Dark. Wet. Windy. Those are the words that would describe the morning yesterday as the IMG Hammerheads hosted the IMG Ospreys. The Ospreys were looking to make it 3 straight wins after their exciting walk-off finish yesterday, while the Hammerheads were hoping to get back to the winning column after a 10-0 loss on Monday to the IMG Hurricanes.
The Hammerheads wasted no time in trying to get back to their winning ways, putting a run up in each of the first two innings. In the first, Ben Johnson ripped a liner down the third base line and hustled to stretch it into a double. Johnson then moved to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch that went to the backstop. In the second, Alex Setaro reached on a single and scored off of a Robert Guillion triple that one-hopped the fence in deep left field. The Hammerheads showed that they can score runs in a multitude of ways, as Guillion and Nick DiBenedetto teamed up for a successful suicide squeeze to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Ospreys bats started to show some life in the fourth, as Josh Sepulveda and Carlos Arocha both reached on singles and got themselves into scoring position after a double steal with only one out in the inning. However, the Ospreys failed to get the timely hit and Hammerheads starter, Kyle Mucso, escaped the jam by getting the next two batters on a strikeout and a pop-up to short.
In the bottom half of the inning, the clouds opened up, and the heaps of rain delayed the game for fifteen minutes. When the play resumed, Ospreys pitcher, Jesus Sanchez, was able to get out of a two out, runners on the corners jam as he got the batter to fly out to center field.
In the top of the fifth, Ospreys centerfielder, Ryan Brenner, sparked a two-out rally that he completed all by himself. Brenner reached on a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a throw from the catcher that sailed into left field to get the Ospreys on the board.
The Hammerheads answered with a little rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff single by Tyler Namoff, followed by back-to-back walks, another single, and a batter hit by a pitch allowed the Hammerheads to tack up two more runs on the board, bringing them to a 5-1 lead.
The sixth inning brought a very unusual sequence of events. The Ospreys took advantage of some wild pitching, and were finally able to string four runs together to tie the game up at five. However, Mother Nature decided to make another appearance, and this time she got real comfortable. The rain would not let up, and the game had to be called.
Due to the rules regarding rainouts, if the fifth inning is complete, it can be deemed a complete game. Since the sixth inning was not a complete inning, you must refer to the previous inning, which in this case the Hammerheads were leading, 5-1. Thus, the Hammerheads escaped from an Ospreys comeback and got back into the winners column.
The games set for yesterday afternoon were also postponed due to the weather. We will be sure to keep you posted on any schedule changes.
In other action around the IMGWBL:
Buccaneers 1 7 1
Sea Dogs 5 6 1
WP - Corey Wiley - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 0 ER
Top Performer - Andrew Wilkes - Sea Dogs - 2-3, R, RBI
Ospreys 1 6 1
Hammerheads 5 6 0
WP - Kyle Musco - 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 SO
Top Performer - Robert Guillion - Hammerheads - 2-3, 3B, R, RBI