After dropping their first game of the tournament to Shannon Fence, Monarchs Gold had no room for missteps if they were to advance to bracket play. So they turned to starting pitcher Colin Meinzer for their afternoon game on Thursday against the Brooklyn Mariners. Despite a nasty wind and Meinzer not having his best stuff, Gold’s bats come through again.

Meinzer began the game and immediately gave up three runs in the first. Usually very in control, he struggled early giving up a walk and a hit batter during the first. Gold got one back though in the bottom of the inning when Adam Yunker scored on a passed ball for a 1-3 deficit after the first.

Meinzer adjusted and looked locked in after that going through three scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fifth. But the Monarchs made
their move in the bottom of the 5th, and in a big way. Eric Yunker got it started with a leadoff bunt single and the Monarchs would never look back. During the boon, Gold went through 11 batters and scored five runs. Drew Kuns had a 2 RBI double, Brett Howard had a sac fly, Casey Winckowski had an RBI double, and Jake Cappelletty had an RBI single in route towards taking control of the game with a 6-4 lead. Meinzer pitched another scoreless inning in the 6th to finish strong.

Kirk Stambaugh came in for the 7th and breezed through the end of the game. The Monarchs tacked on another one in the bottom of the 7th on Cappelletty’s RBI sac fly, but the final score was 7-4 in favor of the Monarchs.

The Monarchs Gold sit at 1-1 as of now and will play their final pool play game Friday at 4:00 pm against the Illinois Jayhawks at Ned Skeldon. They will need to win to secure their spot for bracket play on Saturday.
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