Game 10 Recap Yankees @ Reds
Walter Baker WestUpdated Monday June 19, 2017 by Jeff Carrie.
Thanks to the players, umpires, and parents for bearing with us on Saturday morning while we relocated from Roland Michener to Walter Baker Park. Thankfully the rain held off and we managed to get a few innings of game time over the lunch hour.
It was another close contest, thanks to some strong defense on both sides. It was great to see the players making contact on pitched balls and hustling in an attempt to out-perform the defense.
Daniel and Isaac led off the game with back to back hits, but when Kai made contact, his hit took an unlucky bounce off of Daniel’s foot. Isaac was stranded at third to end the top half of the inning. Ethan started the game on the mound for the Yankees. He benefitted from some stellar defense, as Josh and Kai executed a force out at second, followed by Daniel tracking down a fly ball to left field. Ethan closed out the inning with a strike-out as the Reds also stranded their lead-off single.
In the second, the Reds defense responded, pulling off a quick 4-3 out on Brandon’s grounder. Jack hustled to beat out a base hit and advanced to second on an over-throw.
Smart base running by Jack as he stayed out of a run down on Josh’ hit to third base. The defense had to watch Jack which bought Josh time to make it to first base. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn’t put the ball back into play and left Jack stranded at second.
The Reds broke through in the bottom of the inning as they had no trouble putting the ball in play. Jake made a strong effort on a ball to third base, keeping the runner from advancing beyond first base. Josh then made an unassisted play for the first out of the inning. After a strike-out, the Reds persevered putting the ball in play and taking advantage of strong base-running to keep the pressure on the Yankee defense. Sam and Josh just missed executing a ground ball on the infield and then a ground ball to third base took a hop away from the infielders. Daniel had made a break to cover third base, but the unexpected hop allowed the Reds to turn for home with the first run of the game. Sam B responded by getting the next batter to pop up which Sam brought in for the final out of the second. Sam is on a good run of catching fly balls.
With the clock winding down, we only had time to for one more inning. The Yankees made the most of it as Daniel and Isaac once again led off with back to back hits. This time Kai’s hit found the gap, bringing home both base runners. Jake followed up with his own single to extend the lead to 3-1. Brandon’s one out single put runners on first and second with one out. Unfortunately, even coaches make mistakes, and Brandon was off and running on Jack’s line drive having been told there were already two out. The Reds first baseman snagged the line drive on a great defensive play and had an easy jog to first base for the third out.
Jack came in to try to close the game. The first three Reds batters quickly put the ball in play, but the ball returned the favour from the first inning as another hop caused one of the Reds base-runners to interfere with a ground ball headed right to Josh at first base. Daniel’s relay to Jake was too hot to handle, bringing the winning run to the plate, but the Reds bats fell silent after that allowing the Yankees to escape.
Thanks to everyone who stuck around for some extra batting after the game. Hard to believe that we are heading towards the final week of games.
Looking forward to one last practice on Tuesday night.