Nationals over Reds 15-5

Game Played on 5/9/2018 5:30 PM at Cool 3
Results were reported on 5/9/2018 10:22 PM
GameID: 14562

Pitching for Nationals Pitching for Reds
NameAgePitch Count
Cameron Espino949
Brendan Pimental939
Logan DiPilato915
NameAgePitch Count
Joseph Valutkevich829
Leonidas Jonason924
Sean Renaghan732

The scene at Coolidge was a clear and comfortable spring evening for a National league showdown between the home Nationals and the visiting Reds.

The Nationals sent veteran “Cool” Cam Espino to the hill and he proved up to the task. Cam pitched in and out of trouble in the top of the 1st inning striking out the side and leaving the bases loaded, yielding no runs.

The Reds countered with Joey Valutkevich to face a Nationals team prepared to bring a combination of patient and timely hitting to the game. The Nationals pushed across 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning led by hits from Patrick Babola, Cam Espino, Logan Dipilato, Kevin Lee, Rishi Prasad and George “Herman” Combs.

 “Cool” Cam took the ball again in the second inning and efficiently retired the Reds with 3 more strike outs working around a base hit by Matthew Mastrogiovanni.

The Reds sent Leonidas “Oliver” Jonason to the hill for the bottom of the 2nd inning and he was greeted by a National offense hungry for more. Sean Mitsis set the tone with a leadoff walk followed by walks and hits capped by Benjamin Rotunno’s timely hit and unique base running prowess clearing the bases for what can only be called a “little league triple.” The National were able to plate 5 more in the inning staking Cam to a 10-0 lead.

The Nationals coaches sent “Cool” Cam out for another inning but the veteran hurler ran into trouble and was lifted for rookie Brendan Pimental for his opening lifetime appearance. Brendan inherited runners on first and second and despite his smooth delivery was not able to hold down the Reds offense any longer. Brendan recorded 2 strike outs but the Reds took advantage of a few walks and a ringing single by Nate Duerden to score 5 runs and close the lead to 10-5.

Sean Renaghan took the mound in the bottom of the third, struck out 2 batters but could not record the elusive third out. The Nationals were able to piece together a few walks with timely hits by Brendan Pimental, Sean Mitsis and Logan Dipilato to increase their lead to 15-5.

As the game headed to the 4th inning the Nationals knew it was time for the “Logan Express” to enter with the chance to close the game. Much to the delight of the Nationals fans, Logan was well under control and able to strike out the only three batters he faced.

In summary the top of the Nationals order (Patrick Babola, Josh Curtis and Cam Espino) scored all 9 times they came up to bat. The National pitchers (Cam Espino, Brendal Pimental and Logan Dipilato) recorded a combined 11 strike outs for the evening.

Shout out to the Reds “Oliver” Jonason for solving the “mystery of the missing glove.”

Overall a great night of baseball. Both teams played hard and are sure to meet again down the road this season. Good luck to all!