April 26, 2008
ML Game 24
Haganís Funeral Homes 7
Hagan Outduels Gardner Fox
Cloudy skies and chilly weather returned on Saturday, but it didnít cool the competition between Hagan and Gardner Fox. After having surrendered a two run lead in the bottom of the last inning of their first meeting, Haganís stayed strong to the finish this time. Their resulting 7-4 victory, evened Haganís record at 4-4, while dropping Gardner Fox to 3-4-1 as both teams neared the half-way point of their seasons.
After a scoreless first inning, Gardner Fox struck first in the top of the second when Brian Koskinen scored on an RBI single by Ryan Heidig. Hagan battled back in the bottom of the inning when Justin Troilo roped a screaming line drive to centerfield, scoring Will van Norden (running for Cal Samson) and Ethan Heller. Gardner Fox evened it at 2-2 in the third, when Nolan Carroll parlayed a single and some nifty base running into another run. Hagan reclaimed their one run lead in the bottom of the third when Michael Solomon stroked a lead-off double, advanced to third on a Neal Geosits single, and scored on a wild pitch. GF went down in order in the top of the fourth. Then, Hagan tallied four runs in the bottom of the fourth to create a little breathing room for starting pitcher Brian Gross. Bryan Leonard, van Norden, Gross, and Solomon each scored in the inning. GF bounced right back in the fifth, when Carroll drove a double down the third base line followed by a monster home run shot over the right centerfield fence off the bat of Bryan Mizell. Neither team scored the rest of the way, resulting in the 7-4 final.
Gross gave Hagan an outstanding start on the mound. He spread 6 hits over nearly six full innings while striking out 11 and walking only one GF batter. Heller came on in relief to secure the last out on a 3-pitch strikeout. Offensive leaders for Hagan were Solomon (1 for 2, 2B, BB) and Geosits (2 for 3),
Dom Nunag got the start for GF. He threw 2+ strong innings, striking out 2 and walking no Hagan batters. Mizell went the rest of the way for GF, striking out 7 while walking only 3. Offensive leaders for GF were Carroll (2 for 2, 2B) and Mizell (1 for 2, HR, BB).