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Week 12: Grays Pummel 'Topes, Phils Sting Plugs, Goats Clobber Wonders

Wonders' Tom Sebastyn waits for a pitch from Goats' Todd Neumann Thursday night

Isotopes 4

Dorian Grays 20

WP: Chris Bernacki

LP: Steve Ostrowski

The Isotopes and Grays faced off at Herlihy Field Thursday night as the 2023 regular season winds down. Steve Ostrowski started on the mound for the 'Topes, Chris Bernacki for the Grays.

The Isotopes kicked off the scoring, plating 2 runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. The Grays countered in the bottom of the first, scoring 2 runs of their own to tie it up, and added 2 more in the second to take a 4-2 lead. Then came the 3rd inning...

The Grays sent 14 batters to the plate. 11 reached base and 9 scored, extending the Grays' lead to 13-2. They never looked back. Final score: Grays 20, Isotopes 4.

Both teams will play makeup games next week; the Grays facing the Phillies at Herlihy, and the Topes against the Wonders at Mitchell.

Plug Uglies 3

Phillies 6

WP: Ken Sloat

LP: Jeff Whitehead

The Plugs and Phils squared off for the third time this season. And for the third time, it would be a back-and-forth, highly competitive contest. Ultimately, the Phillies held off a furious late rally to preserve the 6-3 victory and a regular season sweep of the Plugs.

In the top of the first, the Plugs loaded the bases on Phillies’ starter Ken Sloat, but failed to score. The Phillies drew first blood in the bottom of the inning. Micah Winston led off the game with a bloop double to right and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ken Sloat followed with a deep sac fly to put the Phillies up 1-0. In the second, the Phillies scored again on a single and steal by Jon Ross and an RIB single by Yami Baker, playing in his first game of the season. Phillies’ base running was a factor all night long, with 5 stolen bases leading to 5 runs following the steals.

In the 4th and 5th, the Phillies added 2 unearned runs off of Plugs’ starter, Jeff Whitehead, to take a 4-0 lead. The Phillies later added 2 insurance runs in the 6th on hits my Micah Winston and Ken Sloat, and a two-run single by Andy Klepacki.

Ken Sloat shut out the Plugs through 6 innings. In the 7th, the Plugs started the inning with back-to-back singles by Mike Olkin and Chris “Chaka” Scanlon. The next hitter lined out to second baseman Andy Klepacki and Klepacki doubled off Olkin at second, leaving the Plugs with a runner on first with 2 outs and Sloat 1 out away from the complete game shutout. But it was not to be.

With 2 outs, the Plugs bats came alive, jumping on Sloat with hits by David Poppie, Greg Elbaum, and Rob Eccleston, plating 3 runs to make it a 6-3 game. Sloat handed the ball to Colin Hosley. After walking his first batter, Hosley induced a ground ball to end the game.

The Plugs offense was led by Rob Eccleston (2-3), Jeff Cabana (2-3, SB), Mike Olkin (2-2), and Chris Scanlon (2-2, R). The Phils offense was led by Micah Winston (2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB), Ken Sloat (1-2, R, RBI, SB), Andy Klepacki (2-3, 2 RBI), Colin Hosley (1-2, RBI, BB), and Yami Baker (2-2, RBI).

Ken Sloat picked up the win, scattering 11 hits over 6 effective innings, striking out 3 while walking none. Colin Hosley picked up the save.

Wonders 6

Fainting Goats 15

P: Todd Neumann

LP: Nabil Hannoush

The Wonders and GOATs* faced off for the third time this season Thursday night at School Street Park. The Wonders sent Nabil Hannoush to the mound; the GOATs* countered with Todd Neumann.

The Wonders struck first, scoring a run in the first to take the early lead. But the GOATs* answered with a pair of runs in their half of the 1st and another in the second to go up 3-1. A well-played game through two, it was shaping up to be a close game.

Until the third... The GOATs* sent 18 batters to the plate, scoring 13 runs off a mix of blasts, bloops, walks, and errors to take a 15-1 lead. They never looked back.

The Wonders did not give up; pushing across 3 runs in the sixth and 2 more in the seventh. Chris Ciepiela pitched well for the Wonders in relief, holding the GOATs* scoreless after the 3rd, but the damage had been done. Final score: 15-6.

The Wonders will close their season next week with a makeup game against the Isotopes at Mitchell Field. The GOATs* wrap up their regular season with a 5-7 record and finish 4th in the standings. They'll face the Plug Uglies next week in a scrimmage at School Street Park.

*In keeping with custom, the Fainting Goats are referred to as the GOATs after wins.

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

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