Only four games into the 2010 Storm Fall League, each outcome can completely change the landscape of the standings. The Black Team came into play sitting a half game out of first place, but a pair of losses on Saturday, sent them spiraling towards the basement.
In the first game of the day, the Green Team made their push to get out of the cellar, led by the corner combo of Jae Leeworthy and Ryan Anstaett. In the fourth inning, Leeworthy broke a 2-2 tie with a 2-run shot to right field, his first of the fall. Two innings later, Anstaett broke the game open with a bases loaded single which plated a pair. Adam Beach worked two innings to get the win, stranding a key runner on third in the fifth, maintaining a 2-run lead. The Black Team threatened in the sixth, but Chris Mason induced a game-ending double play to close out the 7-2 victory for the Green Team's second win of the fall.
The Black Team's troubles continued in the nightcap, trailing 1-0 after a half inning, back-to-back hits with runners in scoring position by Cody Blood and Bobby Seda gave Black a 2-1 lead. The lead was short-lived when Mike Fabri led off the second with a solo shot to center. After back-to-back walks, Kyle Kemp deposited a fastball over the left field scoreboard for his first round-tripper of the fall, giving the Gray Team a 5-2 lead in which they would not relinquish. Gray would add one in the fourth and a pair in the sixth for an 8-4 win to extend their lead in the standings. Tim Birch worked a scoreless inning to even his record at 1-1.
The SFL will resume play on Sunday with a pair of games beginning at 9 am (weather permitting). Stay tuned to www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates from the field and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com for recaps after the game.
Game 5: Green 7, Black 2 (W: Beach 1-0, L: Dempsey 0-1)
Game 6: Gray 8, Black 4 (W: Birch 1-1, L: Minnich 0-1)
Game 7: Green v. Gray, 9am
Game 8: Green v. Black, 11am
Standings W L .PCT GB RA RS
Gray 3 1 .750 - 10 15
Green 2 2 .500 1.0 12 14
Black 1 3 .250 2.0 19 10