Monarchs Blue faced off against the Michigan Bulls Friday morning in their second game of pool play. Having lost their first game, Blue needed to win in order to keep their bracket play chances alive. They went toe to toe against the Bulls but in the end, fell a run short in a 6-5 loss.
The Bulls struck first in the top of the second with two runs off of starter Nick Rodesky. But the Monarchs answered right back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Timofeev got is started with a double and Austin Ritson was hit. Paul Zalar drilled a 2 RBI double that brought home both runners to tie the game.
Rodesky allowed two more in the top of the fourth, but Blue responded with a run of their own in the bottom half when Nick Broyles knocked an RBI single to score Tad Margolies. Zalar also was coming home, but was thrown out at the plate. That run would have tied it, but the Monarchs sat a run down going into the 5th. Rodesky gave up one more in the 5th, struggling with his command. He came out to start the sixth inning as well, but got the bases loaded with nobody out. Jake Drerup came on in relief and allowed only one of the runners to score in getting out of the jam. Rodesky finished with six runs in five innings, though only four were earned.
Down 6-3, the Monarchs came roaring back in the bottom of the 6th. Ritson walked, Margolies singled, and they were moved over on Ben Hammer’s sacrifice bunt. Michael Dushane delivered the big hit with a 2 RBI double to bring the runners home and the Monarchs within one.
Needing to get one more run, Blue got the bases loaded in the seventh, and a man on third in the ninth, but couldn’t manage to bring them in.
Drerup pitched three clean innings, and Kyle Pilbeam closed out with a clean frame for the Monarchs.
With the loss, Monarchs Blue will not advance to bracket play on Saturday. They will be playing for pride in their second game of the double-header Friday at 12:30 against the Dix Hill Dodgers.
Monarchs Blue Fall in Tight One