Sox Prevail After Late Drama, Twice
While those familiar with the Greek philosopher Eubulides's Paradox of the Heap may hesitate to use
the term "hot streak," make no mistake about it, the BlueSox are hot.
Butler swept their double header at Champion City in exciting fashion on Thursday, scoring their winning runs
in the next-to-last and last inning of each game, to extend their winning streak to seven straight and their lead in the Prospect
League East Division to two games.
As they did in the first game, Butler jumped out to a two-run lead early in the second game. Ben Hartz took
care of the defense, allowing just one walk and striking out four over 5.2 innings, but the Kings finally broke through in
the sixth inning.
They tied the game with three hits and chased Hartz from the game. Tanner Schumacher took over from there,
but it made no difference to the Kings who scored yet another run to take the 3-2 lead and force Butler into a tight spot.
Champion City brought in Evan Dunn to replace Luke Mamer, who had settled down after Butler's two runs, on
the mound in the seventh. Jeff Revesz singled on the first pitch he threw. Forrest Perron sacrificed Revesz to secondonly
three players in the League have more sacrifice bunts than Perron this year.
Revesz gave way to a pinch runner in Adam Bleday, who advanced to third base on a passed ball, bringing the
tying run within 90 feet. Collin Massanelli drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out.
Perhaps thinking he would be tired from having pitched in the first game, the Kings intentionally walked Stephen
Sada to get to Mick Fennell. The plan backfired. Fennell patiently drew a walk of his own that scored the tying run.
Though he entered the at-bat with two hits in the game, Ryan Hanahan grounded into a fielder's choice that
prevented a run from scoring. Cody Herald, however, came through with a two-out, bases clearing double to put Butler ahead.
Stuart Levy followed with a double of his own that scored Herald and put an exclamation mark on the day.
Butler's five-run final inning secured the 7-4 win.
His double in the second game was actually Herald's second big double of the day. His two-bagger in the sixth
inning of game one drove in Sada, who had singled, to score the winning run. Sada also tripled in the game and catcher Russell
Clark singled twice.
After two runs in the third inning, Fennell stayed tough on the mound, allowing just two walks over six innings
of work. Austin Ross threw the final frame to pick up his team-leading sixth save of the summer as Butler won the game 3-2.
The Sox will take on Champion City once again on Friday evening before playing yet another double header in
Richmond on Saturday. They will return home on Sunday for Butler County Libraries Fireworks Night.