Raritan Valley National Adult Baseball Association: My Site News: REDS FORCE GAME 3, DOWN DODGERS IN TENTH 4-3

Monday, January 21

After nine and two-thirds innings, and 160 pitches, the old man was not over the hill. In fact he was still firmly entrenched upon it. With two down in the top of the tenth, and the bases bulging with Dodger blue, Rob Dornick fired pitch number 161 and induced a fielder's choice. The Reds had escaped unscathed and would take the game in the bottom of the tenth.

With a three run third, keyed by consecutive doubles from Paul Monticello and Joey Cardona, the Dodgers appeared headed for a series sweep, as they led 3-0 after three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, the Reds got back in it. An rbi double off the bat of Kevin Walsh plated their first run, and Walsh later scored on Vinnie Sinatra's rbi grounder to make it 3-2.

Aided by three Dodger errors, the Reds tied it in the sixth. Leading off, Vinny Cocilovo reached on an error by the Dodger shortstop. He moved up on Dornick's sacrifice bunt. Walsh then singled to move him to third, before a throwing error by the Dodger catcher allowed him to score the tying run.

Meanwhile, Dornick who appeared to be tiring in the top of the sixth, when he hit a batter and walked two more, before escaping with a double play, settled down in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning. The Dodgers would threaten in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings, but would come up empty each time, leaving runners at first and second, second and third, and then leaving the bases loaded.

Finally, in the bottom of the tenth, the Reds would seal the deal. Phil Forman rocketed a one-out double and moved to third on Leon Johnson's single. Johnson took second on defensive indifference with Matt Paullus at the plate, putting runners on second and third with one out. Paullus popped up to the right fielder, who caught the ball about 15 feet past the infield grass. Kyle Babulak, the courtesy runner for Forman, amazingly took off from third. His daring must have caught the Dodger rightfielder by surprise. The hurried throw came in by the pitcher's mound. Babulak was easily safe and the Reds had evened the series at one game apiece.