May 1, 2005 (makeup for April 30, 2005 rainout)
AL Game 23
Axis Financial 4
Meeting for the first time this season in a Sunday make-up game at Dotts Field, Fabian-Baber clashed with Axis Financial in a gripping, well-played contest that went down to the wire and had all observers on the edge of their seats.
Sean Heidig pitched 4 solid innings for Axis and held Fabian-Baber to 2 runs, the first coming from a steal at home by Dan Furman in the first inning and the second from Zander Brown who was driven in off the bat of Rowan Baber.
Ace right-hander Dan Furman pitched the first 3 innings for Fabian-Baber and yielded only 1 run when Kyle Tommassino lead off the 3rd with a single and eventually stole home. In the bottom of the 4th Keith Kirk added Axis’ second run to tie the game on a steal at home. Fabian-Baber then tightened their grip and made their last two outs on excellent plays by Zander Brown and Kevin McGarvey at home plate when Axis attempted to steal.
In the top of the 5th inning with the game locked up at 2-2, John Owens took the mound for Axis and promptly struck out the first 3 batters. In the bottom of the 5th Tommassino produced another lead-off single and scored a run along with John Owens who had gotten on by an error. Kevin McGarvey, who was still pitching for Fabian-Baber, settled into his rhythm and struckout the last 2 batters to get his team within striking distance as they went into the final inning down 4-2.
McGarvey was the lead off batter in the top of the 6th and quickly fell to 0-2 against the hard throwing Owens. The determined slugger refused to yield by fouling off the next 3 fastballs. Then McGarvey drove a hard hit single into left centerfield to get his team started, and then he quickly scampered around the bases home after an errant pick-off throw went off the firstbasemen’s glove. Zander Brown then dug out an infield single and scored after 2 walks and a hit batter loaded the bases. With the score now tied at 4-4, Axis made an excellent 2nd out on a force out at home. Furman then came to the plate and worked the pitcher for a walk to bring home the go ahead run.
With the narrowest of leads McGarvey returned to the mound and got his first 2 outs on a ground out and a strikeout. Sean Heidig then smacked a single and quickly stole 2nd to be in scoring position to send the game into extra innings. Showing his unique determination once again, McGarvey reached back and fired fastballs to strike out the final batter and give FBI a thrilling 5-4 win.