The Redlegs got their first look at the 2020 South Dayton Slammers squad on Tuesday night and in typical Redlegs Slammers fashion the game turned into a real nail biter. In the end, the Slammers would pull out the victory on a walk off single in the bottom of the 8th inning to edge Camden 4-3. The Slammers have now won their last 9 games against the Redlegs, the last Camden victory came on June 10th, 2018.
Aaron Carmack took the hill for the Redlegs with a daunting task ahead of him. The 2020 Slammer offense has produced 126 runs over 10 games so far this season, 33 more than the next closest team in the Kettering Royals. The fewest runs they have produced all season was 7 when they were defeated in their lone loss to the Wright Knights. But Carmack was up to the challenge as he kept the reigning champs offense at bay. He scattered 9 hits over 8 innings of work, striking out 3 while allowing just 1 earned run in a terrific outing.
Carmack had some stiff competition on the other side, as the Redlegs offense had to deal with former White Sox prospect Taylore Cherry. Cherry blanked the Redleg offense over the first 3 frames, racking up 5 strikeouts in the process.
Trailing 3-0 in the 4th, Camden finally put something together against Cherry and would end up tying the game by the time the inning ended. Jacob Robinson started things off with a leadoff double and was promptly driven in on a base hit by Saige Micomonaco. Joey Watson later singled in a run and was then plated on an RBI double by James Robinson.
This led to the Slammers turning to former EKU and Urbana pitcher Nick Bozman who promptly blanked the Redlegs over the remaining 4 innings.
Camden did threaten in the top of the 8th when Matt Morrison singled and was moved over to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Robinson. Saige Micomonaco then advanced Morrison over to third with a ground ball to the right side. But Bozman buckled down and picked up a clutch strikeout to end the threat.
The Slammers then walked it off on an RBI single by Mark Barhorst in the bottom of the 8th, spoiling a great outing from Carmack and handing the Redlegs their 2nd defeat of the season.
Camden is back in action tomorrow at 1:00 and 4:00 at Madison High School against the Kettering Royals.