The Redlegs had everything working in their latest double header against the Indians as they plowed their way to two victories by a combined score of 38-1.
Surprisingly, the headline in game 1 was not the offense pounding out 17 runs on 15 hits, but Michael Cookson turning in the first no hitter in Redlegs history. He was simply unhittable on the afternoon. He dominated the Tribe lineup and struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced. A walk and a hit batter were all that stood between Cookson and perfection. Camden had flirted with no hitters before. Kevin Campbell one hit the Gem City Braves in 2014, and Eric Williams mowed down 13 Miami River Marlin hitters en route to a one hitter back in 2015. However, Cookson now stands alone as the only Redleg pitcher to accomplish the feat.
While Cookson was cruising, so too was the Camden offense. The Robinson brothers each turned in a perfect effort at the dish, Jacob going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI while James added a 2 for 2 performance with a double and an RBI. Mike Hartman picked up a double and a triple in his 2 for 2 game and added 3 RBI. Saige Micomonaco added 2 hits, a double, and 2 RBI, Kyle Arend added 2 hits and an RBI, and Kevin Campbell drove in 2 runs in the game.
The 2nd game went much the same way, this time Kevin Campbell flirting with a no hitter of his own. It wasn’t in the cards though, as Indians lead off man Alan Dotson was able to drop a single in between 2nd base and right field to pick up the Tribe’s only hit of the day. Campbell still finished with an impressive victory and turned in his 2nd career one hitter. He went all 3 innings in the run rule victory while striking out 3 hitters.
The offense was on fire yet again in the night cap, piling up 21 more runs as they cruised to the 3 inning run rule win. Kyle Arend went a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and a triple and drove in 4 runs to pace the offense. Adam Parks went 3 for 3 and added a triple to go along with 3 RBI. Saige Micomonaco was 3 for 3 with two more doubles and 3 more runs batted in. Mike Hartman added two more knocks and drove home a pair of runs. The Redlegs now have 4 players with 15 or more RBI and are the only team in the league that can boast such a feat. In perspective, multiple teams do not yet have a single 15 RBI batter.
Camden will next take on the Knights on Saturday 7/20 at 1:00pm at Madison High School to make up their postponed game from last month. The game will resume in the bottom of the 4th with the Knights leading 4-3.