April 29, 2008
ML Game 26
Haganís Funeral Homes 7
Campbellís Boat House 6
Hagan Holds On, Squeaks by Campbell
The video of this game will not be sent to Cooperstown. Nevertheless, both teams played a spirited game that, as usual, came down to the last out. This time, Haganís emerged victorious, creeping above the 0.500 mark for the first time since opening day.
The score was tied at 2 after one inning. Haganís opened the game with consecutive singles by Brian Gross and Michael Solomon. They scored on a walk issued to Rob Brown on a full count, and a ground ball fielders choice hit by Will van Norden, respectively. Campbellís bounced right back with 2 of their own in the bottom of the inning. Christian Miller and John Ferruzzi both reached base on singles. They were driven in on a 2-run triple by Jack Keffer.
Hagan scored again in the second when Gross doubled down the left field line, stole 3rd base, and scored on a Solomon fly ball to left field. Meanwhile, Hagan starting pitcher Russell Rhoads sent Campbellís down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Hagan exploded for 4 runs in the third inning on a mix of base hits by Rhoads, Ethan Heller, and Gross combined with three walks. Campbell chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the inning when Dan Grandieri used aggressive base running to turn what looked to be a bloop single into a double. He advanced on a single by Ferruzzi and scored on an infield grounder by Keffer.
When both teams failed to score in the next 1.5 innings, it looked like Hagan was content to sit on their 3 run lead. However, Campbellís had other ideas. In the bottom of the 5th, they manufactured 3 more runs on only a single hit. After failing to score in the top of the 6th, Hagan carried their precarious 7-6 lead into the bottom of the last inning. Heller, who had come on in relief of Rhoads in the bottom of the 5th inning, was up to the task. He held Campbell scoreless to seal Haganís 5th victory of the season.
Offensive leaders for Hagan were Jack Norton (2 for 2), Gross (3 for 4, 2B), Brown (1 for 2, 2BB), Rhoads (1 for 2, 2BB), and van Norden (3 BB). Rhoads went four innings on the mound, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 6 and walking only one batter. Heller closed the door for Hagan in the last two innings. Grandieri (1 for 2, BB, HBP), Ferruzzi (2 for 3), and Keffer (2 for 3, 3B) led Campbellís offensive attack while Grandieri and Keffer split the pitching duties.