The Redlegs and Machine met up on Sunday August 4th for a double header tilt out at Madison High School, first pitch was at a rare 10:00am start time.
It appeared the early morning start did no favors for Camden, as the bats just couldn’t get it together against Richard Navratil. Navratil ended up going the distance for the Knights and allowed Camden to only scratch together 2 runs on 6 hits. Saige Micomonaco and James Robinson plated the only two runs for the Redlegs.
Jesse Jones made his Redlegs debut on the mound and turned in a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two hitters in the frame.
Game two turned out to be a much more exciting match, and the Redlegs would end up needing a couple of extra frames to defeat the Knights and force the double header split.
Camden scored a run in each of the first 3 frames to take a quick 3-0 lead. After a run scored on an error in the 1st, Jacob Robinson delivered a sacrifice fly in the 2nd before Brad Malott drove in a run in the 3rd with a base hit.
The Knights then picked up an unearned run in the bottom half of the 3rd to make it a 3-1 ballgame. Later in the 5th inning Brandon Howard plated a run with a double to extend the Redleg lead to 4-1.
Aaron Carmack had it on cruise control up until the Knights finally broke through in the bottom of the 5th where they scored 5 of their 7 total runs. With the exception of the 5th inning, Aaron Carmack was simply dominant over 8 innings of work. He racked up a Redleg single game record of 16 strikeouts in the game on the way to picking up his 4th win of the season.
Trailing 6-4 in the 6th, the Redlegs chipped away by adding another run that scored via the error. Matt Mattice then delivered a clutch two-out two-run single in the top of the 7th to put his club up by a run at 7-6.
But the Knights would scratch together another run in the bottom of the 7th to keep the game alive and send it to extra innings at a 7-7 tie. After stranding the go-ahead runner at 2nd in the top of the 8th, Carmack retired the side in order in his final inning of work in the bottom half of the 8th.
Kyle Arend got a rally started in the top of the 9th with a double and quickly scored on an RBI base hit by Saige Micomonaco. Brandon Howard then walked before Matt Mattice would once again “do it for the homies” with another big hit, this one making it’s way past the right fielder to bring home two more runs.
Now leading 10-7, the Redlegs turned back to rookie Jesse Jones to close things down in the 9th. Jones came through again with the help of some slick defense at 3rd by Brad Malott. With two on and no outs Malott fielded a sharp grounder to 3rd, beat the runner to the bag and fired to first to complete the double play. Jones then induced a game ending grounder to short for the final out.