In a series in which games have been won in literally three different fashions, Game 4 proved to keeping up with the trend, as a 3-2 game in the top of the 7th, quickly turned into an 8-2 snoozer for Team Black.
Trevor Guthrie toed the rubber for Coach O’Neill and was absolutely phenomenal in his 5 innings of work, scattering 5 hits with 4 punchouts, while surrendering only 2 runs.
Black got things going first, as they struck for 2 in the top of the fourth off of Blue starter, Chase Burks, who was great in his own right, as 4 consecutive singles by Jake Maziar, Grayson Ivey, Evan Troutt, and AJ Willoughby gave Guthrie a 2-0 lead.
However, Blue fought right back, evening the score in their half of the fourth on an RBI single by Trent Simpson and an RBI groundout by Tanner Davis. However, Guthrie ended the threat and any further damage with an emphatic punchout to end the frame.
Team Black regained the lead for Guthrie that he would not relinquish, as Tim Kennedy drew a 2 out walk and Ryan Hagan followed him with the go ahead run scoring double.
Jacob Ozley relieved Guthrie in the 6th, and worked out of a bases loaded jam to keep Blue off the board.
It was the 7th when things unraveled for the Daunting Duhaimes, when Kenny Ford and Tim Kennedy were hit by consecutive pitches to start the inning. A bunt single by Hagan loaded the bases with none out. Maziar drew a bases loaded walk, and Grayson Ivey hammered a 3 run triple to extend the lead to 7-2. Evan Troutt’s sac fly scored Ivey to give Oz an 8-2 lead with which to work.
Oz kept the bottom of the 7th boring, as he retired Team Blue, 1-2-3 to preserve the series tying win for Team Black.