Oregon, OH – Sunday, July 5th the Monarchs Blue team faced off against the Ohio Orioles for a two game set. In game one, Jacob Bernath started on the mound for the Blue team. Bernath recorded 4 straight strike-outs to start the game and collected a 5th in the third inning, while giving up only 2 walks. In three and two-thirds innings, 3 runs were allowed. Cody Fisher came on to finish out the 4th inning and the game. Fisher also collected 5 strike-outs in the process while allowing 2 more runs and also giving up 2 walks.
On offense, the Blue team scratched out 5 hits, two of them belonging to Nick Broyles, drew 4 walks and had one player hit by a pitch. The final score was 5-0 in favor of the Orioles.
In the second game, Blue faired better on the offensive side of things scoring 2 runs in the third inning to tie the score at 2 all. Alex Timofeev and Brad Timofeev both drew walks to start that inning, were advanced by Casey Kahsen on a sacrifice bunt and Stephen Torres picked up the two RBI’s on a double. The Orioles went ahead by a run in the 5th inning, but the Blue team came back to tie it up in the 7th. Ross Hartwig started the inning with a walk and was moved up to second on a single by Shane McGaharan. Both runners were advanced a base by a sacrifice bunt from Alex Timofeev. Hartwig then scored on a wild pitch. After a scoreless 8th inning, the Blue team held off the Orioles in the top of the 9th. To start the bottom of the 9th, Hartwig singled and McGaharan slapped a hard grounder to the pitcher which bounced over the pitchers head for another single. The Orioles intentionally walked Kashen to load the bases. Alex Timofeev hit the second pitch of his at bat straight up the middle for a single, scoring Hartwig.
Corey Cannon was the starting pitcher in the second game, going 3 innings while allowing just 2 runs, walking 2 and striking out 3. Ethan Salsbury came on to start the 4th inning and allowed 1 run, striking out 3 and walking none in three innings of work. Fisher finished out the game for the Blue, allowing no runs and getting the win with a final score of 4-3.
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