It was cold and foggy and the attitude of the weather did a quality job of summing up the first few innings of play for the Chaps this morning. A few errors and missed opportunities at the plate left the Chaps in a 3 run hole. But, as in most cases with cold and cloudy mornings, the sun will come out and it will start to heat up, as did the case for the Chaps this morning. Ethan Kohnle, who just celebrated his 19th birthday last night, hit a massive, opposite field homerun. Minutes later, Patrick Lopez blasted another bomb to the exact same place! From there, the Chaps managed to bring one more run across in the inning to follow. Keanu Ramos held his ground on the mound and prevented Seward from scoring and gave his offense enough time to bring one more run across, in the form of a Luke Slentz homerun!
Top of the 7th… Ramos went back onto the mound and got a quick strikeout, but immediately pegged the next batter and coach Coleman decided to bring in the Canadian, Jeremy Filipek, to close it out. Unfortunately, after issuing a walk and striking out another batter, Filipek gave up a triple to even up the score at 5-5. Filipek struck out the next batter and the Chaps went back to the plate.
All I can say about the last inning is that I am guilty of getting too amped up and into the game that I can’t honestly remember what the chain of events were, but I do know that with 2 outs, Tyler Barlow came to the plate, the bases were loaded and he came up CLUTCH!!!! A game ending walk-off hit put another “W” in the books for the Chaps. It was AWESOME!
Game 2 started off with a little bit more of a positive bang for the Chaps as Jayden O’Dell took the first inning by storm with 3 straight strikeouts. O’Dell’s fastball was reaching into the mid-90’s. The 2nd brought a three hit, 2 run inning for Seward and the Chaps continued to be shut out. Finally, in the 5th inning, the Chaps tacked on 5 runs, thanks to a few Seward misfortunes and a sting of Midland hits. Monty McCasland came in to pitch a solid, scoreless sixth and Hunter Flake closed it out in the seventh to seal up a 4-0 weekend for the Chaps.
Now, it’s back to the dorms to study up! Unlike back in high school, we still have to go class on President’s Day, so a few of us have some homework to do. Our next game will be at 3 pm on Friday, February 24th here in Midland at Christensen Stadium!