In a game that looked like it was going to be a pitcher's duel, the Buccaneers were able to string some runs together in the middle innings to grab the lead, and they would not look back. In the first three innings, both starters silenced the bats and seemed to be on cruise control. Hammerheads starter, Zak Wasilewski started the game by retiring nine of the first ten batters he faced, seven by way of the K. Bucs starter, Brandon Bonilla, matched him by throwing three innings of no-hit ball, allowing one run, and racking up seven strikeouts as well.
The only run Bonilla would surrender came as Wasilewski reached on a walk and advanced to third after a stolen base and a balk. He would cross home plate after a pass ball skimmed its way to the backstop.
The Buccaneers were finally able to get to Wasilewski in the top of the fourth when they were able to take advantage of four walks in the inning. Dylan Danko was able to score on a pass ball and Anthony Dibartolo was knocked in by a single that was dropped into right field by Jack Little.
The Hammerheads come right back in the bottom part of the inning to tie it up at two. Trevor Johnson reached on a single, and was relieved of his running duties by Tyler Namoff. After a walk, Kyle Musco came through with a big two-out RBI single to right center field. Despite threatening again in the fifth after a leadoff triple by Alex Setaro, the Hammerheads would not be able to push any other runners across the plate.
The Buccaneers on the other hand, were not quite ready to rest their offense. After an error and two hit batsmen loaded the bases, Dibartolo was able to force a bases-loaded walk to knock in Michael Sanford. With the bases still loaded and two outs, Little was at the plate with a full count. Knowing the runners would be moving, the Hammerheads attempted a pick off at third base. The throw went down the third base line allowing Danko and David Van Horn to cross the plate.
That would be all the offense the Bucs would need, but they added another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Chase Aldridge and Michael Silberling teamed up for four solid innings of relief for the Bucs, allowing just one run on five hits combined.
The Bucs improved to 7-5 on the season, while the Hammerheads slipped to 4-8.
In today's other action around the IMGWBL:
Lightning 4 6 2
Sea Dogs 8 7 1
WP - Tyler Helphenstein - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Top Performer - Jonathan Davis - Sea Dogs - 2-4, 2B, SB, R, RBI
Buccaneers 6 2 2
Hammerheads 2 5 1
WP - Chase Aldridge - 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO
Top Performer - Kyle Musco - Hammerheads - 2-3, 2 singles, RBI
All other action from yesterday's games will be made up on Thursday July 16, 2009.