By Sam Valentin-
I am at Clipper Magazine Stadium waiting for the start of the finale against the Somerset Patriots at 7pm. Already the fans are starting to trickle in, the smell of hotdogs, and cotton candy fill the air, while the green grass glimmers in the afternoon sunlight. Its a great night for baseball folks. And I will bring it to you live tonight from the press box.
The Barnstormers lost in shocking fashion last night to the Pat’s in the middle game of the three game series which concludes tonight. The Patriots scored seven… yes seven runs with their final four outs to stun the Stormer’s by a score of 7-6. Although Durbin pitched a no- no through six and two thirds innings.
2B Freddie Bynum
LF Deangelo Mack
1B Freddy Sandoval
DH Jesse hoorelbeke
RF Aaron Mathews
3B Jeff Nettles
C Yusuf Carter
CF Johnny Drenned
SS Rex Rundgren
RHP Justin Cassel (0-1)
CF Adam Godwin
LF Blake Gailen
1B Tommy Everidge
3B Terry Tiffee
RF Ryan Harvey
2B Brad Boyer
DH Fehlandt Lentini
SS Jaime Pedroza
C Emerson Frostad
LHP Rich Rundles (0-0)
7 pm – National Anthem
Now play ball
Freddie Bynum up. He grounds out to short. Now Mack up. He lines out to short.
Two down and Sandoval grounds out to short. The Stormer’s are now up in the bottom of the first
Godwin cant do anything. now Gailen who has been on a tear. Well he grounds out and now slugger Tommy Everidge struts to the dish to take his cuts with two down.He grounds out to short.
Three up three down for both teams.
Now the second inning and slugger Hororelbeke strolls to the plate for the Pats.He grounds out to Tiffee for one out. Two down after Rundles strikes out Mathews. Nettles grounds out to Rundles to end the top of the second inning.
Now up Tiffee for LB. He strikes out swinging. Cassel’s first of the night. Harvey up next who also strikes out. Cassel now has two. Boyer up. Brad Boyer grounds out to first to end the inning.
The Pats have Carter up. He records the first hit of the game with a grounder of the middle. Drennen up. He strikes out while Carter takes second. Rundgren singles to left but an error on Gailen lets carter score. Rundles gets out of inning strikes out Bynum and then gets Mack to line out to short.
Now Pat’s up one.
Lentini up. Crushes a foul ball down the left field line.He gets on with a strong liner and now Pedroza up. He strikes out. Cassel’s third of the night. Frostad takes his turn with one down and Lentini on first. Frostad grounds into a double play to end the inning.
So know the fourth inning and Sandovl flies out to shallow center. This brings up Hoorelbeke who lines to left for a single. One on first and one out for mathews who hits a double into the right center gap. Both men in scoring position for Nettles who just barely grounds out.
Now the stormers side of the fourth.
Godwin leads off.He grounds out to first for the first out. Another great play by somerset on Gailen’s grounder to first. And everidge ends the inning with a strikeout.
Now the top of the fifth. Score is still Pats up one.
Carter up and he doubles. Drenned sac bunt to move Carter to third. One out and Rundgren sac fly to center scores Carter. two to nothing Somerset. Bynum up. He has a very lengthy at bat and gets on with a grounder up the first base side. Bynum easily takes second. While Mack is up to bat who strikes out with lightening in the background. That could effect the game.
2 nothing stormers and Tiffee flied out to right.Harvey grounded out. And Boyer struck out to end the inning.
Now the sixth inning.
Sandoval is now up for the Pat’s. He strikes out . Now DH, Jesse Hoorelbeke who lines into left for another base hit. Mathews up at the plate. He looks out at first but called safe. Riundle around 85 pitches after he strikes out Nettles to end the inning.
Lentini leads it off and reaches on an error by the shortstop. This brings up Pedroza who is having a long at bat and does strikeout while Lentini is thrown out trying to take second. Two away for Frostad who
Ching Lung Lo now pitching for the Stormers. He gets Carter to fly out to shallow left for out number one. Drennen up next who flies out for number two. Rundgren grounds out to led us to the seventh inning stretch.
Home half of the seventh and its the top of the line up with Godwin leading off. He gets on with a line to center. Gailen steps in and grounds out to first but does move Godwin into scoring position. Everidge then comes up and moves Godwin to third with two outs with Tiffee coming up in a much needed RBI situation. Tiffee smacks one to the left fielder to end the inning.
With the start of the eighth inning fan favorite, Ross peebles comes into pitch for the Stormers. The top of the line up due up for the Pat’s. Bynum flied out to left for the first out. Mack walks which leads to Sandoval who gets rung out. And another pitching change by Hobson who decides to go with Pollok who gets Hoorelbeke to fly out to shallow left to ed the inning.
Now pitching for Somerset Anthony Claggett who will first face Ryan Harvey who get rung up. This brings up Boyer who take Claggett deep to left for a homer. This makes the stormers still down one but no shut out tonight. Lentini up now and gets on witha grounder that should have been an out but is ruled a single. Anyway this spurs a pitching change. They bring in David Quinowski to face Pedroza with one out and one one first. He sees a myriad of pitches before working the count and then strikes out. Lentini moves to second which he has been trying to do all night. Frostad walks to bring up Godwin with two out and two on. Another pitching change by the Pat’s.Josh Rupe into face Godwin. Godwin hits a chopper to load the bases for Gailen. Big opportunity for him here lets see what he does. Wow passed ball advances all runners so tied up at two. And the eighth is over when Gaillen pops out to short.
Mathews leading off the ninth. He strikes out. And now Nettles up who flies out to center. Could be some extra baseball here tonight. Carter strikes out and this sets up the Stormers for a chance to win it.
Everidge and Tiffe both miss there chance as hero and groundout. Lets see if Harvey can do something. Devils take the lead btw. Harvey fights a blooper to center to stay alive and bring up Boyer but he cant do anything.
And now we have extra baseball.
Lancaster calls on its bullpen Mike Johnston now pitching. He will face off against Drennen. Drennen completely gets ahold of one and puts the Patriots up by one. He could be the hero. And one out in the tenth when Rundgren flies out. Butch Hobson another talking to the pitcher. But it seemed to work as Bynum grounds out for the second out. Now up Mack who grounds out to bring up the Barnstormers who really need to find there offense here.
Lentini leading off. He grounds out to short. One out for Pedroza who hits one sharply done the first baseline which is gobbled up for out number two. Frostad last chance. Stormers down to there last out. Not so fast. Frostad finds a whole and gets a single. This brings up Godwin who grounds into a fields choice. this ends the game. Somerset wins the game and the series.