COLIN McHUGH JAKE McGEE ADDISON REED CHAD GREEN
The Piney Creek Palookas pitching staff gave the fans an evening that they'll never forget by tossing a combined no-hitter! The tension started to build around the 6th inning. By the 9th inning the crowd was electrified. Piney Creek had 11 hits for the night.
The win went to Collin McHugh (1-0) who allowed no runs and no hits in 5 innings. He was followed by Jake McGee who pitched a perfect 6th innings. Addison Reed followed with a seemless 7th inning. Chad Green finished the game off with 2 hitless innings (only allowing 1 baserunner via a walk). Matt Boyd (0-1) was charged with the loss. He gave up 3 runs, 3 hits and a walk in only 2/3 of the 1st inning.
"You probably have a better chance of winning the Colorado lottery than this happening," said McHugh who got credit for the win, "I don't expect it to sink in for awhile." he said. "You know, it's hardto say who was better, the starter or the bullpen!... but we're a solid group of guys, and we always try to play as a team."
Chris Taylor smashed 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI as the NW Ohio Franconians really laid it on the Mississippi Big Orange 12 to 2 behind the help of (count 'em) 8 HOME RUNS...
Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew. He clubbed a solo home run in the 1st inning, doubled in the 3rd inning, doubled in the 5th inning and cleared the fences for a two-run home run in the 6th inning. NW Ohio had 14 hits overall, while Mississippi had 6.
The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon (1-0) who allowed 2 runs in 5 and 2/3 innings. The losing pitcher was Anibal Sanchez (0-1). He surrended 6 homeruns in his 4 and 1/3 innings.
"I had good swings and the "Random Number Generator" was really working well for us tonight," Taylor said, "Everything felt right".
For the Series...NW Ohio won 2 of 3 games.
NW Ohio wins Game # 1 -- 4 to 3 as Carlos Santana homers in the 12th inning.
Mississippi wins game three 7-4 behind homers by Starling Marte and Curtis Granderson.
For the Series... Northwest Ohio clobbered a total of 11 HOME RUNS! (Can you say... BOOM!!)
Game 3: Swashbucklers 5, Kona Coast 2. C.J. Cron played long-ball, hitting homeruns in his first two at bats. Cameron Rupp added another solo shot of loser Robbie Ray. David Price pitched 6 strong innings but the bullpen wobbled in the Suffolk victory. Tyson Ross, after loading the bases, got a 7th inning-ending double play, and Enny Romero got through the ninth, allowing one run but faced the tying run at the plate before striking out PH Ryan Hanigan to end the game.
Some factoids: Suffolk swatted 6 HRs in the series to just 1 by Kona Coast. Five of the Suffolk HRs were with nobody on base. Kona Coast stranded 24 runners, compared to 14 for the Swashbucklers.
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