Game 12 Recap Yankees @ Royals
Roland Michener SouthUpdated Tuesday June 27, 2017 by Jeff Carrie.
After six weeks of games, practises, exhibitions, and more than our fair share of rain, the stage was set for the Yankees to show off all that they had learned. The Royals also had reason to prove their worth, and they did not disappoint, as tonight’s game was as entertaining as any contest of the season.
Strong pitching was the main course tonight, Ben laced a ball into left field, but he was the only player to make contact as three strike-outs left him stranded at first. Josh responded for the Yankees in the bottom half. Despite a lead off single, Ben backed up his counterpart with an unassisted out at first allowing Josh to relax and strike out the next two batters.
The Royals ran into a bit of trouble in the second inning. Two hit batsman combined with a seeing eye single from Ken loaded the bases for Isaac with two out. After fouling on a two-strike count to stay alive, Isaac just missed connecting on the third strike. The Royals bench all breathed a sigh of relief. With one on and one out the Royals took advantage of the one Yankee miscue of the night. A comebacker to the mound was easily fielded by Josh, but the toss to second was rushed and ended up in center field. The defense seemed frozen, and this delay was enough for the speedy Royals runner to turn the corner at third and race home with the go-ahead run. Again, the infield responded as Kai made an unassisted play at first for the second out and Josh launched a third strike to end the threat.
In the third inning the Yankees struck back. Sam B reached base to start the inning. Kai’s sharply hit ball looked to be headed for the outfield, but the shallow center fielder quickly returned the ball in to play. Sam hustled in to the base and was called...safe on a very close play.
Ben hit a missile that bounced off of the shortstop’s leg. Thankfully the Royals fielder was ok, as he sacrificed his body to keep Sam B from tying the game. With the bases loaded, the pressure was on Sam S, who delivered a sacrifice hit that brought his namesake home with the tying run.
In the bottom half of the inning Ben took over pitching duties and showed why he has been such a valuable asset. Three up, three down and we were heading to the fourth. The Royals responded with their own three-up and three down, thanks to some incredible defence including a hard shot by Josh driven to left field with a crack so loud the soccer players must have thought it was thunder. More dominating pitching from Ben led the way in the bottom of the 4th. Then after a long fly ball to the outfield gave the Royals a base runner, Ben pounced on a come-backer which he tossed to Finley to end the inning.
What a great surprise to see Jack at tonight’s game. It hasn’t been the same without him in the lineup, so the players were all stoked to have him on the bench cheering his team-mates on. We’re all hoping Jack’s arm makes a speedy recovery.
With two innings left to play, every play was crucial. Ken led off the top of the 5th with his second single of the night, but the Royals pitchers quickly shut the Yankees down with three Ks. Daniel took to the mound for the bottom of the 5th. The outfield was playing back to eliminate any extra bases and a lazy fly dropped into shallow center field. Ben charged and fired a strike to first base. He was too late to catch the runner off guard and thankfully Josh secured the rifle shot in his glove. Daniel picked up two more Ks and the teams headed to the 6th inning knotted up at one all.
Kai led off the sixth inning and was robbed of a base hit by the second baseman. Jake and Ben put up back to back hits to put the pressure on the defense, but the defense refused to break as our runners were left stranded. The Royals were assured of at least a tie, but were hungry for more.
Ben and Daniel were not feeling generous as Ben quickly scooped up the first ground ball out and then snagged a last second bullet from Daniel who had fielded the second grounder. The Royals made it interesting as they put a man on with two out, but Daniel closed out the game with one last strike-out, at the expense of our friend Jackson.
For two closely matched teams, it seemed fitting to end our season with a tie. Both teams played valiantly and should be pleased with their efforts.
Check in later this week for a recap of the end of year awards.
Thanks to everyone for a great season. The Yankees played with a lot of heart and earned praise from the coaches and parents alike.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been entrusted with teaching your child. I wish them all great success in the future and hope to see them back next year reaching ever higher.
All the Best,