The Wood Bat players were back at it again on Thursday. The game of the day featured the Lightning versus the SeaDogs. Let's take a look at Thursday's game action.
Game of the Day: Lightning vs. SeaDogs
Zach Duncan took to the mound for the Lightning while the SeaDogs countered with Eddie Herbst. The Lightning looked to record their first win while the SeaDogs tried to retain their second place standing in the league. Weston Davis led off for the SeaDogs in the top of the 1st with a base on balls. After Davis advanced to second on a wild pitch, Christian Baumann took first with a walk of his own. However during the next at bat Davis was a little anxious as he tried stealing 3rd but was picked off by the pitcher. The next two batters were retired back to back to end the inning.
After a quick bottom half of the 1st, the SeaDogs came up in the top of the 2nd. Christian Bloesl drew a one out walk and proceeded tosteel second. The next batter was retired butSam Reiss hit a two outsingle up the middle to score Bloesl and the SeaDogs were out to an early lead after the top of the 2nd.
The Lightning struck back in the next half of the inning when James Hoofnagle singled to the right-center gap. Neil Dua got his job done when he laid down a nice sac bunt, moving Hoofnagle to 2nd. Hoffnagle would then advance to 3rd on a ball in the dirt, followed by a walk to Peter Manny to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Manny increased the threat as he stole 2nd base. Herbst was able to get a strikeout butTrevor Schott came up to the plate with runners on 2nd and 3rd and delivered a clutch single to right, scoring both Hoofnagle and Manny. The two run single game theLightning a 2-1 lead going to the top of the 3rd.
Scoring resumed in the game in the bottom of the 4th as the Lightning's Matt Pasternak led off with a single down the left field line. With one out,Pasternak stole 2nd to give the Lightning yet another scoring opportunity. A walk and an error allowedPasternak to score before the last out was record in the 4th inning with the Lightning up 3-1.
After the SeaDogs came up empty in the top of the 5th, the Lightning would tack on one more run to their lead in the next half of the inning.
The Lightning turned to Austin Bell to close out the last two innings of the game. Herbst led off the inning, however, with a shot down the left field line for a triple. Herbst then crossed home plate on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2., Bell would settle down to retire the SeaDogs.
Going into the top of the 7th, the Lightning had the lead 4-2. Bell started off strong getting Baumann to strike out looking. Jesse Calo walked in the next at bat, but was quickly picked off from first by a lightning-quick move by the lefty. With two outs, Bell really showed his stuff and shut down the SeaDogs with a convincing strikeout of Cesar Gomez. Bell recorded the save and Duncan got the Lightning's first win, 4-2.
Lightning 4 5 0
SeaDogs 2 4 2
WP - Zach Duncan - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
SV - Austin Bell - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO
Top Performer - Seungjae Chi - 2-2, 2B, RBI
In other league action:
Manatees 8 7 3
Hurricanes 8 6 0
Top Performer - Landon Sklar - 2-3, 2B, 4 RBI, BB
Conquistadors 2 5 0
Marauders 1 2 1
WP - Takumi Yokoyama - 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
SV - Ben Rosenbaum - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 SO
Top Performer - Hunter Sonn - 1-2, RBI
Marauders (5-3, 2 games back)
SeaDogs (4-4, 3 game back)
Manatees (3-4-1, 3 Â½ games back)
Conquistadors (3-4-1, 3 Â½ games back)
Lightning (1-7, 6 games back)