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IMG Academy HS WBL Thursday Game Recaps: Marauders Upset Conquistadors in Big Match-Up 4-1

Game of the Day: Marauders Upset Conquistadors in Big Match-Up 4-1

In a potential future playoff match-up on Thursday, the third-place Marauders took on the Conquistadors who entered the 9-inning contest tied for first in the WBL. In a pitching match-up between the Conquistadors' big right-hander Garrett Schultz and the Marauders' lefty Logan Allen (who entered the game with a 3.09 ERA), it was clear that runs were going to come at a premium. Neither team was able to score in the first two innings but the Marauders broke it open in the 3rd inning with 3 runs, which would prove to be more than enough for Allen.

Playoff Picture Starts to Form as HS WBL Enters Home Stretch
Playoff Picture Starts to Form as HS WBL Enters Home Stretch

A one-out double from Christian Bloesl sparked the Marauder offense before Max Furbee and Allen soon followed with back-to-back singles. This brought up the Marauders' 5-hitter in Taishi Kato who stepped up to the plate with 2 runners on and 2 outs. Put in the 5-spot because of his ability to knock in key runs, Kato wasted no time doing just that, driving the first pitch to right-field for a 2-RBI double and making it a 3-0 game.

The Conquistadors wouldnt score their first run until the 4th when Mitchell Gallagher and Dan Kennon played a "2-man game" with Gallagher reaching on a single then advancing to third on a throwing error and wild pitch. With Gallagher now in prime scoring position, Kennon did his job with a sac fly to center, scoring Gallagher and making it a 3-1 game. Unfortunately for the Conquistadors, this would be the only run they would score as Allen was dominant through 8 innings. The lefty scattered 6 hits while only allowing one earned run and compiling a season-high 10 strikeouts.

The Marauders would add an insurance run in the 6th with another big single and stolen base from Kato before an RBI-triple from Matt Smith. Sam Chandler would take over for Allen in the 9th to earn the save with a big game-ending double play. Final Score: Maurauders 4 Conquistadors 1

With the Conquistadors loss, the Hurricanes took over sole possession of first place with their win against the Manatees. The Conquistadors now sit 1 game behind the Hurricanes with the Marauders keeping pace at 2 games back.

Marauders 4 12 2

Conquistadors 1 6 0

WP -Logan Allen - 8.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 10 SO

Top Performer -Taishi Kato- 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB

Around the League:

Hurricanes 7 8 1

Manatees 2 3 2

WP -Ben Suslavich - 5.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO

Top Performer -Ray Filiberti - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB

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SeaDogs 6 6 2

Lightning 6 10 1

Top Pitcher - John Lamb - 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 SO

Top Performer -Jose Perez - 1-3, 2 RBI, R, SB

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