Hurricanes pull out victory, stay undefeated
Wood Bat league action resumed on Monday, July 4th after storms suspended all play on Saturday. Field 2 hosted the game of the day, featuring the top two teams in the league, Hurricanes and SeaDogs. Let's see how the Canes stayed atop the League and check out other league action.
Game of the Day: Hurricanes v. SeaDogs
The still undefeated Hurricanes faced off against the second place, SeaDogs Monday morning. With bragging rights for on the line, both teams battled through seven strong innings.
Joey Pinney got the start for the visiting Hurricanes while Weston Davis was on the bump for the SeaDogs. Luke Parseghian recorded the first hit of the game with a rope to right for a single. After Tommy Georgevich popped out to shortstop, Parseghian stole second to get into to scoring position for Pinney. Right on cue, Pinney singled to right field, scoring Parseghian and making the score 1-0. Pinney would get caught stealing a few pitches later to end the top half of the 1st.
In the top of the 3rd, scoring would resume for the Hurricanes. Graham Giangiulio led off the inning with a base on balls and Landon Sklar followed up with an attempted sacrifice bunt. The pitcherhopped off of the mound to field the bunt and fired to second to record the force out. Connor Rose was hit by a pitch in the next at bat, followed by a fly out to center by Parseghian. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Davis lost his control as he hit Georgevich to load the bases. Davis again recorded another hit batter when he hit Pinney, this time platingSklar to put the score at 2-0, Canes. However, Davis bounced back to get out of the inning with a strike out.
Searching for runs in the bottom of the 4th, the SeaDogs finally managed to put one on the board. Sam Speir led off the inning with a line drive single over the second baseman. Sam Reiss followed up with a single of his own to put men on 1st and 2nd. With Kyushik Nam at the plate, Pinney caught Speir sleeping at 2nd for a pickoff, but sailed the ball over the shortstop's head and into center field. Speir scored on the errant throw to make the score 2-1, but Pinney would finish off the inning strong, not allowing any more runs.
With the SeaDogs up to bat once again in the bottom of the 5th, Joseph Rosario would come on in relief. The inning started off on a bad note for the Canes as Jesse Calo reached on an E6 and then stole 2nd base. After a Frank Winborne walk, Calo advanced to 3rd on a ball in the dirt, to put runners on 1st and 3rd. After Rosario walked the next batter to load the bases, Coach Graham Johnson went to the bullpen. Marshall Hayden came in to pitch but would walk Christian Bloesl to score Calo, as well as Ben Tschan to score Winborne. With the SeaDogs now in the lead 3-2, Speir hit a pop fly to left field that was misplayed . Eddie Herbst scored on the play from 3rd, but Bloesl was unable to advance from 2nd to 3rd, as he was thrown out. After a double steal by Tschan and Speir, an error was committed by the Canes' shortstop, as Tschan would score and Nam would reach first safely. The 5th inning came to an end with a 5-2 lead in favor of the SeaDogs when Cesar Gomez popped out to 2nd.
The Hurricanes would fight back in the top of the 6th as Parseghian doubled over the right fielder's head to start the inning. Parseghian then advance to 3rd on a wild pitch. The next batter, Georgevich, came up to the plate only to strike out on a ball in the dirt. However, an overthrow by the catcher to 1st allowed Parseghian to score and Georgevich to take 2nd. With the score now 5-3, Georgevich would get caught trying to steal 3rd, leaving the bases empty with one out. Pinney and Lister followed up with two consecutive walks and in the following at bat, Hayden reached on a bunt single. With the bases loaded, Ben Smith hit a hard ground ball to the 3rd baseman who fired home. The catcher could not handle the throw as everyone was safe on the play, creating a one run ball game, 5-4. Hayden found a way out of the jam, however, with an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
After a solid 1-2-3 inning by Hayden, the Hurricanes came up to bat with a purpose. The inning started off with Giangiulio reaching on an error and Sklar striking out to put one out on the board for the SeaDogs. Rose then came up to bat and hit a stinger off of the pitcher which the 3rd baseman tried to field and throw to 1st for the out. With a throwing error on the play, Giangiulio was able to tie the game up at 5-5, leaving Rose on 1st base. After a walk by Parseghian, Cory Gibson came in to pitch for the SeaDogs. Facing his first batter, Gibson struggled with his command and walked Georgevich. Pinney was now up with the bases loaded and only one out. As Gibson found the plate, Pinney would have none of it, as he lined a double to center, scoring Rose and Parseghian (score now 7-5). Sam Lister skied a ball to center in the next at bat for a sacrifice fly to score Georgevich. One more run was tallied in the inning as Pinney scored on an infield single by Hayden and an error by the first baseman. Going into the bottom of the 7th, the Hurricanes held a 9-5 lead.
The SeaDogs would muster one more run in the bottom half of the inning, but it wouldn't be enough as the Hurricanes stay undefeated, winning 9-6 over the SeaDogs.
Hurricanes 9 8 5
SeaDogs 6 3 2
WP - Marshal Hayden - 3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Top Performer - Joey Pinney - 2-2, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, HBP
In other league action:
Conquistadors 2 4 0
Lightning 1 5 5
WP - John Roddenberry - 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO
Top Performer - Thomas Walsh - 2-3, 1 R, 2 SB
Marauders 8 8
Manatees 2 2 3
WP - Jorge Leon - 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Top Performer - Ryan McLendon - 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
SeaDogs (4-2, 1 Â½ game back)
Marauders (4-2, 1 Â½ games back)
Manatees (2-4, 3 Â½ games back)
Conquistadors (2-3-1, 3 games back)
Lightning (0-6, 5 Â½ games back)