A day after gift wrapping a win for the Black Squad, Team Blue returned with a vengance and offensive outpouring to even the Black and Blue Series at one game apiece, in an 11-3 woodshedding.
In what looked like a Black Squad game early, as the Fighting O’Neill’s took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, on AJ Willoughby’s 2 run, 2 out single off of starter, Christian Vann, was merely a false sense of security.
Black starter, Trevor Guthrie shut down Coach Duhaime’s club 1-2-3 in the first in dominant fashion, before a hit by pitch and 3 consecutive basehits, led by Drew Dunagan’s 2 run double, led to a 3 run outburst to give Blue a lead they would not relinquish.
Nursing a one run lead, Team Blue had a five run explosion in the 4th to chase Guthrie. Frank Wager, MJ Rookard, Drew Lingo, and Tyler Lynn all contributed RBI singles in the 5 run 4th.
The 5 run cushion was all starter Christian Vann needed, as he settled in and went 4 strong, surrendering only one more run, as Kenny Ford delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th for Coach O’Neill’s Black Squad.
The Blue Offense kept the pedal to the floor offensively, as they added 2 more runs in the 5th on another Drew Dunagan RBI double, along with Nolan Greckel’s run scoring single.
In a 10-3 game, Jon Kizzar came on and tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief of Vann, collecting 2 punchouts in the process. With the game in hand, Blue added one more run in the 6th on Tanner Davis’s RBi single to push the final margin to 11-3.
However, the story of the game, was Jordan Lee, as 2 days after his failure to record an out and a save in 5-2 game in the 7th inning of Game 1, he came right back and tossed a 1-2-3 inning to preserve the win and even the series.
Although it was a lopsided win, Team Black had a handful of brightspots offensively to go along with Willoughby, as Timmy Kennedy had a 2 hit day, while Grayson Ivey broke out with a double.