Game Recap: Kanata Cubs vs South Bend Bears (Game 1)
Season OpenerUpdated Sunday May 19, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.
The Kanata Cubs headed to Beckwith Park to start their 2019 season with a double-header against the South Bend Bears. Game 1 saw a pitchers duel as Aidan Hartholdt for the Bears was taking on Connor Wilson for the Cubs.
In the first innning Mason Kemp led off for the Cubs but it was a 3 up 3 down inning for the Cubs as they looked to get into the groove at the plate. Connor Wilson battled right back shutting the Bears down after a couple of walks he had back to back strikeouts and then handled a comeback grounder comfortably with a throw over to Cameron for the 3rd out of the inning. After 1 Score is 0-0.
The top of the second inning was similar to the first for the Cubs. More solid at-bats in terms of looking for the right pitches, a couple of foul balls, but unfortunately it was still 3 up and 3 down for the Cubs. In the back half of the inning Connor stayed strong. Striking out the first batter. A grounder to sure handed shortstop Aidan Lichty was fielded nicely and fired to Cameron for out number 2. After giving up a walk Connor finished out the inning with a strikeout to the next batter. After two innings score was 0-0.
The top of the 3rd was led off by Connor tried to help his own cause. Unfortunately he went down on the strikeout. Scot Melvin & Coleman sly got our first baserunners of the year working back to back walks off the strong Bears pitcher. A couple of stolen bases and the cubs has some pressure but a ground ball by Mason couldnt get by the Bears infield as they managed to get out of the inning with no damage. In the bottom half of the inning Connor was back on the mound. A lead off walk to the 10th batter came around to haunt the Cubs and score the 1st run of the game after a stolen base and a hit by the Bears. The Bears got another hit up the middle to CF, as the baserunner rounded 3rd Mason threw an absolute strike to catcher AB who laid a beautiful tag to get the 1st out of the inning. Once again after a strolen base the Bears had a runner at 2nd with 1 out when a single was hit to Leftfielder Kyle who immediately relayed the ball to Aidan who fired a strike of his own to homeplate, AB placed the tag on on the runner in what was a closer play at the plate for the second out of the inning. Connor got himself out of the inning as he caught the Bears baserunner wandering too far off of 2nd base with a pick off that caught the runner in a rundown which was executed perfectly by the Cubs getting the 3rd out of the inning. An inning that could have had quite a bit more damage if it wasn't for the great defense by the Cubs. Score Cubs trail 1-0.
The top of the 4th Cameron Goldie led the Cubs off with a walk. After a couple of stolen bases (A shuffle stumble, which he thinks nobody saw ;) ) he would come around to score and tie the game on an AB ground out to the right side of the field. Cubs tie the game 1-1. In the bottom half of the inning Connor wanted to go back out to the mound and battle with the pitches he had remaining on his daily count. The first batter hit a grounder to Aidan who fired over to Cameron for the 1st out of the inning. a strikeout and walk had Connor at his pitch count limit for the day. Fireballer Jacob Sherwin came in to the game in relief. After 4 pitches the Cubs were out of the inning as Jacob struck out the batter. Game remained tied after 4 inning 1-1.
In the 5th inning the Cubs got the sticks going as a walk by Wilson and a single by Scot had the Cubs with a couple of baserunners. Owen L drew a walk to load the bases for Kyle who roped a double to the gap in right centrefield scoring both Scot and Connor. Owen would come around to score on a sac fly by Mason. A clutch hit with 2 outs by Cameron scored Kyle to give the Cubs 4 runs on the inning. Jacob headed back to the mound for the bottom half of the inning. Jacob opened some eyes with back to back strikeouts to start the inning. Eyes were opened not only by the strikeouts but the grunt that Jacob let out when he delivered his pitches to the plate. With 2 outs Jacob gave up a couple of walks and then hit the next batter to load the bases. Jacob got out of the slight jam but getting a grounder to Owen L at second base who tossed it to Cameron for the 3rd out of the inning. Cubs Lead 5-1.
As we headed to the top of the 6th inning (which would be the last inning) the Cubs led off with Thomas getting his first at-bat of the season. He tried to sneak a grounder to the right side but the Bears managed to pick iy up for the first out. Aidan worked a walk. After a couple of stolen bases he managed score on a ground ball to the right side by Jacob. Scot worked a walk with two outs. Back to back walks came next. Scot standing on third took advantage of a pass ball and scored before the Bears catcher was able to get back to the plate with the ball. Mason was hit up by the hands on the next pitch and was awarded first base. The inning ended when Owen L got a little far off of 3rd with his lead and he was caught in a run down and was called out trying to get back to 3rd base. In the bottom half of the inning the Cubs were trying to secure the win. Jacob was once again dealing as he struck out the first two batters. Back to back walks had a couple runners on base for the Bears but Jacob mowed the next batter down with a strikeout to secure the win for the cubs.
Final Score; Kanata Cubs 7 South Bend Bears 1