Franchise Ball News
Day 3 Highlights (Featuring Columbus Storm)
Nov 4th 2020 By Alexandria Country Yankees

Though Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in electoral votes, 238-213, no one cares! What people do care about: The Highlights of Day 3!

DISCLAIMER: Not all amazing games were included. I am probably doing most every Highlights article (unless I am vacationing, traveling, etc.), so every team will get press.
9 A.M.

Kyoto Swords 17, Albuquerque Azteks 4: My Season 88 ace, Gordon Croft, pitched 5 solid innings for Kyoto and got a break from intense action as his offense provided 8 runs of support. All but 1 hitter got a hit for the Swords, and the attack was very balanced, but SS Jonah Lerner was the best, going 4-5 with 1 walk, 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs.

Scottsdale Dirtbags 4, Boston Red Sox 1 2: The Red Sox 1 saw their undefeated season come to a screeching halt. A 4th inning triple put the Sox up 1-0, but Scottsdale responded with a solo homer in the 6th, only to be answered by an RBI single in the top of the 8th. A leadoff homer in the bottom of the 8th tied it up, and an RBI triple gave the Dirtbags the lead. The starter was pulled, and the reliever only gave up a sac fly before getting the final 2 outs. However, the damage was done, and Tristin Spellaman finished up his complete game with a perfect 9th. RF Waylon Brown led the Dirtbags, going 2-4 with a double and a sac fly RBI.

Hartford HTFD_YANKEES 5, Cambridge Longballs 4, 11 Inninhs: What a game! An error and a single gave Cambridge an early lead, but Hartford made their first rally of the day, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd and another in the 5th. After 3 scoreless innings, the Longballs took back the lead with a solo homer and a single, and all looked lost for Hartford. Down to their last out and runners on the corners, Hartford rallied again, with 2 RBI singles before the final out was recorded. The score remained the same until the bottom of the 11th, when Giovanni Eck doubled and stole 3rd. Cesar Schmitt delivered and launched a walk off sac fly. Israel Dang was the top performer, starting both rallies and going 2-4 with 1 HR amd 2 RBI.

Baltimore Birds 13, Boston Tigers 1: Boston struck first with a leadoff homer by Taviom Bradbury… and never struck again. The Birds put away the game with a 7-run 5th inning, and it was downhill after that for the Tigers. The Tigers, who were active from 47-56 before rejoining in Season 90, were led by RF Cooper Dion, who was 3-5 with a triple and 2 RBI.
2 P.M.

Newark Neanderthals 10, Alexandria Yankees 8: The Yankees continue to be locked in a struggle for 1st place in Epsilon Peak North, as the Neanderthals opened the scoring with a 2-run 2nd, but the Yanks countered with a run in the 3rd. Newark got another in the 6th before Alexandria struck back with a 5-run 6th, only to allow 3 in the bottom of the inning. Alexandria countered with a run in the 7th, but Newark got 2 to take an 8-7 lead. Then, down to their last out, Team MVP Raymundo Goodard tied the game with a homer, but Elijah Ives hit a walk off 2 run bomb. Goodard led Alexandria with a 4-5 showing with a double, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs while Ives led Newark off the bench, going 2-3 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.

Fort Worth Horned Frogs 17, Oakland ObZen 12: Wow. This was a thrilling upset. Obzen had a brief hiccup in the bottom of the 3rd, but midway through the 6th, they boasted an 8-4 lead. Then, the Horned Frogs woke up. They hit 2 3-run dingers in the 6th, and swatted away a 3-run ObZen 7th with 2 runs to retake a 12-11 lead. ObZen got a run to tie the game 12-all, but the Horned Frogs came up big AGAIN, with a 5-run 8th to seal Oakland’s fate.

Chicago Ohawks 14, Pembroke Pines Cedar Lumbers 3: The Ohawks, who just died, had an excellent finale. The Cedar Lumbers, who have publicly said that they don’t care about Franchise Ball anymore and haven’t logged on in 2 weeks, made sure that they would seal their fate quickly, allowing 1 run in the 1st, 8 in the 2nd, and 4 in the 3rd, giving up 12 of the 13 runs in 3 innings. Emmanuel Riggins and Anselmo Cruz homered for the Cedar Lumbers, but Vance Saenz proved too much for them, going 4-5 with 3 HR and 5 RBI.

Mobile War Eagle 5, Brii 4: The War Eagle, who I like because I am also an Auburn fan, found themselves in a 3-0 hole after 6 innings. Then, Mobile took over tying the game in the bottom of the 8th at 4-4, where it stayed until Nolan Evers, the best player at 3-5 with a walk, 3 doubles, and an RBI, hit a walk off double in the 12th.

7 PM.

New Orleans Cotton Pickers, 20, Dallas Dominators, 0: This was a huge blowout by the Cotton Pickers as a huge 8 run and 6 run innings propelled them to a huge win. The top of the order was their strength, as they went 11-21 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs. The pitching was pretty good, as Zachery frost only let up 4 hits.

Scottsdale Dirtbags 4, This is the Best Team 3: The Dirtbags make their 2nd appearance today. They took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd before Best Team hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, which is how the score stayed until the bottom of the 9th, when Roberto Jankowski hit an RBI single to to the game and the next batter, Cason Clem, hit a walk off, 2-run double. Clem was the best performer, going 3-4 with that double and the 2 RBIs that came with it.

Minneapolis Barefoot Boys, 11, Victoria Okanagan Heat, 10: This was an Atlanta Falcons- like blown lead, as the Okanagan had dominating pitching and a 6-1 lead through 5. But then the Barefoot Boys showed  who they really were, with 4 consecutive multi-run innings to take the lead 11-6. However, the Okanagan Heat were not done, as they piled 4 runs in an attempt to come back in the bottom of the 9th, but they came up just short.


Des Moines JJ Golden Hawks 1, Maximuswda 3, 14 Innings: Another thriller between inactive teams, this one saw Emerson Bragg take the lead with an RBI single in the 3rd before Dayton Gresham tied the game up with a 5th inning triple. 9 innings later, the game remained scoreless until Jaylon Staley smashed a walk off, 2 run homer for the win. Both pitchers went the distance (and hit 0-11 against one another), but ultimately, Mariano Cepeda came out on top. Going 3-4 with 2 walks, Asher Beasley was the only player who seemed to know how to hit the ball for the winners.

Thank you to the Columbus Storm for writing up 2 of the 7:00 games!

Yankees :)