The Redlegs made it 4 in a row after a come from behind victory over the Knights as they resumed play on a game postponed due to rain over a month ago. Camden pulled out the victory by a final score of 8-7, holding off a late rally by the Knights in the process.
Way back on June 15th at Carlisle High School, Michael Cookson took the hill for the Redlegs and kept his club in the game over 4 innings of work. He suffered through on and off rain and a few Redleg miscues but walked away having only given up one earned run and he fanned 7 Knights hitters.
The Redlegs trailed 4-0 and were able to tighten the contest to 4-3 just before the heavy rain began to fall. Jesse Jones, Jacob Robinson, and James Robinson all worked walks to start the bottom of the 3rd. Jones would then score on a passed ball, making an acrobat slide to avoid the tag and plate Camden’s first run. Kyle Arend then hit a sacrifice fly which scored a run and moved another to 3rd. Brandon Howard then played a little small ball and was able to score a run with a ground ball out to the right side of the infield.
Cookson then retired the side in order in the top of the 4th, and then the rains came and washed the game out.
Fast forward to July 20th and the two clubs met up again, this time at Madison High School, and got things rolling in the bottom of the 4th. The Redlegs were silenced in the 4th and 5th innings, as 6 straight hitters were retired as the score held at 4-3. Then a 5 run 6th inning propelled the Redlegs to a comfortable lead and would prove to be enough to eventually win the game. It started off looking like an uneventful inning as a the Redlegs had a runner on 1st with two outs. Matt Morrison then singled to put two runners aboard before Saige Micomonaco deposited a 3 run bomb into the trees beyond the fence in right center field. Joey Watson and Jacob Robinson each then singled to extend the two out rally and were both driven in by consecutive hits by James Robinson and Kyle Arend.
Now with an 8-4 lead, the story turned to Redleg veteran Kevin Campbell as he had taken over on the mound after the postponement. Campbell turned in another terrific outing on the way to earning his 3rd win of the season and he eclipsed 500 career innings pitched in the process, joining only Shawn Schmitt (Dayton Rangers), Matt Spradlin (Springfield Indians), and Joe Becker (Dayton Rangers) as the only 4 pitchers in MVABL history to accomplish the feat. Campbell’s only blemish on the afternoon was a solo shot by Jake Postel in the 8th inning. He did give up a couple of unearned runs in the 9th before giving way to Aaron Carmack. The inning started with a base runner reaching on an infield single. The next batter hit a ball into the right center gap and tried to leg out the double, but Jacob Robinson was able to pick it off and make the throw to 2nd to erase the runner. Campbell then recorded a strikeout, but back to back hits would prompt Camden to bring in the closer. Carmack entered with two outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 8-7 ballgame. Camden then elected to walk the next hitter, Jake Postel, to load the bases. Carmack then struck out the final batter to earn his 3rd career save.
Camden now stands at 10-5 and are on tap for an important matchup against the Kettering Royals on Sunday 7/21. The Royals are currently in 4th place and sit only one game behind the 3rd place Redlegs. The game will be at Howell Field at a 4:00 start time.
The Redlegs had everything working in their latest double header against the Indians as they plowed their way to two victories by a combined score of 38-1.
Surprisingly, the headline in game 1 was not the offense pounding out 17 runs on 15 hits, but Michael Cookson turning in the first no hitter in Redlegs history. He was simply unhittable on the afternoon. He dominated the Tribe lineup and struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced. A walk and a hit batter were all that stood between Cookson and perfection. Camden had flirted with no hitters before. Kevin Campbell one hit the Gem City Braves in 2014, and Eric Williams mowed down 13 Miami River Marlin hitters en route to a one hitter back in 2015. However, Cookson now stands alone as the only Redleg pitcher to accomplish the feat.
While Cookson was cruising, so too was the Camden offense. The Robinson brothers each turned in a perfect effort at the dish, Jacob going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI while James added a 2 for 2 performance with a double and an RBI. Mike Hartman picked up a double and a triple in his 2 for 2 game and added 3 RBI. Saige Micomonaco added 2 hits, a double, and 2 RBI, Kyle Arend added 2 hits and an RBI, and Kevin Campbell drove in 2 runs in the game.
The 2nd game went much the same way, this time Kevin Campbell flirting with a no hitter of his own. It wasn’t in the cards though, as Indians lead off man Alan Dotson was able to drop a single in between 2nd base and right field to pick up the Tribe’s only hit of the day. Campbell still finished with an impressive victory and turned in his 2nd career one hitter. He went all 3 innings in the run rule victory while striking out 3 hitters.
The offense was on fire yet again in the night cap, piling up 21 more runs as they cruised to the 3 inning run rule win. Kyle Arend went a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and a triple and drove in 4 runs to pace the offense. Adam Parks went 3 for 3 and added a triple to go along with 3 RBI. Saige Micomonaco was 3 for 3 with two more doubles and 3 more runs batted in. Mike Hartman added two more knocks and drove home a pair of runs. The Redlegs now have 4 players with 15 or more RBI and are the only team in the league that can boast such a feat. In perspective, multiple teams do not yet have a single 15 RBI batter.
Camden will next take on the Knights on Saturday 7/20 at 1:00pm at Madison High School to make up their postponed game from last month. The game will resume in the bottom of the 4th with the Knights leading 4-3.
The 2019 MVABL All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 17 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.
The game will start at 7pm and will be preceded by the Homerun Derby, which will begin at 5:30pm. There will be no cost to get into the stadium. Concessions will be open.
Rick Anderson of the South Dayton Slammers and Joe Cantrell of the Wild Boars will be the All-Star coaches this year. Both coaches met up to draft their rosters from the entire pool of eligible MVABL players.
Team Anderson stayed close to home and took pitcher Jeff Beall with the first pick. Team Cantrell went the same route and took his own power-hitting first baseman Sully Minner. The remainder of the rosters are announced below.
Each team was granted an 'Automatic Starter' who will be guaranteed a spot in the starting lineup. Here is the list of those players who were recognized for this honor:
Cardinals - Brandon Cusick
Indians – Alan Dotson
Knights – Jerel Bristol
Machine – Paul Wilson
Rangers – Ben Schooler
Redlegs - Matt Morrison
Royals – Mark Carpenter
Slammers – Daniel Barhorst
Wild Boars – Sully Minner
Here are the complete rosters for the 2019 MVABL All-Star team:
Coach Rick Anderson, Nick Anloague, Kyle Arend, Mark Barhorst, Todd Barhorst, Jeff Beall, Jerel Bristol, Brandon Cusick, Alan Dotson, Tyler Eaton, Adam Goodpaster, Nick Gilmore, James Herold, Spencer Kirby, Matt Morrison, Kyle Moyer, Richard Navratil, Rob Pederson, Alex Schulke, and Garrett Wissman.
Coach Joe Cantrell, Dan Barhorst, Zac Carey, Aaron Carmack, Mark Carpenter, Josh Cvetkovich, Nick Ferraro, Markus Hall, Mookie Holmes, Sean Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Saige Micomonaco, Sully Minner, Gary North, Miguel Perez, Kevin Reynolds, Tom Ricciardi, Jacob Robinson, Ben Schooler, Matt Seibert, and Paul Wilson.
After dropping 3 straight games, the Redlegs got things back on track with a big 18-7 win over the Dayton Cardinals on Sunday.
Michael Cookson got the start for Camden, filling in on short notice after regularly scheduled starter Kevin Campbell was scratched due to back stiffness. Cookson pitched well and would eventually pick up the win after 5 innings of work, striking out 6 Cardinal batters along the way. Cookson now has a healthy 51 strikeouts over 37 innings of work on the 2019 season.
The Redleg offense got to work right away in the top of the 1st inning and would keep on the pressure throughout, in fact, they did not trail at any point of the game. Matt Morrison led off the 1st with a single and quickly scored when Jacob Robinson ripped a stand-up triple into the right center field gap. Kyle Arend then drove Robinson in with a single.
Leading 2-1 entering the 3rd inning, the Redlegs rattled off 7 more runs to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Morrison again singled to start the rally, stole 2nd, and scored on a throwing error that allowed Jacob Robinson tor each 1st base. Mike Hartman then doubled Robinson home and Hartman moved to 3rd on a base hit by Nick Davis, his first of 4 hits on the day. Joey Watson then added an RBI single, followed by a walk to James Robinson which loaded the bases. Everybody moved up a bag on an RBI single by Matt Redman before Matt Mattice cleared the bases with a double.
The Cardinals chipped away in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring twice to make it a 9-3 game. Mike Hartman then got things started again in the top of the 4th with a two-out double. Nick Davis then followed suit, hammering a double into the right center field gap to extend the Redleg lead to 7 runs.
The Cardinals kept hanging around, scoring two more times in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 6 runs at 10-5. But Camden put together another big inning in the top of the 5th, sending 6 more runs home to put things out of reach at 16-5. James Robinson started things off with a one-out single, followed by walks to Matt Redman and Brad Malott. Matt Mattice then came up with another big bases loaded hit, driving 2 runs home with a single. Isaac Marquez then drove a run home with a sacrifice fly before Matt Morrison drove a run home with another single. Morrison stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a throwing error before Jacob Robinson was plunked to put runners on the corners. Robinson then swiped 2nd and moved to 3rd on an overthrow that allowed Morrison to score. Kyle Arend then singled Robinson home to finish off the inning’s scoring.
Brad Malott drove a run home in the 6th to put the Redlegs up 17-5.
Isaac Marquez then made his 2019 debut on the mound and turned in a solid scoreless inning of work on the hill, allowing just 1 hit and striking out a batter.
Camden scored their final run of the day in the 8th when Joey Watson doubled home Kyle Arend who had singled to lead off the frame.
Aaron Carmack tossed the final three innings for the Redlegs and allowed just 1 earned run while piling up 5 strike outs.
The Redlegs (7-5) get a break this weekend before taking on the Dayton Indians (0-10) at Madison High School on July 14th at 1:00 and 4:00.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|