It was the seventh inning and three runs would secure a victory for the Indians on August 23. With two previous hitless innings, the Indians saved all their hits for the last inning. McKinney doubled to start the one out rally and suddenly the Greenville pitcher got a little nervous. Halleman walked Balzraine and then plunked Fox to load the bases. With another walk, the Indians were trailing Greenville by 2 runs. Next to the plate was Middleton. First pitch swinging, Middleton drove it to right field to bring home 2 runs to tie the game. 2 batters later, McDaniels hit the walk off single to help the Indians beat the Greenville Comets 6-5.
With Greenville scoring a run almost every inning, the pitchers constantly had an uphill battle the entire night. Fox started the game for the Indians and lasted 4 innings before Price came in to close. Fox surrendered 3 runs on a single hit. Fox received the no-decision as he walked 3 batters and struck out 4. Price replaced Fox in the fifth inning and gave up the remaining 3 runs. Price was granted the win for the Indians as he surrendered 5 walks and waved 4. The pitching duo Tuesday night was almost unstoppable, but as errors turned into runs, the Indians had to play from behind the entire game.
The hits were few, but came when they were needed most. The Indians had 6 hits and just 2 runs before the seventh inning. Middleton carried the Indians from the plate Tuesday night as he bragged 3 RBIs and 2 hits. Middleton’s big hit came in the seventh inning as the Indians were down by 2 and his fly ball to left field tied the game and left 2 runners in scoring position. McDaniel then came to the plate with one out and hit a screamer to center field to send the Comets flying. McDaniel ended the game with just the one hit and one RBI. Others hitters were: Balzraine (1), Roberts (1), Price (2 hits, 1 RBI), Fox (1 hit, 1 RBI), and McKinney (1 hit). As the batting cage as become a popular pregame warmup for the Indians, it is surely showing in the scorebook as they have improved from just 2 hits to now 9 hits. As the season keeps growing, we expect the see the hit column keep rising and the wins keep raining on.
The Indians came back alive last night against Bunker Hill as they smoked them 10-0. The Indians have no rest as they return to Welfare Park for a matchup against Nokomis. As the season is just warming up, it looks like this will be an interesting race to the conference plaque and lets not overlook the regional title. The Indians move to 4-2 in the regular season and 2-1 in the 2M conference.
UP NEXT: The Indians take on Nokomis at Welfare Park in Gillespie at 4:00 in the afternoon.