Holy cow – what a game!
Returning to Warner Park — this time to face Madison East — the West Regents struck first with a lead off single by Kai Westring who went on to steal home. West put another run on the board in the top of the fourth when Simon Rosenblum-Larson reached on a fielder’s choice and then scored on a beautiful squeeze bunt by Rock Cates.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Nick Byers held East at bay through four innings, allowing no runs, one hit, and striking out two — and picking off a runner in a stellar move to second.
Although East went on to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs on two hits, the Regent bats weren’t done yet.
In the top of the sixth John James drew a walk and then scored on a Kasey Kuchenbecker single – tying the ballgame. Kai drew a walk and then both he and Kasey scored on a towering double to left by Will Marcus, giving the Regents a 5-3 lead.
And then the floodgates opened.
John James kicked things off once again in the top of the seventh, drawing another walk; Kasey was hit by a pitch and then Kai drew a walk. This set things up for Barret Page, whose hard hit ball was flubbed by an East fielder, allowing John, Kasey and Kai to score. Barret scored on a wild pitch. Alex Brown (no surprise) drew an intentional walk (Alex went 2 for 3 on the night, with a single, a double and two intentional walks). Jake Fleischman was hit by a pitch. Then Matt Ohm stepped up to the plate and hit a line-drive single, knocking in two more runs.
Halfway through seven, the Regents were up 11-3 and never looked back.
Joe Trier, who came on in relief in the bottom of the fifth, once again impressed — allowing no runs, three hits and striking out two.
Plays of the night?
Dang, so many great catches and put outs by Regents’ defense, but if I had to choose I’d say Nick’s pickoff throw to second — and catcher Marco Mascitti‘s pickoff to first in the bottom of the sixth to complete a double play, crushing any hopes of an East rally.
Video highlights coming soon…
West pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Byers (4.2-3-3-5-2), Trier (W; 2.1-3-0-0-2)
Next up: the Regents host Beloit Memorial tonight at home.