerks delivered the knockout blow in the seventh, in the form of Steve Walker’s 3-RBI double.
MaGerks won this one going away.
Final Score: MaGerks 19 (5-3) Backdoor Sliders 3 (1-4-1)
Player of the Game: Rich Houser went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and a triple, 7 RBIs and 3 Runs Scored.
Game 5 – Hattrick’s (1-5) at Backdoor Sliders (1-4-1)
This game featured two teams that both got their doors blown off earlier in the day, so each was looking for a bounce-back. One squad got it. The other did not.
Hattricks made it clear that they came to play early, putting up 5 in the first, including a 2-RBI single from Tyler Roetman. Two innings later, Roetman would add a solo homer, extending the lead to 6-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Sliders got on the board, as Travis McCordy singled and later scored. But that would be the last we’d hear of the Sliders offense for the day.
Hattricks was not done, though. They used 5 singles and a walk to score 6 more in the fourth and added an insurance run in the seventh, winning this one with ease.
Final Score: Hattrick’s 13 (2-5) Backdoor Sliders 1 (1-5-1)
Player of the Game: Tyler Roetman got things going early and often for Hattricks, going 2 for 4 with a homerun, 3 RBIs and 2 Runs scored.
Game 6 – SCLSU Mud Dogs (5-0) at Jackhammers (4-2)
These two squads both sat toward the top of the standings, with an eye toward a first round playoff bye. Much like a heavyweight prize fight, it looked like the teams were feeling one another out early on, as neither squad managed a run in the first.
The Mud Dogs got things going in the second, using 4 walks and some timely hits, including a 2-RBI double from Max Malloy, to score 5. The jackhammers answered right back, though, using a bunch of singles plus a 2-RBI triple from Brian Pestridge and an RBI double from Rob Wardrop to score 4 of their own.
In the third, Kris Carr blasted a solo homer for the Mud Dogs while Dan Jensen kicked things off with a double for the Jackhammers, later scoring one of their two runs. The score was knotted at 6 after three.
The teams traded 3-run innings in the fourth. Matt Figueroa delivered the big hit for the Mud Dogs with a 3-RBI double while Rob Wardrop delivered the big RBI-double for the Jackhammers.
With the scored even-up in the fifth, Sam Matos broke the tie with an RBI double for the Mud Dogs. In the sixth, they added to their slim lead, as Chris Refsnider led off the inning with a solo homer and then they small-balled their way to another run later in the inning, making it 12-9. But the Jackhammers would not go quietly, scoring 2 of their own in the bottom half, as Mike Wadsworth provided a timely RBI double in the middle of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Mud Dogs were eager for some insurance runs, and they got one as Refsnider delivered an RBI double later in the inning. Now down 2, it was up to the Jackhammers to rally. Two singles put the tying run on base, but Rob Wardrop, who did so much right in this one, flew out to right to end it.
The battle of the heavyweights did not let down, and the Mud Dogs managed to hold on for the W.
Final Score: SCLSU Mud Dogs 13 (6-0) Jackhammers 11 (4-3)
Player of the Game: Chris Refsnider came up huge when the Mud Dogs needed him most. He went 2 for 3 on the day plus a walk with a double, homerun, 3 RBIs and 2 Runs Scored.
Game 7 – SCLSU Mud Dogs (6-0) at Isotopes (3-2-1)
The Mud Dogs were hoping to keep the momentum going, as they looked to take a strangle-hold on the division.
B2B2B singles helped the Mud Dogs to score 2 in the first, giving them the early lead. A error and RBI single from Chris Refsnider extended the lead to 3-0 in the second. Then a few more errors and a key RBI double from Brian Figueroa pushed the Mud Dog lead to 6-0 in the middle of the third.
The Isotopes offense came to life in the bottom of the third, using a Jayson Banks RBI double and a Paul Mizvitowicz RBI triple to score 3, halving the Mud Dog lead.
In the fourth, the Isotopes got 2 more back thanks to a pair of singles and a 2-RBI double from Colin Snyder. Two innings later, the Mud Dogs would steal those runs right back as Max Malloy doubled and Sam Matos delivered a key RBI-single.
Up 8-5 heading into the seventh, the Mud Dogs were intent on tacking on some insurance runs. A handful of singles set the stage and then Ben Daniels blasted a 3-run bomb, extending the lead to 12-5.
Down by a touchdown, the Isotopes would need some magic if they wanted to come back. Unfortunately, there were no magic beans to be found. They scored one, thanks in large part of a fielding miscue, but that would be all she wrote.
Final Score: SCLSU Mud Dogs 12 (7-0) Isotopes 6 (3-3-1)
Player of the Game: Ben Daniels delivered the knockout blow as part of his 3 for 4 day, which included a homerun, 5 RBIs and 2 Runs Scored.
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