Fall Recap: Blue Takes 2-1 Series Lead on Greckel’s Walk Off

One day after an 11-3 thrashing, the route appeared to be on again, as Blue jumped out to an early 4-1 lead.  However, after furious rally by Black, to take 5-4 lead into the 7th, Nolan Greckel delivers a 2 out bases loaded RBI single to walk off with a 2-1 Black and Blue Lead.

Frank Wager # 31Chase Burks got the start for the Blue squad, and got hit around in the first, but escaped a jam while giving up only a single run.  Meanwhile, the Blue offense jumped all over Black starter, Nik Verbeke, for 4 runs in the first inning, as the Duhaime’s sent 9 men to the plate, with Greckel, JT Thomas, Frank Wager, and Tanner Davis pacing the scoring.

Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy

Up 4-1, Burks went into cruise control oer the next 2 innings, however, he ran into trouble in the 4th, when he gave up 3 runs to tie the game at 4 apiece.  AJ Willougby had a big RBI, with Timmy Kennedy and Troutt driving in runs, as well.

Burks settled down and tossed 5 complete.  In a tie game, Tyler Welch entered to begin the 6th, but a leadoff walk came back to haunt him, as Timmy “Barrells” Kennedy doubled to drive in the go ahead run.

Austin Thomas, who came on in relief of Verbeke in the second, was simply dominant over the next 5 innings, punching out 7 blue guys en route to tossing 5 shutout innings, in which he allowed only 1 hit.

Logan Haner, who ended up earning the win, entered in the 7th for Team Blue and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to give the Blue offense a shot in the bottom half of the frame.

As brilliant as Thomas was for the entire game, he simply ran out of gas.  JT Thomas and Frank Wager singled to start the inning, and after a Trent Simpson sac bunt, AT walked MJ Rookard to load the bases with one out.  Another walk, this time to Tanner Davis, brought home the tying run for Blue, knotting the game at 5 apiece.

After recording the second out, Thomas faced Nolan Greckel, who was arguably the hottest hitter in the series, and with the bases loaded and 2 strikes and 2 out, Greckel delivered the walk off single to left center field to finish off the comeback and give Coach Duhaime and his Blue Squad a 2-1 series lead.