Hey fellas, don’t be afraid to mix in a boring, say, 6-2 victory now and again. You know, the kind where we don’t need to hit in the home half of the seventh. Our rally caps are demanding time and a half.
Dan Carbeck positioned us to stage the late inning comeback by throwing six outstanding innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs (three unearned), and one walk against 10 strikeouts.
After six innings we were all knotted up at three runs apiece. And here is how it went down in the seventh. The Middies scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh with Scott Rennard on the hill. Scott did a great job of holding the deficit at one run when, with runners on first and second, he induced the Middie clean-up hitter to pop out to Hlavin at first. After a double steal put two in scoring position, Scott fanned the 5-hole hitter on a 2-2 count.
The Demons had ’em right where they wanted them, apparently. Down a run with three outs to go. Leadoff hitter Nick Juhas worked a base on balls after being down in the count 1-2. He stole second. On a Rennard ground out Juhas held at second. Juhas then stole third. Joe Paul, off the bench for his first plate appearance of the day, also worked a walk after being down 0-2 in the count. On a Hlavin ground out Juhas held at third and Paul advanced to second. With two outs and the tying and winning runs in scoring position, Chris Chang was intentionally walked with first base open. Michael Stenger singled through the hole at short to send Juhas home with the tying run. Bases still loaded. Michael Augustyn then sent a hump backer down the rightfield line that landed on the chalk to walk off the Middies when Paul crossed the dish. The third home walk off of the young season. You can now restart your tickers.
Offensively, Carbeck registered two base knocks as did Austin Loosli, who doubled into the rightfield gap to drive home two runs.
The defensive play of the game was turned in by Chang who ran far into the rightfield gap and made a diving backhand grab of a line drive just before it hit the ground. It took away an extra base hit and saved a run in the sixth.
The win gives the Demons an overall mark of 5-2 and 3-2 in loop action. The Middies are 2-4 in SWC play.
And ICYMI, Demon outfielder Jack Williams notched a perfect 36 on his ACT. No word yet on how that matches up with Mike Trout’s ACT score. Rumor has it that Jack is searching for the Demon player in the program with the #36 jersey.
Next: At Lakewood on Thursday at 4:30 to take on the league leading Rangers, who after beating Avon tonight sit at 5-1 in the SWC. It’s the beginning of a four game road trip. See ya the yard!