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Boars take on Diamondbacks in Wood-Batsic Classic

By Joe Cantrell 05/28/2017, 9:15pm EDT

Boars need extra innings to close out win after tying score in the 9th

Gastineau Field, New Carlisle Ohio was the site of the Boars game today against the over 30 Dayton Diamondbacks in the fist Wood-Batsic Classic game with wood bats, 

The Boars jumped out early scoring in the first after PJ Dobbins got a single and was moved to 3rd off of Markus Halls double. Catcher Meade Tabata lifted a  sac fly to the outfield allowing Dobbins to score and the Boars led 1 to 0.

The Boars lead was short lived as Diamondbacks 2nd baseman Grim got a single and scored when Boars 1st baseman Joe Cantrell snagged a grounder and fed it to the pitcher Travis Knight but Travis miss stepped at first and strode over the bag allowing  Diamondbacks Pitcher- Early to be called safe allowing -Grim to score from 3rd. 

The Boars picked up a 2nd run from new acquisition Matthew Wilkinson, hit a 2 out single and scored off the bat of Mike Flanagan who picked up the RBI. the Boars would not score again until the 6th despite threatening in the 5th but leaving runners on and in scoring position.

The Diamondbacks would tie it in the 5th when Diamondbacks pitcher Early again got a single and was brought home by the D-backs DH Ray,  despite a great pitching performance by the Boars Travis Knight who went 5 innings pitched  with 3 hits 2 earned runs 1 base on balls and 7 strikeouts, Knight got a No decision for his effort.

Brandon Lucas got off to a rocky start giving up 4 runs in the 6th to Diamondbacks.  The Boars chipped back one of their own when center fielder PJ Dobbins ripped a fare ball over the right fielder for the Diamondbacks which rolled to the fence Dobbins who was on his way to 3rd was held as the Right fielder threw his hands up as if the ball was through the fence. The right fielder then made a play on the ball and picked it up alertly the 3rd base coach sent Dobbins home to score while the umpires ruled, it was scored a triple and an error.  The Boars trailed 6 to 3.

Lucas went back to work with the rain out rust now clearly in the past he retired the next 3 Diamonbacks  striking out the last batter he faced in the 7th, and the 8th in the 9th again the Diamondbacks went in order

The Boars trailed by 3 in the 7th but still kept trying to chip away to no avail. In the 8th the Boars added 1 more to draw within 2. Diamondbacks 6 Boars 4

The Boars came up in the bottom of the 9th Kenny Faulks led off with a walk Dobbins drew a base on balls Brandon Lucas hit a sharp ball and the Diamondbacks were poised to try for 2 but PJ Dobbins alertly saw it and went into 2nd like a mad man beating the throw and pulling the safe call. Travis Knight then hit a single scoring Faulks and the ever speedy Dobbins tying the game and the game was headed to the 10th.

Top of the 10th Lucas struck out lead off hitter Shortstop Robinson,  and 2nd baseman Grant Mink stopped a ball heading up the middle with a great back handed glove save and fired to first for the 2nd out.  Mink also got the 3rd out on a ground ball and the Boars coming back up in the 10th with momentum.

Bottom of the 10th new draft pick Levi Curby struck out, Matt Wilkinson drew a walk and Mike Flanagan walked. Both Flanagan and Wilkinson advanced on a past ball. Coty Hahn was walked to load the bases. Greg Pfeiffer who had been put in to hit in the  8th strode to to the plate with the infield drawn in and 1 out Greg went with 3 straight balls to 3-0 when the Diamondbacks pitcher through him a strike and he took full advantage of it getting the base hit with the game winning RBI in walk off fashion putting the Boars on top 7 to 6 in the 10th

Brandon Lucas picked up the win with 5 IP,  4 BB, 3 Hits, 4 Earned, 1 hit batsmen and  6 K's .

Grant Mink earns his 3rd defensive player of the game in 2017  with 4 PO, 1 on a bullet thrown by Boars catcher Meade Tabata to gun out a stolen base attempt,  5 assist one was the mentioned back hand glove save and throw out at first congratulations Grant

Offensive Player's of the Game is shared by 3 Boars this week, PJ Dobbins with a triple and the error to alertly run home, and the saving of the game by going into 2nd base very quickly to keep from being doubled at 2nd.  PJ went 2 for 3,with 3 runs scored 1 BB, and one 3b.

Travis Knight for his timely single to tie the game. Travis went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's 

And Greg Pfieffer who went 1 for 2 with the walk off single and game winning RBI

Boars take Rangers to extra Innings at Rice

By Joe Cantrell 05/07/2017, 10:30pm EDT

Rice Field, Miamisburg, Ohio was the site of the first game of the 2017 season between the Rangers and the Wild Boars.                    

The Rangers ever relentless in scoring went to work early scoring 2 right away in the first while pitching stood tall and held the Boars scoreless in the bottom of the first. Head Coach Jonmarc Lippencott always has a game plan together for the Boars and was able to hold the Boars scoreless through most of the game with great pitching and some very decent field work by the Ranger's infield and outfield.

The Rangers added to their lead in the 2nd with another run while the Boars managed to push one across of their own. The Rangers added 3 in the 4th and 2 in the 7th and led 9-1 as the Boars came to bat in the 8th after holding the Rangers scoreless in the top half of the 8th. The Boars set to work scoring twice  in the 8th to trail 9-3.  

The Boars retired the Rangers without a run in the 9th after Garret Copas snagged a fly ball in left, KJ Jimison  went 5-3 to record the 2nd out, and first baseman Joe Cantrell went to Pitcher Brandon Lucas for the 3rd out.

The Boars came up with their backs against the wall.  Kenny Faulks reached on an error and Grant Mink reached base on a single. Coty Hahn hit the ball back to the pitcher but a throwing/fielding mistake allowed Grant Mink to be safe at 2nd as Coty reached 1st on the fielders choice. Markus Hall then hit a single scoring Faulks and Mink. Brandon Lucas then hit the ball allowing  Coty Hahn to score. Doug Adkins then hit a ball to left field after flirting with the line a couple times that fell for a double  scoring Lucas. Doug Adkins advanced on a past ball and scored on Zach Carroll's single. Carroll was then thrown out attempting to steal and Copas drew a walk.  Greg Pfeiffer then hit a shot into the outfield and Copas wound up on third and Pfeiffer safe at 2nd. Travis Knight grounded out for the 3rd out.  When the dust had settled the Boars had pushed across 6 and tied the score and we were headed to extra innings. 

In the 10th,  walks hurt the Boars giving up 2 before recording a strikeout. Then a hit batter in the 10th, and costly hit that allowed the Rangers to score 3 times before the Rangers were retired they now led 12-9.

The Boars started the inning again with Faulks who flied out. Grant Mink got hit by a pitch and Coty Hahn grounds out advancing Mink.  Markus Hall again hits a single scoring Mink but Jackson Millard flies out to end the 10th and give the Rangers the win.

Grant Mink earns defensive player of the game for 1 PO and 2 assist and the snagging of a line drive that was headed for the outfield and possible extra bases and recorded 0 errors.

Boars Debut New Look In emotional win for Dobbins

By Joe Cantrell 04/24/2017, 7:45pm EDT

Dobbins notches first win as a Boar

On Sunday the 23rd the Boars headed to Middletown to take on last years League Champs the Camden Redlegs. The Redlegs stood their ground even when threatened by the Boars runners the Boars could produce 1 run on 6 hits. Despite hitting the ball well it just never fell where it needed to when we needed it too the most. Chris Musick added some pop to the Boars line-up in free agency this off season, scorched a double late in the but the Boars could not overcome a 7 run deficit.  Gregg Pfeiffer who went 1 for 2 with a BB and broke up the shutout with the Boars only RBI was named Boars  Offensive player of the game his first.

Brandon Lucas who pitched well enough to win with a complete game performance and 7 K's took the loss to go 1-1 on the year. Jackson Millard was named Boars Defensive player of the game Millard, who assisted in the 7 strikeouts allowed 0 passed balls and allowed no runners to advance even on balls in the dirt.

In the other game the Boars pulled out a part of the new look for 2017 and went to the dark side, The new Black undershirt Jersey for the new Boars grey sleeveless uniforms. PJ Dobbins was scheduled to take the mound but with the loss of his father a week ago there were some questions, Boars Coach Joe Cantrell had earlier in the week confirmed that PJ would be at the games and that he indeed wanted to pitch. 

After a little rocky start The Boars found themselves  down by 1 after the first and then the Redlegs pushed 2 more across in the second for a 3-0 lead. The Boars struck in the 3rd putting up 2 and cutting the deficit to 1. The Redlegs ever relentless scored 1 in the 4th to go back up by 2.

The Boars opened the 5th and took the first lead of the day scoring 5 runs total and were now leading 7-4.

The 3 run lead was added to once more in the 6th and the Boars had an 8-4 lead. Dobbins only needed the lead and kicked it into a higher gear, defense held tough too, a long ball off the bat of Jacob Robinson was ran down and caught by Boars center fielder  Doug Adkins. Boars 2nd baseman Grant Mink handled a sharp hit short hop with a big bounce for a great play with the put out by 1st baseman Garret Copas.  Boars catcher Dan Nordin handled a put out at 3rd base when Dobbins spun off the mound freezing the Redlegs lead runner. The subsequent run down went from Dobbins to Musick to Mink back to Musick to Nordin who recorded the out, or 1-5-4-5-2.

In the 7th the Boars recorded the final 3 outs. PJ- Dobbins was named Boars Offensive player of the game, Dobbins went 2-4, 1-SB and 2 runs scored

Dobbins was also named Boars  Defensive Player of the game with the complete game win  1-BB, 4- ER, 3 Assist and 5 K's. The Boars team and PJ dedicated the win to  honor PJ's father. Pj- Dobbins first win as a member of the Boars and received the game ball and is the 2nd Boar to win both  Boars Offensive and Defensive player in a single game. 

W/L Record

Year Wins Losses
2015 1 25
2016 6 16


Year Players
2015 Travis Knight, Eric Nelson
2016 Brandon Lucas, Doug Adkins, Zach Carroll

League Honors

Year Player Award
2016 Brandon Lucas Draft Pick of The Year