Franchise Ball News
Day 11 Highlights
Nov 12th 2020 By Alexandria Country Yankees

9 A.M.

Seattle Cyclones (20-11) 6, Mesa Road Runner (14-17) 5: The Cyclones had to make an inspiring comeback to outrun the Road Runners. The Cyclones went up 1-0 in the 2nd, but Mesa scored 5 in the 3rd. All looked lost, but Seattle refused to give up, knowing their 20th win was on the line. Gaspard Garay, who always does well when I watch, hit a solo homer in the 5th and Kurtis Trout managed a 3-run, inside the park dinger in the 6th. In the 9th, Garay delivered AGAIN, hitting a walk off double. As you could have probably guessed, Garay was the Game MVP, finishing 2-5 with a double, a homer, and 2 RBIs.

St. Johns Peace Sharks (29-2) 31, Peoria Massacre (12-19) 2: The once-mighty Massacre, inactive for 4 months now, have tanked, and it showed today. 1 run in the 1st for the Sharks was followed by 4 in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th before taking a 1-inning break, giving the 20,076 fans hope. It was all a trick through, and the Peace Sharks mauled Peroia’s pitchers for 10 in the 6th, 9 in the 7th, and 1 in the 8th before the Massacre, who were massacred, managed 2 in the 8th to cut the deficit to 27-2. St. Johns didn’t care, and got 4 more in the 9th to cap the neat 38-hitter. 36-year old Jamari Hatch continues to impress in his 1st full season (after 6 years in the minors and 6 years of part-time service, hitting .316 in 256 ABs), going 7-7 with 1 walk, 2 homers, and 6 RBIs.

Rockford Off-White Sox (21-10) 18, Bellingham Surfers (8-23) 6: Dallas Freund and Drew Mace each hit 3 homers in this romp. The team formerly known as the Valencia Dragon Shrimp began with a leadoff homer, but Bellingham hit a leadoff homer of their own in the 1st. Bellingham added 2 in the 2nd for a miraculous 3-1 lead. Rockford was temporarily stunned and didn’t score until the 5th, when they got 1 run and 5 runs in the 6th for a 7-3 lead. Bellingham cut it to 7-5 in the bottom of the inning, but 8 runs in the 7th put the game away. Bellingham got 1 final run in the bottom half of the 7th, but 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th by the Off-White Sox gave us the final score. Mace led the victors, finishing 4-6 with the aforementioned 3 homers with 6 RBIs.

New Orleans Cajun Gamecocks (17-14) 6, Buffalo Heatwave (16-15) 4, 12 Innings: 2 middling teams searching for answers faced off in this one. Buffalo took the lead in the top of the 3rd, but New Orleans answered with 2 in the bottom of the 3rd. Heatwave tied the game up in the 6tg, but the Cajun Gamecocks answered with a run of their own in their turn in the 6th. Buffalo tied it again with a leadoff homer in the 9th, and took it with a solo dinger in the same inning, but the Cajun Gamecocks (what a great name!) tied the game (again) with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, and in the 12th, Placido Baeza perfectly placed a weak grounder to score 2 for the walk-off single. Baeza, who was 3-6 with 3 RBIs, led New Orleans.

2 P.M.

Worcester Mendoza (16-16) 2, Alexandria Country Yankees (22-10) 1: Ugh. This was a very exciting (though low-scoring) game. Reyes Casillas started for the Yanks and threw 5 scoreless innings, and he was followed by Alec Alexander, who got 3 more, while Armani Clausen did the same. Then, in the 9th, Raymundo Goodard managed an RBI single to put the Yanks up 1-0. However, the Country Yankees have always struggled with closers, and this year is no exception. Saul De Jesus blew another save and allowed a walk-off 2-run homer to Mekhi Lauer. Darian Kish went 2-3 with a triple for the Mendoza, while Arthur Frasier and Francisco Yarborough went 2-4 with a double.

Seattle Cyclones (21-11) 3, Cincinnati Hitmen (7-24) 2: The Cyclones keep turning in amazing wins. Semaj Ricker started the Cyclones off with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd, and Clark Rocha made the game 2-0 with an RBI triple in the 3rd. However, in the 4th, Guillelmina Mascarenas hit a solo homer for the Hitmen, and in the 5th Quinton Ross tied the game up with a solo homer. Then, pitching took over, as Fabian Carmes dominated and Felipe Hastings managed. In the 9th, however, Hastings cracked and someone hit a go-ahead RBI single. Guess who? Well, as always, it was Gaspard Garay. Reliever Rudy Mello threw a perfect 9th for the save, the 2nd of his career. Rocha, who was 2-4 with a double and 1 RBI, earned the Game MVP and carried his team to victory.

Pittsburgh Panthers (18-14) 13, Salt Lake BYU Cougars (13-19) 0: It was a sad day for the Salt Lake fans watching from home as the soon-to-be-dead team crumbles, but it was a great day for the 26,131 Panther fans who showed up. The game was actually scoreless through 4 ½ innings, but a solo homer put Pittsburgh up 1-0 after 5. They followed up with a 2-run 6th, thanks to a 2-run jack by Guillelmina Ordonez, an 8-run 7th, and 2 runs in the 8th to close out the action. Kristofer Oinelli and Quinton Wiggins combined for a 6-hitter, and Ordonez, who came on as a pinch hitter, finished 3-3 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs in his 1st Pittsburgh at-bats (he was acquired after his old team, hairlesslockness, folded).

Stars (13-19) 12, St. Johns Peace Sharks (29-3) 11, 10 Innings: Of all the teams that had the chance to knock the Sharks off the top spot, it was an inactive team? Strange. St. Johns recorded a run in the 2nd and 5 in the 4th to take a 6-0 lead, but then the miracles began. The Stars got 2 in the 4th, 6 in the 6th, and 1 in the 7th to take a 9-6 lead, but the Peace Sharks rallied in the 9th, tying the game with a 3-run homer. In the 10th, the Sharks struck again, taking an 11-9 lead with a 2-run bomb to center, but back-to-back-back solo homers in the bottom of the inning won the game for the Stars, delighting their 16,082 fans in attendance. Troy Strother was 3-6 with 1 homer and 2 RBIs for the Stars, while Mateo Neal hit the walk-off homer. PH Idurre Arteaga finished 1-2 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs for the Peace Sharks.

7 P.M.

San Diego Giants (29-4) 6, Boston Hawks (15-18) 5, 10 Innings: This was quite a thriller, as the division rivals met for the 1st time this season. San Diego took the lead with RBI doubles in the 1st and 3rd, but Boston got a Nigel Younger (3-10 with me) 2-run bomb in the 5th to tie the game. However, an RBI single in the 6th and a solo homer in the 7th gave San Diego a 4-2 lead. The drama continued with an 8th inning homer by Ethan Lawler that gave Boston a 5-4 lead and almost certainly guaranteed victory… against any other team. In the bottom of the 9th, Leonel Jarrell, who came on as a replacement some innings earlier, walloped the ball over the center field fence to send the game into extras, and in the 10th, Julio Jiminez hit a walk-off triple to win and spark pandemonium amongst the 47,693 spectators. Jiminez led the Giants, finishing 3-5 with 1 double, 1 triple, and 2 RBIs.

St. Johns Codfish (27-6) 22, Albuquerque NM Taco Eaters (15-18) 3: It was a sad day for the inactive Taco Eaters (so if you want any players from them, just drop a bid). The Codfish got 6 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd before allowing 2 to the Taco Eaters in the 2nd. The Fish didn’t care, and got 1 in the 3rd, 5 in the 4th, and 1 in the 5th before allowing the 3rd and final Albuquerque run of the night. 3 runs in the 7th and 9th finished off the blowout. Gateiro Adorno led St. Johns from the bottom of the order, finishing 5-6 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs.

Cedar Rapids CC Comets (17-16) 1, Kure Kanta (21-12) 0: The Kantai are legendary. The Comets have had 3 stints in FB totaling 7 seasons. This was a crazy game. Quinn Tracy threw a complete game 3-hitter with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks for Cedar Rapids. For Kantai, Felipe Stiltner threw a 2-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks, but got the loss since one of his 2 hits was an 8th inning homer to Walker Davila (92 POW, 58 CON). Davila led the way, finishing 1-3 with a homer and an RBI.

Portland Grizzlies (16-17) 3, Atlanta THE DUKES (16-17) 2, 10 Innings: The Grizzlies, famous for beating the Reruns 21-11 in last year’s wild card, went up against last year’s best last-place team (29-31). The Grizzlies took the lead in the 5th with a solo jack by Salvatore See, but in the 6th, THE DUKES tied the game with a Devin McGuire homer, and took the lead with Nathen Linville shot in the 7th. However, in the bottom of the 7th, Andy Huffman hit a solo dinger, and in the 10th, Dalton Strauss launched one over the center field stands into the 2nd row. Huffman, who was 2-4 with 1 homer and 1 RBI, led the Grizzlies.

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