Eleven runs in the first two innings would make anyone think the game is over, but anyone who stuck around to watch the Indians take on Raymond Knights Wednesday afternoon got a treat as the game prolonged.
The Indians came out swinging and managed to get eleven players to touch home plate in the first two innings to give them a 11-1 lead and a 10 point advantage. But the bats were busy over the course of the next 4 innings as the Indians scored four and the Knights scored eight to bring the score to 15-9. 3 outs would have secured the victory, but the Knights put up a fight.
The Knights teamed up for 3 hits in the seventh inning and sent 5 guys around the bases to bring the score within 1, 15-14, before closer Bryce McKinney was brought in to shut the Knights down to post another save on his pitching record.
The Indians combined for 9 hits in Wednesday’s matchup, but 7 came from just two players. Eli Fox went a perfect 4-4 with a hit in each of his four at bats. Fox singled in the first and third innings and doubled in the fifth and sixth innings. Chandler McDaniel also was a best friend to first base as he recorded 3 singles and went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI. The other two hits came from Nick Price (1 for 3, 2 RBIs) and Blake Middleton (1 for 1, 2 RBIs). Other RBI leaders were: D. Penzotti (1), C. Tieman (1), N. Jarman (1).
Aggressive baserunning led to seven steals for the GMS Indians. Jake Vogel, Bryce McKinney, Roberts, Fox, and Trevor Fredericks each had one stolen base and Ronnie Bertolino had two stolen bases.
3 Indians pitchers were used to muster the Knight offense Wednesday afternoon. Evan Price got the start for the Indians as he lasted 3 1/3 innings with 20 batters faced. Price gave up 8 (8 earned) runs on 3 hits as well as 8 walks and 5 strike-outs. Dylan Roberts was called in during the third inning and he was able to last another 2 innings, but not before he surrendered 5 runs (4 earned) on 2 hits after he faced 15 batters. Roberts wasn’t a generous pitcher Wednesday night as he only gave 2 batters a free pass to first base and 1 batter a pass back to the dugout as he got the win in relief for the Indians. After Roberts started struggling in the final inning, closer Bryce McKinney got the call. McKinney gave up just 1 run (0 earned) on 1 hit as he faced 5 batters along with 2 strike-outs as he got the save for the Indians.
With just 2 games left on the schedule, the Indians are well over 500 on the season as they boast a 8-4 record.We expect to see a tough regional match-up as the Indians will host the regionals at Welfare Park this year.
The Indians come back into action tonight, Thursday, September 8, against Staunton. The Indians played Staunton just 2 weeks ago and came up short as they lost 3-7. To make any noise in the 2A conference, the Indians will have to put their 3 game win streak to work and get a victory over the nearby rival Bulldogs this afternoon.