Demons Lose 10 Inning Affair in Amherst
Not really, although recapping the experience, as well as reading about it, may turn out to be therapeutic. Or just salt in the wound.
With a controversial ending, the Demons dropped a ten inning game 6-5 to the Amherst Comets. With the game tied at 5 in the bottom of the tenth, the Comet’s leadoff hitter singled up the middle and the next hitter laid down a bunt. The throw to first went up the RF line and the umpire ruled the ball went out of play and awarded the runner from first home with the game winning run. First, the ball appeared to remain clearly in play. Second, in order to award the runner home, the umpire had to rule that the base runner had already reached 2b at the time the throw to first was made. So, it was good to see Jesse Owens again. I guess.
The Demons struck first taking a 2-0 lead in the second on a walk, a hit and a couple of Comet throwing errors. Four consecutive base hits paved the way for three additional runs in the Demons third for a 5-0 lead after three frames.
Jack Kerr cruised through five innings holding Amherst scoreless and pitching out of minor jams in each frame. In the sixth the Comets broke through with two runs on a pair of hits and an HBP. In the seventh, the home team pushed three across to tie the game. Kerr stranded the potential winning run at third sending the contest to extra innings.
The Demons went quietly in the eighth and ninth. In the tenth a leadoff single was negated when a line drive to second was ruled a catch, not a short hop, and the Comets turned it into a double play. And that set the stage for the controversial bottom of the tenth.
Offensively, multi-hit games were posted by Collin Burrows (3), Michael Stenger (2) and Charlie Zkiab (2, including a rocket to LF for a double).
On the mound, Kerr gutted out seven tough innings that gave the Westlakers a chance at victory and for which he should be proud. He K’d five while only walking two. Zach Regas went two plus innings without an earned run. The two hurlers combined to throw 66% strikes in 132 offerings, which is outstanding.
The game at Bay scheduled for today is cancelled because the Rockets have to play a makeup game inside their conference. The Horns take a 10-4 record to Berea on Wednesday at 4:30. See ya at the yard!