Camden came away with another “win one lose one” double header day, this one of the split variety as they took on the Dayton Rangers at 12:00pm and the Wild Boars at 3:00pm on Sunday at Madison High School.
Game one featured a 9 inning affair with the Rangers and things were tight through the first 6 innings. The Redlegs drew first blood by scoring thrice in the first inning and twice more in the second, all 5 runs being recorded via the long ball. The 2nd started when Jacob Robinson was plunked with one out. Later with two outs, Saige Micomonaco reached on an error that extended the inning for Joey Watson to blast a 3 run bomb over the left field fence. Matt Mattice then started the 3rd with a single followed by a two-run shot by rookie Brad Malott, the first of his career.
The Rangers then erased their deficit in the bottom of the 3rd by plating 4 runs with the help of some fielding miscues by the Redlegs and three timely base knocks. They added another unearned run in the 4th to knot things up at 5-5.
The Rangers then took the lead in the bottom of the 6th when Brandon Marshall drove in Nick Gilmore with a single. The duo of Marshall and Gilmore were a thorn in the Redlegs side all day as Gilmore went 5 for 5 a couple of runs batted in and Marshall went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI.
All in all, Aaron Carmack followed up his 16 strikeout performance well in his start against the Ragners, allowing only 3 earned runs while punching out 6 batters over 6 frames of work. Despite the strong outing, Carmack was trailing after 6, as the Rangers held the slim 6-5 advantage. That’s when the Redleg offense exploded, rattling off 14 runs over the final 3 frames.
In the top of the 7th Camden got two runners on right away thanks to a walk and a runner reaching on an error. Adam Parks then roped a 2-run triple to put the Redlegs up by a run. Matt Morrison was then hit by a pitch which led to a 2 RBI double from Jacob Robinson.
Now leading 9-6, Camden turned to a familiar Ranger foe in Kevin Campbell. The Rangers were able to scratch a couple of runs together and looked to be threatening to do a lot of damage, but two nice plays would help to bring an end to the potential rally. After a lead-off single, the next batter hit a hard grounder that Kyle Arend was able to snag by diving to his left. He then fired to second from his knees just in time to beat the lead runner. Then later with the bases loaded and one out, Matt Morrison snagged a hard hit grounder and start the inning ending twin killing with middle infield mate Brad Malott. Campbell would go the rest of the way and earn his first save of 2019.
Camden put 5 more runs on the board in the 8th highlighted by an RBI base hit from Matt Morrison and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Arend. 5 more runs were recorded in the top of the 9th capped off by Jacob Robinson’s second two-run double of the game.
The momentum didn’t translate over into game two as the 2nd place Wild Boars completed their season sweep over the Redlegs. Camden outhit the Boars 8 to 7 and the score seemed close at 9-5, but the Wild Boars controlled throughout and never trailed in the game.
Matt Morrison and Kyle Arend each had two hits and a double while Arend, Watson, and James Robinson were responsible for the only runs batted in during the game.