It was not a great day to be the defending champs of the Storm Fall League. The Green Team opened the 2010 SFL with a pair of losses Friday night as they began their title defense. In the opener, the pitching was the story early on as the champs and the Gray Team managed only four hits total thru the first three innings. It was in the fourth inning that the goose eggs were cracked when Gray Team junior Ryan Rua broke the game open. After two quick outs in the inning, sophomore Zach Mosbarger sandwiched a single between a pair of walks which helped load the bases, and Rua cleared them with a grand slam over the left field fence to give the Gray Team a 4-0 lead. The champs showed signs of a late rally but that fizzled falling in their opener 4-1. Freshman pitcher Cameron Sheehan picked up the win in relief. Both Rua and Mosbarger finished the game with two hits apiece.
Game two was much like the opener as the pitching was dominant in the outset and it wasn't until the 5th inning until any runs were scored. The Black Team broke a scoreless tie in the 5th when junior infielder Mike Morgan led off with a double to right. After a sac bunt by sophomore Cody Blood advanced Morgan to third, freshman Bobby Seda brought him in with a sac fly to deep center. The Black Team would add three more runs in the inning when they recorded four straight hits, capped by a RBI-triple by junior Matt Toth. The Green Team would again rally late but fall 4-1 and drop to 0-2 in the SFL. Freshman Jeff Throckmorton picked up the win in relief.
SFL action will resume on Sunday when Gray and Black square off at 9am in the first of two games on the day. Stay tuned to www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates from the field and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com for recaps after the games.
Game 1: Gray 4, Green 1 (W: Sheehan 1-0, L: Fox 0-1)
Game 2: Black 4, Green 1 (W: Throckmorton 1-0, L: Oley 0-1)
Game 3: Gray v. Black, 9am
Game 4: Gray v. Green, 11am
Standings W L .PCT GB RA RS
Gray 1 0 1.000 - 1 4
Black 1 0 1.000 - 1 4
Green 0 2 .000 1.5 8 2