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Robinson Belts Home Run as Redlegs Split with Rangers

By Jacob Robinson 06/09/2019, 9:00pm EDT




The Redlegs (5-2) and Rangers (3-3) remain deadlocked in their all time series dubbed “The Backyard Battle” as a double header split on Sunday brought the overall series to 17-17. 

Camden got to work right away by scoring 3 times in the top of the 1st.  Matt Morrison walked to start the game, followed by a single by Jacob Robinson.  Kyle Arend then knocked in the game’s first run with a single.  Two batters later, Joey Watson drove a double into deep left field to bring two more runs home. 

Adam Parks helped manufacture a run in the 2nd by working a two out walk, then moved around to 3rd taking advantage of a couple of wild pitches.  Matt Morrison then knocked Parks in with a timely base hit. 

The Rangers pulled within two by scoring a run in the 3rd and an unearned run in the 4th, but that was all the damage they would be able to do against Aaron Carmack as he plowed through the Ranger lineup en route to his 2nd straight complete game victory.  Carmack would end the day with 10 strikeouts over 7 innings of work, while allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run. 

The Redlegs piled on 3 more runs in the 6th.  Matt Mattice drove in a run with a single early in the inning, and later Matt Morrison brought home two runners with another two-out base knock. 

Game two simply did not go the Redlegs way.  In short, 7 errors helped result in the Rangers score a whopping 26 runs, 17 of which came in the final two innings. 

Michael Cookson tossed the first 5 innings of the game was saddled with an undeserved loss as a result.  Cookson yielded 9 runs, but only 2 were earned on 5 hits and he struck out 8 Rangers hitters.

Jacob Robinson went a perfect 4 for 4 in the nightcap, adding a double and an RBI.  Kyle Arend and Matt Morrison each added two hits, and James Robinson blasted his 1st career home run from the left side of the plate.  James drove in 3 of the Redlegs 7 runs. 

The Redlegs will attempt to shrug off the 2nd game defeat and try to start up another win streak this Saturday.  The Wright Knights (2-6) will stand in their way as the two clubs face off at 1:00pm at Carlisle High School.

Redlegs Offense Silenced by Perez

By Jacob Robinson 06/02/2019, 5:00pm EDT



The Redlegs (5-1) had their 5-game winning streak snapped on Sunday as the Mad River Machine narrowly edged them in a rare 1-0 victory. 

As the score suggests, this game boasted some terrific pitching and defense.  Kevin Campbell tossed the first 5 frames for the Redlegs and allowed only 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 2 batters.  Michael Cookson then finished up the final 4 frames and fanned 9 more Machine hitters while allowing only 2 hits and no runs. 

The Redlegs used some nice defensive work to kill a few early rallies by the Machine.  In the 2nd, Matt Morrison robbed a lead off hit by making a tough over the shoulder diving catch in short left field on a ball that looked like it might fall into no mans land.  The Redlegs later turned an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.  Campbell helped himself out in the 3rd.  After a leadoff single, the next batter lined one right back up the middle, but Campbell was able to snare it and quickly fire to first to complete a double play. 

Paul Wilson doubled to start the 4th inning and moved to 3rd on a single by the next hitter.  With runners on the corners, the next hitter grounded a ball to 1st that James Robinson vacuumed up, quickly pounced on 1st and then fired a strike to 2nd to turn another double play.  Wilson scored however, and that turned out to be the only run in the entire game. 

Miguel Perez continued to deal for the Machine and ended up turning in a complete game shutout and surrendered only two hits to the Redlegs, both to Jacob Robinson who singled and doubled. 

The Redlegs will look to get back on track this Sunday as they will meet up for another installment of the Backyard Battle with the Dayton Rangers at 1:00 and 4:00 at Madison High School. 




The Redlegs were able to rally behind two more outstanding pitching performances from Aaron Carmack and Michael Cookson on Sunday, notching two victories in a double header sweep of the Dayton Cardinals. 

Game 1 moved along at a brisk pace, and both offenses were having trouble getting things going as Aaron Carmack and Joshua Cvetkovich locked horns in a terrific battle.  The Redlegs got on the board in the 3rd when Matt Morrison and Jacob Robinson both singled, followed by a walk to Kyle Arend to load up the bases with no outs.  Cvetkovich then induced a timely double play ball that the Cardinal defense capitalized on, though Morrison was still able to score to put the Redlegs up 1-0. 

Unbeknownst to the home team at the time, but that was all the support Carmack would need.  Aaron continued to cut through the Cardinal lineup, and when all was said and done he turned in his 4th career shutout (3 regular season, 1 playoff).  He allowed only 5 hits and struck out 7 Cardinal batters in the effort.

The Redlegs defensive did their part in the shutout bid too.  In the first, after a leadoff single, the next batter ripped a hard grounder at 2nd base which would be the first grounder Brandon Howard has seen this season.  You wouldn’t have known it though, as he quickly scooped it and applied a perfect tag on the advancing runner and still delivered a strike to first for the double play.

In the 4th, After a leadoff double and a walk put runners on with no outs, a deep pop up into right center field made its way past Jacob Robinson who attempted a sliding catch.  Matt Mattice was ready with the backup though, and quickly snatched the ball and fired to Matt Morrison who relayed a perfect strike to Kyle Arend waiting at the plate to nail the Cardinal base runner.  After a pop up for the 2nd out, Matt Mattice made a nice sliding catch in right field to help fend off the threat.  Mattice also made a diving catch to snatch a lead off double from the Cardinals in the 5th. 

Camden was able to push 4 more runs across late in the game, 2 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th.  Sacrifice flys from Kyle Arend and Mike Hartman netted the two runs in the 6th while Ryan Gross and Tim Sullivan played some small ball in the 7th by bringing a run home each via ground balls to 2nd base.

Game two went much the same, at least early on.  The Redlegs jumped out early thanks to a two out rally started by Kyle Arend.  Arend and Mike Hartman both singled before James Robinson delivered an RBI base hit to get Camden on the board.  Brandon Howard then knocked a couple of runs home with a base hit. 

Michael Cookson picked up right where Carmack left off and he delivered 3 scoreless innings to start the game.  But after 10 scoreless frames, the Cardinals finally broke through and scored a run in the bottom of the 4th.  Cookson responded and promptly struck the next 3 batters out to end the inning and the threat.  Cookson’s battery mate, Ryan Gross, did his part in the sterling pitching performance as well.  In the 2nd, Gross backhanded an outside pitch and in one motion fired a seed to 2nd to thwart an attempted stolen base.  In the 5th Gross again denied a stolen base, this time at 3rd base for the 1st out of the inning. 

The Redlegs then started putting things away in the 5th and would end up scoring 8 runs over the final 3 frames.  Matt Morrison walked to start the 5th, followed by a walk to Jacob Robinson.  Morrison and Robinson then executed a double steal to put both runners in scoring position.  Kyle Arend then smacked a hard grounder to 3rd base, but a heads-up defensive play ended up narrowly producing an out as Morrison attempted to score.  Mike Hartman would then triple down the right field line to bring two runs home, followed by an RBI by James Robinson. 

Kyle Arend knocked two runs in with a two out double in the 6th, bringing in Ryan Gross who singled and Tim Sullivan who reached on an error. 

Brandon Howard walked with one out in the 7th, followed by Mattice who reached on an error and Ryan Gross who singled.  All three would eventually score thanks to wild pitches. 

The Cardinals were able to scrape two additional runs together off of Cookson in the 5th and 6th, but it wasn’t enough to put a dent in the offensive damage the Redlegs had already done.  Cookson would end up going the distance, tossing 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, and striking out 6 hitters to pick up his team leading 2nd win of the young 2019 season.  Cookson (12.7 K per 9 innings) now stands in 2nd place in the MVABL in strikeouts, only trailing 2018 Cy Young award winner Jeff Beal (13.9 K per 9 innings) of the South Dayton Slammers. 

With the sweep, the Redlegs now stand at 5-1 and currently occupy 3rd place in the MVABL standings.  They will look to make it 6 straight wins next Sunday (6/2/19) when they take on the Mad River Machine (0-3) at Madison High School at 1:00PM. 

Redlegs Outlast Royals, and rain, in DH Sweep

By Jacob Robinson 05/19/2019, 9:00pm EDT




The Redlegs (1-1) and Royals (2-0) met up for their first affair of the 2019 season on Sunday and while the Redlegs walked away with two victories, the Royals produced some hefty offensive innings that kept both games interesting. 

Camden sent Michael Cookson to the mound in game one to square off against his former club, and he turned in quite the effort in his first start for the Redlegs.  Cookson turned in 6 solid innings of work, allowing only 1 earned run while striking out 11.  The Royals wouldn’t let Cookson finish them off, and provided quite the fight in the 7th as they put 5 quick runs on the board before the Redlegs turned to the bullpen. 

While Cookson was cruising early on, the Redlegs offense provided plenty of support.  Matt Morrison tripled to start the game, followed by a double by Jacob RobinsonMike Hartman would later drive in a run with a single before Saige Micomonaco belted his first home run of the season, his first of 7 hits on the day.  Back-to-back doubles by Nick Davis and birthday boy James Robinson netted another run, and when the dust settled the Redlegs were up 5-0 after the first half inning of the game. 

Davis and Robinson did some more damage in the 3rd.  Davis smacked an RBI double and James would later bring one home with a sacrifice fly.  The Redlegs then continued to pile on in the top of the 4th when Matt Mattice started the inning with a  solo home run over the right field fence.  Matt Morrison then singled and stole second base before being driven in by Kyle Arend.  After four innings, the Redlegs held a 9-0 lead. 

The Royals chipped away in the 4th and 5th, finally breaking through on Cookson to get 2 runs on the board.  Cookson got a bit of help from the defense in the 5th when Chris Flaherty ripped a line drive into the right center gap, but Matt Mattice tracked it down with an amazing full extension diving catch that ended the inning. 

Heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Royals finally figured out their former pitcher as their first 5 batters reached base which ended up yielding 5 runs (4 earned).  Kevin Campbell came in and tossed the final 3 outs, and despite plunking two hitters, was able to end the game without further damage. 

Despite the late scare, the Redlegs held on for the 11-7 victory and looked to carry that momentum over into game 2. 

After a quiet beginning, Camden exploded in the bottom of the 3rd by putting 9 runs on the board.  Matt Mattice reached on an error to start things off and that was followed by back-to-back doubles by Matt Morrison and Jacob Robinson.  Kyle Arend then knocked two runs in with a single.  That’s when the rain began to fall but thanks to some quick field work from the Redlegs ground crew, the field held up and play was resumed roughly 30 minutes later.  The Redlegs picked up right where they left off.  Micomonaco and James Robinson each notched RBI singles to round out the innings scoring, leaving Camden on top at a score of 9-0.

Before the rain delay, Redlegs ace Aaron Carmack was rolling through the Royals lineup.  He allowed only one baserunner in the first 3 frames and that was due to a fielding error.  However, the long break did Carmack no favors, and the Royals came out swinging in the 4th.  Luke Campbell was called on to finish out the 4th inning, and he promptly struck out the first batter he faced to end any remaining threat.  When it was all said and done, the Royals produced 10 runs, taking a one run lead after 3 ½ innings. 

The lead was short lived.  The Redlegs scored 4 more times in the bottom of the 4th thanks to RBI singles from Jacob Robinson, Nick Davis, and James Robinson.  Mike Hartman added a sacrifice fly RBI. 

The Boys and Blue just wouldn’t go away.  They chipped away at the lead in the top of the 5th, scoring twice more to bring the game to a 13-12 score.  But the Redlegs finally put things away in the bottom of the 5th.  Adam Parks worked a one out walk, stole 2nd, and scored on a single by Brad Malott.  Malott would later score on a wild pitch.  Jacob Robinson would later single, steal 2nd, and come around to score thanks to a Royals defensive miscue.  Nick Davis added a sacrifice fly RBI in the 6th to give the Redlegs a 17-10 lead.

Kevin Campbell was called upon once again to close out the game for Camden and he didn’t disappoint.  KC tossed two scoreless frames to finish off the game without any drama. 

The double header sweep places the Redlegs at 3-1 and they will look to continue the streak going into a Saturday double header tilt with the Dayton Cardinals. 




Slammers get a DH sweep to move to 4-0

By Rick Anderson 05/15/2019, 2:00pm EDT

Sunday May 5th the South Dayton Slammers and Dayton Cardinals met up at Bellbrook HS for a DH.

The home team Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the first inning by placing runners at second and third base with no outs.  But Slammers starter Jeffrey Patrick Beall struck out the next three batters to end the inning.  The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth inning.  Todd Barhorst led off the inning with a walk and was moved to second base on a SAC bunt by Rick Anderson. Todd took off for third base with Mark Barhorst up and was able to score on an errant throw to third base for the 1-0 lead.  Mark walked and came home on Garrett Wissman’s home run to center field.  The Slammers scored four runs the next inning on a two run double by Anderson, a run scoring double by Wissman and an RBI single by Jake Roberts.  That was all the scoring on the day as Beall went the distance, allowing 4 hits and striking out 13 for this third win of the season.

Game two the Slammers sent out Steve Bertles in his first ever Slammers’ start.  After a 3 up 3 down top of the first inning, he was given a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Daniel singled and stole second base and moved to third base on a wild pitch.  Brenden Jewsikow walked and stole second base and Daniel came home on the throw down.  Jewsikow scored later on a passed ball for the second run.  Anderson singled with one out and after he got out, Mark Barhorst courtesy ran for Anderson and moved to second base on a balk and to third base on a wild pitch.  After Wissman walked to put runners on the corners, he attempted to steal second base and got in a rundown long enough to allow Mark to score to make it 3-0.  In the bottom of the third inning, Daniel led off the inning with a long home run, his first of the season.  Todd single with one out and after two errors, Roberts was hit with the pitch with the bases loaded to make the score 5-0.  Next inning, Todd launched a two run home run for a 7-0 lead and Wissman smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 8-0 lead.  The Slammers scored their ninth run next inning as Anderson singled in Daniel.  Bertles went the distance only facing 4 batters above the minimum.

W/L Record

Year Wins Losses
2018 22 3
2017 19 5
2016 15 7
2015 22 5
2014 16 11
2013 22 5
2012 14 15
2011 22 6
2010 15 11
2009 9 14


Year Players
2017 Dan Barhorst, Todd Barhorst, Mark Barhorst, Rick Anderson, Deane Grandfield, Troy Koze, Tanner Lee
2016 Dan Barhorst, Todd Barhorst, Rick Anderson, Dan Comes, Clay Ragland, David Schwehm
2015 Rick Anderson, Aaron Fannin, Mark Lucas, Todd Barhorst
2014 Deane Grandfield, Justin Wentworth, Aaron Fannin
2013 Matt Owens, Micah Wilson, Joey Everhart, Mark Hadaya, Hank Beasore, Rick Anderson
2012 Sean Casey, Micah Wilson, Rick Anderson
2011 Matt Owens, Deane Grandfield, Rick Anderson
2010 Chris Copeland, Justin Dunlap, Rick Anderson, Sean Casey
2009 Andrew Verrett, Justin Dunlap, Matt Owens

League Honors

Year Player Award
2017 Jon Venters Postseason Co-MVP
2017 Jeff Beall Postseason Co-MVP
2017 Rick Anderson All-MVABL 1st Team (C)
2017 Todd Barhorst All-MVABL 1st Team (1B)
2017 Dan Barhorst All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2016 Todd Barhorst MVABL MVP, All-MVABL 1st Team (3B)
2016 Dan Comes MVABL Cy Young
2016 Aaron Fannin All-MVABL 2nd Team (OF)
2016 Dan Barhorst MVABL Most Improved Player, All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2015 Rick Anderson All-MVABL 2nd Team (C)
2015 Todd Barhorst All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2014 Aaron Fannin Most Improved Player, All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2014 Justin Wentworth All-MVABL 2nd Team (P), Strikeout Leader
2013 Hank Beasore College POY, All-MVABL 1st Team (2B)
2013 Matt Owens All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2013 Joey Everhart All-MVABL 1st Team (3B)
2013 Rick Anderson Coach of the Year, All-MVABL 2nd Team (C)
2011 Chris Copeland All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2011 Rick Anderson Coach of the Year, All-MVABL 1stTeam (C)
2010 Chris Copeland All-MVABL 2nd Team (OF)
2010 Justin Dunlap All-MVABL 1st Team (OF)
2010 Sean Casey Cy Young
2009 Andrew Verrett All-MVABL 2nd Team (OF)
2009 Matt Owens All-MVABL 2nd Team (OF)
2009 Rick Anderson Coach of the Year