After dropping 3 straight games, the Redlegs got things back on track with a big 18-7 win over the Dayton Cardinals on Sunday.
Michael Cookson got the start for Camden, filling in on short notice after regularly scheduled starter Kevin Campbell was scratched due to back stiffness. Cookson pitched well and would eventually pick up the win after 5 innings of work, striking out 6 Cardinal batters along the way. Cookson now has a healthy 51 strikeouts over 37 innings of work on the 2019 season.
The Redleg offense got to work right away in the top of the 1st inning and would keep on the pressure throughout, in fact, they did not trail at any point of the game. Matt Morrison led off the 1st with a single and quickly scored when Jacob Robinson ripped a stand-up triple into the right center field gap. Kyle Arend then drove Robinson in with a single.
Leading 2-1 entering the 3rd inning, the Redlegs rattled off 7 more runs to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Morrison again singled to start the rally, stole 2nd, and scored on a throwing error that allowed Jacob Robinson tor each 1st base. Mike Hartman then doubled Robinson home and Hartman moved to 3rd on a base hit by Nick Davis, his first of 4 hits on the day. Joey Watson then added an RBI single, followed by a walk to James Robinson which loaded the bases. Everybody moved up a bag on an RBI single by Matt Redman before Matt Mattice cleared the bases with a double.
The Cardinals chipped away in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring twice to make it a 9-3 game. Mike Hartman then got things started again in the top of the 4th with a two-out double. Nick Davis then followed suit, hammering a double into the right center field gap to extend the Redleg lead to 7 runs.
The Cardinals kept hanging around, scoring two more times in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 6 runs at 10-5. But Camden put together another big inning in the top of the 5th, sending 6 more runs home to put things out of reach at 16-5. James Robinson started things off with a one-out single, followed by walks to Matt Redman and Brad Malott. Matt Mattice then came up with another big bases loaded hit, driving 2 runs home with a single. Isaac Marquez then drove a run home with a sacrifice fly before Matt Morrison drove a run home with another single. Morrison stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a throwing error before Jacob Robinson was plunked to put runners on the corners. Robinson then swiped 2nd and moved to 3rd on an overthrow that allowed Morrison to score. Kyle Arend then singled Robinson home to finish off the inning’s scoring.
Brad Malott drove a run home in the 6th to put the Redlegs up 17-5.
Isaac Marquez then made his 2019 debut on the mound and turned in a solid scoreless inning of work on the hill, allowing just 1 hit and striking out a batter.
Camden scored their final run of the day in the 8th when Joey Watson doubled home Kyle Arend who had singled to lead off the frame.
Aaron Carmack tossed the final three innings for the Redlegs and allowed just 1 earned run while piling up 5 strike outs.
The Redlegs (7-5) get a break this weekend before taking on the Dayton Indians (0-10) at Madison High School on July 14th at 1:00 and 4:00.