Camden is now riding a 6-game winning streak after sweeping a double header from the Beavercreek Orioles on Sunday, July 31st. Since their dreadful 1-6 start to the season, the Redlegs have now reeled off 11 wins in their last 13 games the beginning of June.
Game 1 of the double header was all Redlegs. Camden notched a franchise first as Jesse Jones and Chris Flaherty combined for a perfect game in the 4-inning run rule. Jesse tossed the first inning and recorded one strikeout while Flaherty fired the final 3 frames, picking up 3 strikeouts in his first action from the hill this season.
The Redlegs poured on the runs right away and did most of their damage with two-outs in the bottom of the 1st. Jacob Robinson singled to start the game, and later Mike Hartman drove him in with a one-out single. After a flyout resulted in the 2nd out, Matt Mattice drove home a run with a two-out single. Eric Jameson was then hit by a pitch before Max Ramsey blasted a double into the gap to record his first hit and RBI as a Redleg. James Robinson then singled before Justin Lynch was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jesse Jones then hammered his first career grand slam and 2nd home run of the season.
Camden worked some more two-out magic in the 2nd inning, plating two runs after a groundout and flyout. Chris Flaherty, Matt Mattice, and Eric Jameson all worked two-out walks to load the bases. Setting up Max Ramsey to drive in his 3rd and 4th runs of the games with a single.
Four more runs came for Camden in the 3rd inning after Jesse Jones walked, Evan Koogler was hit by a pitch, and Jacob Robinson walked to load the bases. An Oriole error then led to two runs scoring for the Redlegs. Two consecutive outs then occurred, and Matt Mattice singled to keep the inning alive. Eric Jameson then delivered a two-run single to push the lead to 14-0.
The top of the 4th saw 6 more Redlegs score and resulted in the 21-0 final score. James Robinson and Justin Lynch each walked to start the frame before Jesse Jones singled to load the bases. A run then scored on a fielder’s choice before Tyler Eaton walked to re-load the bases. Jacob Robinson then worked a bases loaded walk followed by an RBI single by Kyle Arend. Mike Hartman then plated his 3rd run of the game, and later Eric Jameson delivered another two-run single.
The bottom of the 4th was uneventful as Flaherty capped the game with a pop out, strikeout, and groundout to complete the perfect game.
The Orioles wasted no time in spoiling any type of shutout in game two as the first 4 batters reached on two singles, a double and a walk to score a run. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Jesse Jones then struck out the next 3 hitters to limit the damage to just one run.
Camden got the run back in the bottom of the 1st when Jacob Robinson walked to start the frame. He used some pitches that made their way to the backstop to move around the bases, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The run was the 491st of his MVABL career, moving him past Dayton Rangers legend Jonmarc Lippincott for the most in MVABL history.
After a quick 2nd frame, Eric Jameson started the 3rd with a single followed by a walk by Jacob Robinson to put two runners aboard. Mike Hartman, who has 11 RBI over his last 5 games, then knocked both runs home with a single. Mike now has the 2nd most RBI in the MVABL, trailing only Thomas Troy of the Wild Boars.
Camden continued to push their lead in the 5th by scoring 4 more times to give them a 7-1 lead. Jacob Robinson, Jesse Jones, and Mike Hartman all walked with one out to load the bases. Chris Flaherty plated the first run with a sacrifice fly, followed by RBI singles from Tyler Eaton and Max Ramsey.
Jesse Jones didn’t need much run support in this one, as he followed up his 11 strikeout performance in his previous start with a career 13 strikeouts against the Orioles. He allowed only the single run in his 5th victory of the season while lowering his ERA to a sparkling 2.70 which is the 6th best mark among eligible pitchers in the league.
The Redlegs game on Thursday night (8/4) against the Dodgers was rained out, so they will look to push their winning streak to 7 games on Sunday August 7th against the Wright Knights at 1:00PM at Madison High School.