Game of the Day: SeaDogs Score 6 in the 6th to Top Marauders 7-6
In one of the final tune-ups before championship week, the Marauders took on the SeaDogs with playoff seeds still up for grabs. The game started in an unusual fashion with the Marauders scoring in the top half of the first after essentially the first 3 hitters of the inning were retired. After 2 quick outs, the SeaDogs' Jordan IMG Academy struck out the Marauder's 3-hitter, Logan Allen. However, a past ball and heads-up baserunning from Allen put him on first thanks to a drop third strike. Just a walk to Jon Halverson and single by Max Furbee after, the Marauders had taken an early 1-0 lead. The Marauders would tack on another run in the 3rd thanks to a sac fly from Halverson scoring Christian Bloesl to make it a 2-0 game.
The SeaDogs finally got on the board in the 4th thanks to a lead-off double from Jorge Leon. Leon would advance on a groundout from Josh Duster before scoring on another groundout by IMG Academy to make it a 2-1 game. However, the Marauders would add to their lead in the 6th thanks in large part to an RBI-double from Taishi Kato and a sac fly by Matt Smith that made it a 5-1 affair.
Now trailing by 4 in the 6th, the SeaDogs offense simply came alive. Every person in the order contributed to the big inning that would see the SeaDogs bat around the order and tally a total of 6 runs. Leon once again sparked the rally with a lead-off walk. Duster, Philippe Maatouk, Seth Blumenau and Cade Moyer would all hit safely with Eric Feliz and George Bowman drawing a walk. Blumenau's 2-out single may have had the biggest impact scoring 2 runs and taking the lead for the SeaDogs (Blumenau would ultimately end up with the W on the mound as well). Heading into the 7th, the SeaDogs had completely swung the momentum, taking a 7-5 lead.
The Marauders would threaten in the 7th, with Jesse Blumenau pinch-hitting and scoring a run. However, the SeaDogs' Duster would soon earn the save, sealing the 7-6 victory.
Marauders 6 5 3
SeaDogs 7 5 4
WP -Seth Blumenau - 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO
Top Performer -Jorge Leon - 1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB
Around the League:
Conquistadors 5 8 1
Manatees 3 4 0
WP -Zach Hess - 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 SO
Top Performer -Garrett Schultz - 2-3, 2 RBI
!! Upset Alert !!!
Lightning 8 12 0
Hurricanes 6 10 4
WP -Ross Dodds - 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Top Performer -Alex Gonzalez - 2-3, 2 RBI, BB
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