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Slammers sweep the Redlegs for the second consecutive championship for back to back title.
The is past Sunday the South Dayton Slammers and Camden Redlegs met up for the second straight season for the MVABL championship. The home team Slammers sent out their ace Jeff Beall, who was looking to finish the season undefeated on the mound. After a fly out to start the game, the Redlegs got back to back singles but Beall was able to get two straight strikeouts to end the threat. The Slammers were able to go up 1-0 as Deane Grandfield reached on a throwing error, which allowed him to go around to third base and he came home on a Todd Barhorst single. The game stayed 1-0 until the Redlegs put together two singles, a SAC bunt, another single and a fielders choice to take a 2-1 lead. But the Slammers came back in the bottom of the third inning by scoring three runs. Dan Barhorst led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on a Tanner Lilly double off the base of the fence. Grandfield bunted Lilly over to third base and Lilly scored on a wild pitch. Clay Ragland walked and stole second base and Rick Anderson walked and Mark Barhorst then singled in Ragland for the 4-2 lead. The Redlegs cut their deficit to 4-3 by scoring once in the top of the fifth inning but Todd led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run to get that run back and a 5-3 lead. The Redlegs were looking to cut into the lead as they had the bases loaded and one out in the top of seventh inning but Beall got a hard ground ball to Lilly who started an inning ending 4-6-3 double play. Lilly led off the bottom of the seventh inning and launched a home run to left field and with two outs Rick Anderson doubled home Todd from first base for the 7-3 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Beall helped himself by leading off with a triple and scored on Daniel’s single, who stole second, moved to third base on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch for the 9-3 lead. The Redlegs got an unearned run the in top of the ninth inning but that wasn’t enough as the Slammers took game one 9-4.
The visiting Slammers got off to a fast start in game two by scoring twice. Lilly got a one out double and stole third base and came home on a Grandfield ground out. Todd singled and Ragland walked and Anderson doubled down the third base line to score Todd. Alex Mezcua started for the Slammers and gave up a leadoff single but then got a double play ball and a pop up to himself to end the inning. The Slammers then came up in the top of the second inning and played add on. With one out, Austin Dozier and Beall singled and Daniel walked to load the bases. Lilly then walked to force in a run and Grandfield single up the middle to score two runs. Todd and Anderson also singled in a run each to push the Slammers lead to 7-0. Mezcua held the Redlegs scoreless in the top of the third inning and the Slammers came up and scored five more runs for the 12-0 lead. Daniel had an RBI double, Todd a two run single, Ragland a SAC fly and Anderson hit his fourth double of the day for another RBI. The Slammers made it 16-0 in the top of the fourth inning as Lilly hit a two run home run and Anderson was hit with the bases loaded and Mark Barhorst walked with the bases loaded. Mezcua held the Redlegs scoreless the next two innings as the Slammers got a force out at second base to end the game 16-0 and their back to back MVABL championship. Beall finished the season 15-0 on the mound and the Slammers finish the year 28-3 and with their second team championship.The Slammers would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us this season.