Game of the Day: Marauders Hold Off Hurricanes 7-5
In the Saturday battle between two of the top teams in the IMG Academy HS Wood Bat League, the Hurricanes battled the Marauders with playoff implications on the line. The Marauders flew out of the gates early capitalizing on walks and a slew of Hurricane errors to take an early 5-run lead. The Hurricanes would not get on the board until the 4th inning when one of the league's best hitters in Ray Filiberti followed a lead-off triple from Luke Miller with an RBI-single to make it a 4-run game.
Entering the bottom of the 5th with a 4-run lead, the Marauders tacked on 2 more insurance runs that would prove to be the difference in the game. Christian Bloesl lead off the inning with a walk and stole second base before being knocked in by the Marauder's 3-hitter McClain Bradley. Bradley would soon score as well thanks to a Hurricane balk that gave the Marauders a 7-1 lead.
The Hurricanes were all but done, down by 6 in the 6th when Doug Rovello and Luke Miller sparked the offense with a lead-off single and walk, respectively. After a perfectly executed double steal by Rovello and Miller put them both into scoring position, a single from Edward Marte Genao would score Rovello while Miller would score soon after thanks to an RBI-groundout from Luis Hernandez to make it a 7-3 game.
Still down 4 in the 7th, Ben Suslavich injected even more life into the Hurricane offense with a lead-off double. Andrew Sherl would follow with a walk before a single from Girard Maestas. With the bases now loaded, both Rovello and Miller were at it again with both drawing bases-loaded walks to make it a 7-5 contest. However, Sam Chandler would soon settle down to retire the final two outs and end the Hurricanes comeback attempt to notch the save and seal the 7-5 victory.
Hurricanes 5 7 4
Marauders 7 2 1
WP -Brett Lange - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
Top Performer -McClain Bradley- 2-2, RBI, 2 R
Around The League:
Marauders 3 2 0
Hurricanes 8 11 1
WP -Sam Mason - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 13 SO
Top Performer -Ray Filiberti- 2-4, 3B, 4 RBI, R
Conquistadors 11 10 2
SeaDogs 1 2 0
WP - Zach Hess - 5.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 SO
Top Performer -Garrett Schultz- 3-3, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
SeaDogs 7 10 2
Conquistadors 2 5 2
WP - Jordan IMG Academy - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 SO
Top Performer -George Bowman - 1-1, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Manatees 7 8 2
Lightning 1 5 2
WP -Josh Gurka - 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Top Performer -Peter Finegan - 2-3, 2 RBI, R
Lightning 0 1 0
Manatees 6 9 1
WP -John Davis - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 SO
Top Performer -Chris King - 1-1, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
For full stats, head to the GameChanger Website