With Team Blue holding a three games to two edge over Team Black, the Fighting Duhaimes needed only 1 win to secure the Fall 2014 Black and Blue Series Title. With Landon Faulkner facing Christian “Sauce” Vann in an elimination game for Black and series clinching game for Blue, the game lived up to its billing with these two quality pitchers going head to head.
Blue began the game strong, as Drew Dunagan singled and scored on a wild pitch to give Duhaime an early 1-0 lead. However, Black answered right back in their half of the first with 2 outs, as Ryan Hagan singled, Jake Maziar walked, followed by back to back singles by Grayson Ivey and AJ Willoughby to give Faulkner a 2-1 lead.
The next three innings were nothing but zeroes, as Lando and Saucey settled in and shut both offenses down through the 4th, as both pitchers surrendered only a single hit between them and totalling 6 strikeouts.
Team Blue broke through in the 5th to tie the game at 2, when Nolan Greckel led off the frame with a single, after an error on an attempted sac bunt and a walk to load the bases with none out, the Duhaimes appeared to be in prime position to have a big inning. However, Faulkner beared down to only allow a sacrifice fly to JT Thomas and then induced an inning ending double play to keep the damage to only one run.
But once again, Blue couldn’t produce a shut down inning, as Black came right back in the bottom of fifth. Tim Kennedy began the inning with a hit by pitch. An Evan Troutt sacrifice bunt and a Ryan Hagan walk, put runners at 1st and 2nd with one out. Logan Haner entered after the walk and enduced a weak groundout, to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with two out. One out away from escaping a jam, Grayson Ivey continued his hot hitting, and smashed a 2 run double to give Team Black a 4-2 lead.
Coach O’Neill went to his bullpen and called on Austin Thomas to record the final 6 outs and he tossed a 1-2-3 6th inning.
Jon Kizzar tossed a 1-2-3 inning of his own for Team Blue to keep them within striking distance for their final at bat in the 7th.
Team Blue definitely had their chance in the 7th, as Tanner Davis led off the inning with a walk, and Nolan Greckel singled to put the tying runs on base. However, Blue was unable to execute a sacrifice bunt to move the runners, and the at bat ended in a fly out to center.
Tyler Lynn hammered a ball to deep right field on what looked like a sure double and possibly a go ahead homer, however, the wind held the ball up and resulted in a flyout. However, both runners moved up to give JT Thomas a shot to tie the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out. Austin Thomas induced a harmless fly ball to center to end the game and force the first Game 7 since the Fall of 2006.