Franchise Ball News
Day 9 Highlights
Nov 10th 2020 By Alexandria Country Yankees

9 A.M.

Alexandria Yankees (17-8) 16, Houston Nightcrawlers (15-10) 4: The Yankees came up to bat in 8 innings. And in 8 innings, they scored a run. After scoring 1 in each of the first 3 innings, Houston got 2 in the 4th, but the Yanks got 3. Another run in the 5th came to the Yankees, and then a 5-run outburst in the 6th put the game away at 12-2. Houston traded runs with the Yanks in the 7th, and Alexandria closed out with 3 in the 8th. Houston finished with 1 in the 9th for the final score. William Lovelace was 4-5 with a triple, 2 homers, and 3 RBIs to lead Alexandria to keep a 3-game lead over the Buffalo Lights.

Edmonton Robins (19-6) 4, St. Louis Name (18-7) 3, 10 Innings: The Name, who are inactive, are off to a hot start. The Robins got a home run in the 2nd, but St. Louis got a bomb in the 3rd. Edmonton answered with a 4th inning sac fly for the 2-1 lead. However, the Name got an RBI double in the 7th and the Robins a solo homer in the 8th for a precarious 3-2 advantage. A leadoff homer in the bottom of the 9th tied the game for 3rd time, but the Robins took the 4th and final lead of the day with an RBI double. Evan Winter, who always does well in games that I report on, went 2-5 with 1 double, 1 homer, and 1 RBI for yet another strong showing.

Boston Hawks (11-14) 8, Dallas Sluggers (15-10) 7, 10 Innings: The Hawks, who are having a reality check after a 21-18 debut, took a 3-0 lead in the 1st and 5-0 in the 3rd. The Sluggers got an RBI double in the 5th, but a solo homer put Boston up 6-1 in the 6th. Then, in the 9th, when victory seemed certain, back-to-back homers made the game 6-4, but with just 2 outs to get, victory was still within reach. However, Francisco Clegg smashed a 2-run bomb to send the game into extras. A sac fly in the 10th gave Dallas their first lead and what could have been victory. It seemed certain yet again after 2 quick outs, but George Peoples doubled and Rueben Vega yanked the ball 428 feet over the left field fence for the walk-off jack. Vega, who was 4-6 with 1 double, 1 homer, and 2 RBIs, led the Hawks, while the Sluggers were carried by Estevan Medrano, who was 3-5 with 1 double and 1 RBI.

Seattle Marvols (15-10) 4, St. Johns Codfish (19-6) 3: This was quite a game. Jarod Stephenson led off the game with a shot to dead center for St. Johns, and added to the lead in the 5th with a 2-run jack from German Richmond. That was as afr as their offense got, though. Gustavo Urbina doubled in the 7th to get the game to 3-1, and in the bottom of the 9th, Urbina hit a triple to make the game 3-2, and the next batter, Brendan Mayberry, mustered up a walk-off 2 run dinger. Urbina (2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI) led the Marvols to victory.

2 P.M.

McAllen Pendejos (11-15) 5, Alexandria Yankees (17-9) 3, 12 Innings: Alexandria began with a 2-run second in this matchup, but McAllen answered with a 2-run homer in the 3rd. In the 6th, William Lovelace put the Yanks up with a solo dinger, but a Pendejos dinger tied up the game in the bottom of the inning. Then, the pitching held fast until the 12th, when Lobo Alicea scored the pitcher on a 2-run walk off homer. Donald Pauley (3-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI) led the Yanks, while Braden Fitzegrald, who was 4-5 with a homer and 2 RBIs, led McAllen.

Manchester Maniacs (14-12) 5, Los Angeles Spades (10-16) 3: Two cool names went head to head in this one. The Maniacs ran wild at first, hitting solo homers in the 1st, 5th, and 6th to take a 3-0 lead, but the Spades played their cards just right (haha), and responded with 2 solo homers of their own in the 8th and spoiled an uneventful Manchester win with the 6th solo bomb of the night in the top of the 9th. However, the Maniacs hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the inning to send the 42,792 home fans into a frenzy. Drake Barlow led Manchester, going 2-3 with 2 homers, 3 RBIs, and a walk. His heroics gave him his 1st ever Gatorade shower.

Kansas City Royals0 (18-8) 3, Anchorage Polarbears (21-5) 2: This game was low scoring and high action. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Joaquin Maya, Eloy Almanza, and German Sayas proved fatal. Nash Chapa homered in the 5th, and Lincoln Wang got one in the 9th, but it was not enough. Almanza led all teams, going 3-4 with an RBI to continue his age-35 .396 season.

St. Johns Codfish (20-6) 25, Tulsa Tornadoes (12-14) 3: An innocent 2-run 2nd rolled right into a 9-run 3rd and an 8-run 4th, while Tulsa managed just one run to make the game 19-1. St. Johns must have felt bad, because they managed to go easy, scoring  1 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th, and 3 in the bottom of the 8th. The Tornadoes were able to make the score not completely horrible. Galtero Adorno made the most out of hitting 9th, as the 2B finished 3-5 with 1 walk, 2 doubles, a homer, and 8 RBIs, with 3 of them coming off a homer, another 3 off his 2nd double, and 2 off his first 2-bagger.

7 P.M.

San Diego Giants (24-3) 9, Baton Rouge Expos (16-11) 6, 10 Innings: This was a big-time matchup of Epsilon’s best. The Expos came out strong with 2-run shots in the 1st and 2nd for a 4-0 lead, but a solo homer in the 3rd, and a single and 2-run shot in the 5th tied the game at 4. Then, as it is in many games, pitching took over until the 10th, when Baton Rogue got 2 solo homers. When things were bleak, though, San Diego became amazing, getting a solo homer, and RBI single, and a walk-off 3-runner by Julio Jiminez. Speaking of Jiminez, he was the star of the show, finishing 3-5 with 2 jacks and 4 RBIs.

Manchester Maniacs (15-12) 13, Baltimore Orioles (19-8) 12, 11 Innings: Wow. The Maniacs got 3 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd to jump out to a 4-0 lead, but a 2-run single and a solo homer in the 3rd and 4th got Baltimore back in the mix. However, Manchester responded with 3 runs in the 4th for a 7-3 lead, but Baltimore refused to give up, taking their first lead (8-7) with a 5-run 5th. In the bottom of the inning, however, Manchester got 5 runs of their own for a 12-8 lead. Then, Baltimore shut down the Manics, and got 1 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, and 1 in the 9th to tie. After 6 innings, Manchester finally escaped the clamps of Baltimore’s pitchers and hit a walk-off homer, courtesy of Montenegro Esquivel. Nicolas Olivio was 3-5 with a triple, a homer, and 5 RBIs for the Maniacs, while Angelino Hurtardo was 3-6 with 3 RBIs for Baltimore.

Erie Spartans (20-7; 19, Victoria BC Battalion (15-12) 5: This was actually more interesting than it seems. Erie started off with 2 in the 3rd, but Victoria answered with a run in the 4th, making the game 2-1, but 3 runs in the bottom of the inning put Erie up 5-1. Another Battalion run in the 6th narrowed the game to 5-2, but the Spartans managed nearly a 20-minute inning and put up 14 runs, yep, 14, to effectively close out the game. 2 runs in the 8th and 1 in the 9th for Victoria was completely meaningless. Serafin Zuniga was 3-4 with a walk, 3 homers, and 4 RBIs to spark the Spartans.

Alexandria Yankees (18-9) 12, Lansing XRays (14-12) 9, 10 Innings: The Yankees miraculously took the lead in the 1st off a Wayne Her homer, but Nikhil Grace got an RBI single in the 2nd to tie, Alonso Olivarez hit a 2-run shot in the 3rd for the lead, and then pitching took over until the 7th when Kayden Dyer (11.25 ERA, 2.250 WHIP, .349 BAA) allowed 6 runs, thanks to a Maurcice Montalvo single, a double by Korbin Wong, triples by Orion McCallum, and Mannie Posada, and a 2-run dinger to right center by Jermaine Menard. Solo homers in the bottom of the inning by Raymundo Goodard and Denzel Barr made the game only mostly bleak at 9-3. However, subbing Dyer for Saul De Jesus proved to be an amazing choice, as De Jesus pitched 3, 2 hit innings and got a rally starting double. 3 run homers by Francisco Yarborough and Donald Pauley tied the game. The Hail Mary had worked! Scoring opportunities by both teams in the 9th were not executed, sending the game into extras. A scoreless Lansing 10th set up Pauley yet again, who crushed the ball deep into the right field stands for the walk-off. Pauley was (obviously) the Game MVP, finishing 2-5 with 2 dingers and 6 RBIs.

Honorable Mention: Boston Hawks winning 1-0 at 7 with a 3-hitter.