Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Machine

The fall season concluded in dramatic fashion on Wednesday in the bottom of the 14th when the Green team walked-off with a 8-7 victory to claim the 2012 SFL title. The Green team erased deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 6-5 on Saturday, and 7-6 on Wednesday before scoring finally walking-off in the 14th. Sophomore Sean Mathews got the offense going in the final frame with a double to left which was just out of reach of the left fielder, tipping of his glove. Mathews advanced to third on a ground out and scored two batters later on a passed ball.

There were offensive stars galore for both teams. The aforementioned Mathews went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two driven in. The freshman combo of Zak DeCamp and Louie Peterlin were major contributors to the Green movement. DeCamp went 2-for-6 with a pair of runs scored, runs batted in with a double and a stolen base. There's an old adage that "it's not what you hit but when you hit," and Peterlin did both. All three of his hits either tied the score or gave his team the lead. Senior Zach Mosbarger, sophomore Dylan Yankle, and freshman Matt Avromov all had a pair of hits.

The Black team had their share of hitters as well. Sophomore Josh Hudeck led the way with four hits and two runs scored.Seniors Patrick Kilway and Cody Blood each had three hits and a run batted in, as did freshman Rutger Luebke. Kilway drove his run in by belting a solo home run in the top of the 1st. Junior Garrett Emling followed suit with a solo shot in the 2nd.

There were just as many stars on the mound for both teams. With it being a staffed game, everyone had an opportunity to pitch, and there were definitely those who took advantage. Among those for the Black team were senior Tim Birch, red-shirt sophomore Josh Porter, and freshman Parker Devenney, each of which threw a scoreless inning with at least one strikeout. Junior Brian Kilway threw three scoreless innings but was on the mound when the Green team scored the winning run.

On the side of the victors stood four pitchers who didn't allow a run. Freshman Connor Fuller went a single inning, as did junior Brad Raley, but Raley came in and stuck out three straight hitters in his first action of the fall. Junior DJ Stastny and red-shirt sophomore Brandon Grunda also had scoreless outings in two innings of work. Senior Logan Nordquist picked up the win in two innings of work where he allowed three unearned runs.

Lake Erie College is on fall break and the team will take a few days off before strength, speed, and agility workouts begin on Monday. Individual position workouts will also begin next week. The four-week workouts will wrap just before finals and the team heads home for winter break.

Stay tuned this off-season for updates on the Storm baseball team, including the MVP and Cy Young winners from the SFL championship game. The coaching staff will announce the winners on Monday.  Who is your vote for MVP and Cy Young? Let me know on Twitter @thecoachscave #SFLMVP. Thank you to all the fans who attended SFL games this fall...see you in the spring! RAGE ON!

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