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Lucas and Dobbins combine in Season Finale Win

By Joe Cantrell, 08/20/19, 8:30PM EDT


Boars win final game in 2019 Season

Kettering Field, Dayton Ohio,  August 18, 2019

The Wild Boars closed out the season with a win to move to 19 and 5 in the Miami Valley Adult Baseball League, by defeating the Dayton Cardinals at Kettering Field on Sunday. 

The Boars sent veteran pitcher Brandon Lucas, fresh from his vacation schedule to face the Cardinals.  The Cardinals top draft pick Josh Knox sliced a single, in the 1st inning that just got past  left fielder Sean Johnson allowing Knox to advance to 2nd and the Cardinals were threatening early. The threat ended on a ground ball to short fielded by Markus Hall with a flip to 1st, and then a pop up also fielded by Hall for the 3rd out. 

The Cardinals countered with their own veteran pitcher, in Josh Cvetkovich, But after a walk to S. Johnson, and  Markus Hall, Jimmy Herold  reached on an error, after Johnson swiped 2nd and 3rd.  Then Gary North reached on another BB, and Colin Minner brought in 2 runs with a single. Brian Erbe was HBP,  and Jacob Greve drove in a run with a single, Conner Morris had an RBI single and Sean Johnson drove in 2 with a single, in his 2nd at bat in the 1st. Hall hit a double and later scored. In all the Boars sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs. 

The Cardinals added 1 run in the 2nd when Alex Schulke hit a single and was brought home on a FC.  The Boars lead was 11 to 1 and both Pitchers had settled. The Cardinals made a pitching change to Thomas Henry and he was able to put the Boars in check till the 5th. 

Lucas was in control of everything but his curve, which was sailing to the backstop at times. but was still able to get through the 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th with no runs, and just a couple hits, while the Boars defense took care of plays.  

In the Boars 5th, Jacob Greve was walked and then stole 2nd, and was driven home by Dylan Pletsch hitting a double to the gap and collecting the RBI.  Pletsch stole 3rd but did not make it home.  

The 6th saw the Cards, pop out to 3rd and hit a long fly ball over the Johnson in left but Johnson never lost the ball and ran it down and made the catch over his shoulder.  A ball back to Lucas ended the Cardinal 6th.  The Boars put the final 2 Runs after Hall singled and Herold and North singled, North driving in Hall and Colin Minner driving in Herold on FC for the RBI.

P.J.  Dobbins came on with the Boars leading 14 to 1 and after a pop out to short, a ground ball to 3rd and a diving catch by Pletsch in center, the game was over. The final was the Boars 14 and the Cardinals.

Markus Hall takes the Boars Offensive player of the game with 2 for 3, with 3 runs scored 1- RBI, 1-2B, and 2-SB.

Boars Defensive Player of the game goes to Sean Johnson for the over the shoulder catch and chase down to prevent extra bases.

Lucas went 6 innings, 4-Ks, 1-R, 0-earned. 

Dobbins faced 3 and retired 3.

The Boars Start the playoffs in Xenia Ohio, at AIA at 10 am after finishing the season with a Team Best 19 and 5, record and  in 2nd place in the MVABL.  The Boars will face the Wright Knights in the best of 3 series.