Diamondbacks "New Jerseys,,, New Attitude" Sweep Arrows at Home
06/26/2012, 12:31am BST
By KEN REBER - Diamondbacks HC
Game One: Essex Arrows 10, Lakenheath Diamondbacks 11
- The day started off with a slight 45 min delay for some grounds work on the field after a harsh downpour. But soon after the sun was out, so was Lakenheath newcomer starting pitcher, Taylor Portman and the rest of the Diamondbacks sporting their newly acquired black jerseys. Taylor who weathered the storm early with a couple wild pitches mostly due to the wet conditions. Giving up a quick 5 runs in the top frame early, lakenheath found themselves behind bigtime. Taylor began to settle down but not before Arrows Mulvany welcomed Portman to the league and crushed a three run homerun in the second. Lakenheath on the other hand was just trying to stay in the game after only four runs scored through four innings of play. But they found their opening in the bottom of the 6th with a couple key walks and well placed hits tying the game at 10 all. Taylor, who had found a rhythm was able to silence Essex in the 6th and 7th leaving Lakenheath in position to win the game. Hot Stick of the Day Colton High was first up and waisted no time delivering a double to start the bottom of the 7th. Next batter Brad Simpson was able to reach on an error and move Colton over to third. But things got interesting when the next batter was doubled up leaving Colt on third with 2 outs. But Lakenheath wasn't to be denied as leader Ken Reber stepped up to the plate who had reached base on every at bat in game one. This situation wasn't any different as Ken slapped the ball to deep short and was able to beat the throw to first base as Colt crossed home plate for the game winning run.
"We had multiple chances to score more runs in this game but we kept at it, kept hacking away. We finally got the inning we needed to give us the confidence to finish in the end, and proud to see Taylor finish the way he did" Ken Reber - Head Coach
Game Two: Essex Arrows 12, Lakenheath Diamondbacks 13
- Game two was just as bit of a thriller as the prior. Both teams starting where they left off and with the rain gone, the bats caught fire. It didn't take long to score up the next homerun of the day as Lakenheath's Leo Perez sent a shot into the next postal code for three runs off Essex starting pitcher Jed Oliver. Much like last game where one team started to pull away early, except this time it was the Diamondbacks turn and to help lift the lead was Ken Reber who roped a two run homer over the left field fence. Kevin Carr was the starter for Lakenheath and pitched well enough to hold Essex to only 2 runs through four innings. Essex found a way to stay in the game and opened up the 5th with some nice hits to rally four runs. After five, the score was Essex 6, Lakenheath 10 and it stayed that way till the top of 7th where it was Essex's turn to pull out some heroics. And that they did with leadoff batter for the Arrows Luke Foley hitting a grand slam to tie the game up in the top of the seventh. Kevin finished off the inning on the mound but was replaced by closer Chase Richey. Still shocked from the incredible comeback Lakenheath couldn't capitalize as they had done the game before and the game headed to extra innings. With both teams scoring a single run in the 8th Essex took the lead in the top of the 9th with one run scored. Lakenheath who has played from behind most of the season still felt a little relaxed and was once again determined to take advantage of any situation given to them. Playing for only one run leadoff of the inning Colton reached as he did most of the day. Kevin Carr stepped up and turned a sac bunt into a base hit followed by a Chase Richey "texas leaguer" blooper landing in short center field. Loading the bases up for Brain Carter who had nearly the same exact blooper land freely scoring the tying run, and with a wild throw to third base Carr was able to turn the corner and trot home for the game winning run.
"I can't say enough about both teams. Everyone played their heart out today and it was great to finally get our first sweep of the season. We think it might have had something to do with the new jerseys."
Ken Reber - Head Coach