With a win and a little help with a win by the Conquistadors, the Hammerheads could have propelled themselves into the IMG Wood Bat League Championship game on Saturday. Luck was not in the cards, however, and both teams fell, leaving the Ospreys and the Hurricanes to duke it out for the 'ship.
The Hammerheads came out in the first inning with a lot of energy and landed three runs in the top of the first. Alex Setaro walked, Ben Johnson had his usual at-bat launching a double to left center, and Trevor Johnson loaded the bases after taking a pitch to the back. Tyler Namoff came through with a single up the middle to knock in Setaro. Ben Johnson scored on a fielder's choice, and Trevor Johnson came home on a pass ball.
The Ospreys put the top of the first behind them with some loud bats and exciting offense in the bottom half of the inning. The first six batters all came around to score and this game had anything but a pitcher's duel going on. The Ospreys top of the order duo of Ryan Brenner and Anthony Conte once again set the tone for the offense. Brenner, who had four hits, led off with a double to left center, and moved to third on a bunt single by Conte to get the six-run inning started. Carlos Arocha and Tomas Munoz followed with RBI singles. A walk, an error, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice brought in three more runs. As the lineup made its second go-around, Brenner collected his second hit of the inning, an RBI single, and the Ospreys regained the lead, 6-3.
The Hammerheads could not get their bats going again, gathering only two hits for the rest of the game, and left six runners on base over the last three innings.
The Ospreys picked up another run in the third; again Brenner came across the plate after reaching on a bunt single and stole second to get into scoring position.
With a 7-3 lead heading into the fifth inning, the combination of the Ospreys offense being revived and the Hammerheads defense falling apart allowed the Ospreys to send ten batters to the plate. Four errors and four hits led to six runs coming around to score, ending the game due to the ten-run mercy rule. Brenner, Conte, and Tomas Munoz all had hits in the inning, and Jesus Sanchez, who started the rally by reaching on an error, ended the game poking a single to left center scoring Munoz.
With the win, the Ospreys went undefeated in pool play, and marched into the IMGWBL Championship game. The Championship will be played on Saturday at 12:00pm at Academy Park.
In yesterday's other IMGWBL playoff action:
Buccaneers 7 6 3
Conquistadors 5 6 3
WP - Brandon Bonilla - 4 IP, 3 H, 4 SO
Top Performer - Jack Little - 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Hammerheads 3 6 6
Ospreys 13 13 1
WP - Ben Rockwell - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
Top Performer - Ryan Brenner - Ospreys - 4-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 SB, 3 RBI
These games were cancelled yesterday due to rain, but were made up this morning.
Mustangs 4 4 3
Sea Dogs 6 13 0
WP - Carlos Lira - 3 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 SO
Top Performer - Chris Dinelli - 3-4, 3B, 2 SB, RBI, 2 R
Lightning 5 5 1
Hurricanes 6 6 0
WP - Nick Castellano 3 IP
SV - Nick Mace
Top Performer - Cal Lambert - Hurricanes - 2-3