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Friday, July 06, 2012

Carp wins both in doubleheader over Kars - with details

from Eric Rosenquist

I4C Victory took both games of a double-header against Kars on Thursday night at the Carp Fairgrounds.

Neil Cooke had the complete-game 4-2 win in game #1, giving up five hits and striking out 13 Kars batters. Cory Alkerton took the loss for Kars with three innings of relief from Brad Porter.

Carp got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a single by leadoff hitter Dan Loney and a grounder off the bat of Joel Langford that eluded the shortstop. A one-out single by Carp CF Matt McNish drove in both runners. Carp added another run in the bottom of the second. DP Matt Medaglia walked, was bunted to 2nd by 3B Eric Colvin, then scored on a Dan Loney single. The lead increased to 4-0 in the bottom of the 3rd when Matt McNish hit a solo HR for his 3rd RBI of the night.

Kars got on the board in the top of the 5th when Brad Pender hit his league-leading 6th home-run - a one-out solo shot. Kars added another run in the top of the 7th via another solo home-run, this time a leadoff HR from Kars 2B Scott Marion. Cooke shut Kars down after that, getting two strikeouts and a fly ball out to end the game.

In the 9PM game, Carp prevailed 6-3 with Cody Price going the distance for Carp and scattering 8 hits over 7 innings. Brad Porter took the loss for Kars with 3⅔ innings of relief from Steve Price.

As in the first game, Carp scored in their first at-bat when leadoff hitter Dan Loney stroked a double. Loney scored from second with two out when a throw to first went off-line and allowed Matt McNish to reach base on an infield grounder.

Kars answered right away, putting up two runs in the top of the second courtesy of a leadoff Dave Tubman home run and a bases loaded walk to Kristian Knapp that plated Scott Marion. Marion and Chad Costello had each hit singles with one out, and the bases were loaded with two out when Brad Pender was hit by a pitch.

Carp went ahead to stay in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs in the inning. Adam Fleming took over in RF for Dan Loney and started the inning with a single. Joel Langford followed with a single of his own, and #3 hitter Shawn Simzer reached base on a dropped third strike to load the bases. Matt McNish continued to swing a hot bat, hitting a single that scored Fleming and Langford. With two on and nobody out, Tony MacDonald executed a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Kars made a pitching change at that point, replacing starter Brad Porter with veteran lefty Steve Price. Carp SS Kevin McGuire greeted Price with a single that scored Simzer and moved McNish to third. A few pitches later, McNish took home on a ball that went to the backstop, giving Carp a 5-2 lead. Price got Kars out of the inning with a strikeout and a fly ball.

Carp tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when McNish led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. McNish advanced to second on a passed ball, then advanced to third when Tony MacDonald reached on a dropped third strike. McNish scored two batters latter when an infield single by Matt Medaglia was misplayed. Price stranded Carp runners MacDonald and Medaglia by getting a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.

Kars closed the gap to 6-3 in the top of the 7th. Cory Alkerton pinch hit for Brad Pender to lead off the inning and gave Kars a baserunner with a single. Kevin Chevrier pinch hit for Kars 2B Kristian Knapp and looked like he had a hit up the middle as well, but Carp pitcher Cody Price made a nice play to field the ball and start a 1-6-3 double-play. The double play turned out to be key as the next batter, Kars RF Cory Morrison, hit a triple and was then knocked home by a Steve Price single. Cody Price cut the Kars rally short however, getting the next batter to ground out to end the game.

Both winning pitchers had strong performances (Cooke in game 1, Cody Price in game 2) and they earn the Caveman's Choice honours.



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