The Redlegs met up with the Southern Ohio Stars back on Sunday, May 1st and walked away with a split double header where each team earned their first win of the season.
The Redleg offense stayed cold in game one as they were able to muster only two hits through the first four frames. The Stars were hungry however, and they put up four runs in the 2nd and another five in the 4th to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
The Redlegs weren’t going to go quietly though, and they started to chip away in the 5th. Lucas Smith started things off with a one-out single before Marshall Eippert picked up his first career MVABL hit, and it was a big one. Eippert launched a towering fly ball into left that bounced off the top of the fence and out of the park for a two-run home run.
Kyle Arend came on in relief and pitched well in his 2022 debut, tossing the final three frames for the Redlegs while allowing just one earned run on two hits.
Trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Camden put together a rally in their last chance at the plate. Evan Koogler doubled to start the inning, setting up another career first. Justin Lynch stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single for his first MVABL hit and run batted in. Lynch then promptly stole 2nd to notch his first career steal. Marshall Eippert then singled before Jacob Robinson delivered an RBI double. Next, Jesse Jones laced a base it that scored two more runs, bringing the score to 9-6. That’s where the rally died however, and Camden eventually fell by the same score.
Game 2 started off ominously, as the Stars kept up their momentum by putting up a run in the top of the 1st against Redlegs starter Jesse Jones. That lead would be short lived, as Camden answered immediately with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st. Jacob Robinson walked to start the frame followed by a base hit by Jesse Jones. Both runners would later score on a fielding error.
After Jones struck out the side in the top of the 2nd, Camden got right back to work in the bottom half. Matt Mattice singled followed by a walk to Lucas Smith. Mattice and Smith then executed a double steal moving up to 2nd and 3rd. Jacob Robinson then lined a single into left field to bring both runners home and extend the lead to 4-1.
After the Stars scratched together an unearned run in the top of the 3rd, Marshall Eippert doubled to start the Redleg half, followed by Evan Koogler getting hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. Another Stars miscue would end up allowing both runs to score, pushing the lead to 6-2.
Neither team scored in the 4th or 5th, as Jesse Jones continued to cruse. Jesse would eventually rack up 10 strikeouts in this one, allowing just 1 earned run in the complete game victory.
The Stars were able to pick up one more unearned run in the top of the 6th, but Camden again answered in the bottom half. Matt Mattice singled to start the frame, but it looked like any run scoring chances may fizzle after two consecutive strikeouts. Jacob Robinson then reached on an error, setting up Jesse Jones to help himself out by driving home 2 runs with a base hit. Kyle Arend followed this up with an RBI base hit of his own, giving the Redlegs the 9-3 advantage.
Jones wasn’t going to make anything interesting in the bottom of the 7th, as he slammed the door with three consecutive strikeouts to finish the game.