Week 8

vs. Community Park Reds

Game 1

moline's walk-off gives innisfail victory over visiting community park reds

The Innisfail Merchants seized victory in dramatic walk-off fashion, thanks to a game-ending single at the end of the game to topple the visiting Community Park Reds in game one of a Sunday doubleheader.

The visiting Reds took advantage of some first inning errors and run starter Garett Hagel’s pitch count to 40 in the first inning, resulting in a 6-0 deficit for the home team. Innisfail would hit their way to two of their own runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to a Cody Thompson double and Griffin Moline RBI single. The Merchants would continue their hitting ways in the second inning as RBI singles from Alan Klinck, Thompson, Jace Bruce, and a Moline double erased the early shortfalls and saw the home team take a 7-6 lead.

Community Park would tie the contest up in the top half of the third off of reliever Rylan Zens. However, the tie would be short-lived as Innisfail would drop four more runs on the Reds in the bottom of the inning. Klinck began the inning with a straight steal of home, sparking the home-side, and Moline would add to his RBI total with a 2-run single, followed by a Dallan Anderson RBI single of his own.

Community Park would not let Innisfail enjoy the lead for long and replied with four runs of their own in the top of the fourth, followed by four more in the fifth as Innisfail seemed destined to suffer their first ever loss to the Reds.

Innisfail continued to find a way to stay in the game, and after a Thompson lead-off single in the fifth inning Bruce would step up to the plate staring at a 5-run deficit, and deposit a 2-run missile into a neighboring backyard and bring the home team back to life. Doubles by Greg Baumgardt and Moline, and a timely RBI single by Brett Porter inched the Merch back into the sun-soaked affair and dropped the deficit to 16-14.

Brett Porter would enter the game in relief and keep Reds hitters at bay throwing one-hit baseball over the final two and a third innings striking out three. And kept the game close enough for the hitters to complete the dramatic comeback. A sixth inning Thompson double and ensuing Bruce RBI single would tighten the game to one run. The stage was set for the hometown team to treat their fans in the bottom of the seventh as Ty Ratzlaff would reach base on a fielding error by the Reds shortstop, and a Clayton Kary walk later, it once again was up to the heart of the Merchant order to complete the comeback. Thompson would complete his five for five day by doubling in the tying run, and after an intentional walk to first baseman Bruce it was up to Griffin Moline to end it on his own. Doing so on the first pitch of the at bat as he roped a game-winning single just inside the right field line to score Kary.

Porter was credited with the victory for Innisfail, and the offense was led by Thompson and Moline going a combined 10 for 10 at the dish driving in eight of the Merchants’ 17 runs. Bruce’s first homerun as a Merchant helped to add to his four RBI game.

Dakota Wheatley took the loss for Community Park Reds allowing two hits and two runs over one inning, while striking out two.

#28 Cody Thompson (photo courtesy of Cindra Bouteiller)

Game 2

late gAMEcollapse costs merchants against reds in game two

The Innisfail Merchants stayed in it until the end, but the visiting Community Park Reds pulled away late in a 12-7 victory in game two Sunday afternoon. The game was tied at six with the Reds batting in the top of the fifth when right fielder Hockley singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring a run.

Innisfail collected eight hits and Community Park Reds had 11 in the high-scoring affair.

The Merchants took an early lead in the first inning, and scored two runs when Rylan Lammle singled.

The home team evened things up at six in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Cody Thompson drove in a run on his sixth combined single for the day.

Community Park scored five runs in the sixth inning. L Petryshyn, Landon Sonnenberg, T Jones, and Hockley powered the big inning with RBIs.

Landrie was credited with the victory for Community Park surrendering six runs on six hits over five innings, striking out three. Stawnichy and Jones entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Jace Bruce took the loss for Innisfail Merchants giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings, striking out three.

Innisfail saw the ball well racking up eight hits in the game, led by Thompson, Clayton Kary, and Ty Moline all managing multiple hits for the Merchants.

#24 Jace Bruce(photo courtesy of Cindra Bouteiller)

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