The Gloves relinquished leads of 6-1 and 9-2 as they went on to lose to the FW Fuel 11-10 in a non-league NEBL game. The game started out on a high note as Fuel's right-handed pitcher threw 60 first-inning pitches giving up 5 walks and six runs. The Gloves posted another 3-runs in the top half of the second and appeared to be cruising until Gloves pitchers issued 7 walks and their fielders mishandled three plays to allow the Fuel to take the lead in the bottom of the 5th at 10-9.
Next up for the gloves are the FW Tigers in a Findlay, OH BPA tournament this weekend. Should the gloves win their first three tournament games this weekend there may be opportunity to burn the Fuel in the Championship game.
After spotting the FW Indians another 7 runs to start the Championship Game, the Gloves showed grit and battled back in a frigid thriller under the lights in Columbia City only to lose 7-6. With game time temperature dipping below 40 degrees and the crowd barely visible under their scarves, ear muffs and blankets the Gloves stumbled and fumbled their way to spotting the Indians another 7 runs. Trailing 7-2 in the botton half of the last inning, the Gloves finally began findng the holes with their hits and scored 4 runs on 4 hits and a couple of walks. Dane Johnson's hard ground out to the shortstop ended the rally and gave the Gloves a second place finish to earn a birth in the BPA World Series in the Greater Lansing Area. Another Deon moment awaits.
Thanks to all of our fans for gutting out weather that included gusting winds, rain, sleet and near freezing wind chill factors all day while our fearless head coach was sitting in th warm confines of the Memorial Coliseum. The boys also askedme to wish all of the moms and grandmas Happy Mother's Day.
Battery: Hissong, Hill(3), Morlan(5) and McDermitt.
In his second attempt for an inside the park home run, Jordan Hissong made sure this one counted. His shot into the wind over the left fielder's head may have been out on a calm evening. That did not deter Jordan who crossed the plate as the cutoff man received the ball. This was the highlight of the game as the Gloves pasted the Stars to earn a bid to the championship game. Skyler Noll pitch 4 innings and gave up only one run as he efficiently pitched though the Stars line-up. Justin Hill made a relief appearance to close out the last inning.
Adam Davison held the Stars to one run and the Gloves peppered Stars pitchers for a ho hum 8-1 victory in the second game of the Columbia City BPA Tounament. Jordan Hissong's inside the park HR was called a double after it was discovered that the ball went under the fence. Umpires were confused as the Stars right fielder did not throw up his hands while he lumbered after the ball.
Ben Fry's ground ball to second base with one out and runners on second a third propelled the Gloves past the Cubs for first game of the Columbia City BPA Tournament. Dane Johnson scored the wnning run on Biggen's hit, a sharp ground ball to the second baseman who had no shot at throwing out Johnson.
Riley Reimchisel pitched 82 pitches over 4 innings of work while Logan McDermitt pitched the final two innings for the victory.
Battery: Reimchisel, McDermitt (5) and S. Noll
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