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2 DRAMATIC GAMES 2 DIFFERENT RESULTS
Stags 3 0 0 0 0 6 2 11
Herts 2 0 3 3 0 0 4 12
Stags 1 1 4 1 0 0 1 4 12
Home 0 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 9
A great day of baseball with 2 extremely tight games that went to the wire.Game 1 saw Herts come from behind to snatch the walk of win. The game started well for the Stags plating 3 in the 1st However they failed to add any further damage until the 6th and that ultimately cost them. Adam Cook pitched a very good game in blustery conditions and Catcher Dave Hurley went 3 for 4 at the plate, all of them doubles. Mike Hurley came of the bench and went 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI. Jimmy Talbot contributed 2 runs and 2 RBI to the cause.In game 2 the Stags picked themselves of the floor to grab a win in extra innings. Scott Brampton pitched the win striking out 8 batters in the process. At the plate Rob Donat went 3 for 5 with a couple of RBI. Rob Harris making his 1st start for the Stags went 2 for 4 with a monster double that just fell short of being a homer. JC Barallis returned to form with the bat going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIsStags coach Tom Keegan was pleased with the way his side bounced back from losing the 1st. “We showed a lot of backbone to dust ourselves down and split the match up. All in all it was a great day of baseball between 2 very evenly matched sides. The day was made all the more enjoyable with some excellent umpiring “
Brentwood beat Southampton in thriller
Mustangs 0 0 5 5 3 0 2 0 2 17
Stags 1 2 2 4 4 2 2 4 x 21
An incredibly exciting and entertaining game that could have gone either way. Both sides very evenly matched the Stags edging the match up possibly by having a slightly deeper squad and were able to make line-up changes at key times.Scott Brampton pitched a complete game for the win, striking out 12 on the way. He also contributed with the bat knocking in 4 runs.Ross Cook was the star of the offence with a 6 for 6 day including 4 RBI and crossing the plate 3 times.Also big contributions from Jesus Zurita 3 RBI and 5 runs scored, Rob Donat 3 RBIs and a 5 for 5 day & Dave Denison who batted 4 runs over.
DAWS HILL 6 STAGS 4
After splitting their last double header against the Sidewinders, the Stags (2-5) welcomed an undefeated Daws Hill Spitfires (4-0) to Clements Park for a tough double header.In a fiercely contested first game, the Spitfires swung the balance of the game in the top of the 7th with a monster home run from Luis Hernandez. The Stags however gave as good as they got and pushed a very well drilled and experienced team all the way to the last inning partially due to some great pitching from Brian Kulasena (7IP, 4K, 1BB, 6Runs). Kulasena kept the Spitfires very quite shutting them down with some solid support from his defence in four innings across the game.Although this late in the game defeat adds to few already received this season, it is by not surprised the Stags are putting teams to the sword in what could have been viewed before the start of the season as an easy trip to Brentwood. With a combination of good base running and hitting, the offensive sparks in this game came from James Talbot – 1 for 3 (2 RBI) and Ross Cook – 2 for 3 (RBI, R), however a late rally could not be produced due to a great 1 run and 2 hits on 3 innings relief stint from Jeff Stolz.
DAWS HILL 16 STAGS 8
In what is unfortunately proving a common pattern, the Stags were looking to bounce back after a tight defeat. The pitching responsibilities were shared amongst the young promising arm of Adam Cook (4 2/3 IP, 2K, 4BB, 12R), Dave Denison (1/3 IP, 0K, 1BB, 3R) and Brian Kulasena (2IP, 1K, 0BB, 1R) but unfortunately the result of Game 2 proved to be a bit of the same with the Spitfires opening an unassailable lead in the top of the 7th after the Stags ran into some pitching trouble.The offensive highlight of the game came from B. Kulasena who dispatched his 2nd home run of the season over centre field in the bottom of the 4th to bring the deficit back to 9-8. From then on after trading a 5th inning shut out, the Spitfires managed to get on the score sheet in the 6th to go with their 6 runs 7th. Again the Spitfires used RHP Jeff Stolz to steady the ship from the 5th inning onwards and take the game away from the Stags.Offensively Kulasena finished with a monster 4-4 day at the plate (HR, Triple, 1B, 2R, 2 RBI), Rob Donat shipped in going 2-3 (R, RBI, 4SB) and a special mention to rookie Rob Harris who got his first official hit in a Brentwood Stags shirt. Tom Keegan "Our pitchers are getting better with every week, and today showed with a little bit of extra command and confidence we can start shutting games out. We had 3 arms sharing the duties today and were missing another young prospect that has been getting on the mound this season too. Outside of that our defence played some solid innings but made some key errors that allowed innings to be extended, again with a bit more consistency we can look to a very bright future. We had a total of 18 players suit up for this double header and it give us a lot of pleasure that team are leaving games having been in a ball game”
Game 1SIDEWINDERS 7 STAGS 1 With Scott Brampton on the mound the Stags looked to bounce back from an unconventional double header defeat to Hove Tuesday. Brampton last start came against the South London Pirates where he picked the lost but primarily to lack of defensive support. This time round the Stags got right behind their starting pitcher and then reliever Adam Cook to what end up being a pitching and defence duel.With the score at 3-1 until the end of the 6th, Sidewinders managed to pull ahead in the top of the 7th thanks to 4 walks by relief pitcher Adam Cook and some good balls in play by the experienced Sidewinders.The Stags did not manage to produce the comeback needed in their last at bat primarily thanks to some outstanding pitching from Sidewinders starting pitcher Taadaki Sakurai who threw a complete game along with 9 K, 2 HBP, 1 BB.Offensively the Stags sparks in an unproductive first game were the Cook twins - Adam Cook 2-3 (2 H, SB) and Ross 2-4 (2 H, 2 SB). The only RBI so the game was brought in by Rob Donat (0-3)
SIDEWINDERS 11 STAGS 14Game 2 was a much different kind of game, with the Sidewinders second starting pitcher (Hideaki) not being able to follow the outstanding start from Game 1 starter (Taadaki), the Stags went to town in the first inning scoring a total of 8 runs in response of the 3 scored by the visitors, the key at bat in this inning went to Adam Cook with a 2RBI triple. The hot bats and good at bats by the Stags prompted the removal from the mound of Hideaki with their Dominican Republic reliever Jeffrey Aguilar which went out to close the 1st inning.From then on Aguilar and reliever for the Stags Dave Denison who also came in for rookie pitcher Ross Cook on the 1st inning, traded shut outs in the 2nd and 3rd inning, Denison in particular could not match the velocity of Aguilar but had a much better control forcing the Sidewinders to hit routine ground outs and pop ups. The 4th inning so Denison's first shaky inning which saw the visitors scoring 3 runs but the Stags immediately replied with 4 runs of their own due to poor control of Aguilar who allowed 5 BB. The Sidewinders again got on the score sheet in the 5th (1 R) but once again the Stags were happy to trade blows and better what the visitors were able to do, Jimmy Talbot with a fantastic 2 RBI triple.The pitchers managed to composed themselves to work out shut out 6th innings before the Sidewinders threatened to mount a comeback after being 14-7 down in the top of the 7th. The Sidewinders managed to get 4 on the board after some unsurprising lack of control from Denison. That prompted a bullpen move which saw Scott Brampton having only pitched 3 innings in Game 1, the visitors rally was derailed after SS Jesus Zurita made a diving stop and throw from his back to 2B Mike Hurley to force the 3rd out and give the Stags a much deserved win.The game once again so three of the Stags youngest players Zach Kenny, Steve Davenport and Mike Hurley get some valuable playing time. Special mention to rookie Steve Davenport who made a fantastic grab which stop the Sidewinders threat in the 5th inning. Other important offensive contributions came from - James Talbot (2-3 with 1B, 3B, 2RBI and 2BB) and Jesus Zurita (1-2 with 3BB, 3SB, 2RBI and 4R) Tom Keegan "it feels great to get another win under our belt, once again the guys competed very well and the score line in the Game 1 in particular would flatter the opposition. To get a win against a very experienced Sidewinders side who have competed and won many titles show what this young and reborn ball club is capable of"