Nationals over Indians 7-6

Game Played on 5/6/2018 11:00 AM at Cool 3
Results were reported on 6/2/2018 9:00 AM
GameID: 16697

Pitching for Nationals Pitching for Indians
NameAgePitch Count
Patrick Babola972
Logan DiPilato949
Joshua Curtis821
Cameron Espino924
NameAgePitch Count
Colson Cotter859
Jake Linton937
Charlie Kent920
Jack Molter810

The Nationals and Indians took the field on a muggy Friday night at Coolidge field to continue the game started way back in early May……

Patrick Babola started the original game for the Nationals and pitched very well recording 7 strike outs over 3+ innings and yielding 0 runs despite working around a solid single to Indians veteran Charlie King. Colson Cotter was equally impressive for the Indians striking out 6 and yielding only 1 run paced by a one out double to Josh Curtis and RBI single by Logan Dipilato. After three innings the Nationals held a slim 1-0 lead.

In the 4th inning the Nationals turned to the Logan Express while the Indians countered with Jake Linton. Both pitchers did very well under difficult circumstances as the offenses responded. The Nationals pieced together a 5 run 4th inning to take a 6-0 lead. Not to be outdone the gritty, never say die Indians responded with a dramatic 6 run final inning with contributions up and down their lineup to send the game to a 6-6 tie as darkness fell.

 ……fast forward to Friday night, June 1st.

Both teams were facing challenges managing through various suspended and rain out make up games this week. The Nationals were prepared and confident with closer Cool Cam Espino as he pitched a scoreless top of the 1st inning aided by solid defense. The Indians countered with fireballer Charlie Kent who rode his smooth delivery to strike out the Nationals top of the order.

Cool Cam settled in for his 2nd inning of work, even better than the first as he struck out the side giving the Nationals one more chance to win the game with a run. The Indians once again turned to Charlie who promptly struck out Nationals clean-up hitter as he was up against his pitch count for the evening. This was good news for the Nationals as the opportunity to face Cy Young sounded like a better chance than breaking through on Charlie tonight. The Nationals rallied to load the bases and with two outs rookie Sean “Swing Mode” Mitsis delivered an amazing walk off single plating Benjie Rotunno to end the game Nationals 7, Indians 6.

Exhilarating for some and heart breaking for others it was great to see two class teams wrap up afterwards in several fun rounds of knockout batting practice together showing a true sense of sportsmanship. Best of luck to both teams for the remainder of the season!