Game Recap: Kanata Cubs vs Tyrans-Noir - Game 1
Tied Up!Updated Monday June 3, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.
Saturday Jun 1st the Kanata Cubs played host to the Tyrans-Noir in a cross border battle at GRC park. Hunter McKnight was on the mound for the Cubs and was dealing early. In the first inning Hunter managed to get an early ground ball hit to Aidan at short who made a hard toss across the diamond to Cameron who was holding down 1st base. After the Noir team got a base hit to to Right Field, AB (who was behind the plate for Hunter) after a ball slipped away AB made a hard throw to second just missing getting a stealing runner. Hunter went on to strike out the next batter. Hunter would give up one more hit but leave those runners standed after striking out the Tyrans 5th batter of the inning. The Cubs were up and had a chance to take an early lead in the bottom half of the inning. Unfortunately the Cubs couldnt respond as they went 3 up and 3 down with 2 strikeouts.
In the second inning Hunter headed to the mound. After giving up the dreaded lead off walk, Hunter struck out the next batter. The next batter hit into a taylor made double play that Owen fielded and threw over to Cameron to end the inning quickly for the cubs. Cubs managed to shutout the Noir in back to back innings and wanted to take advnatage in their half. AB was leading off and after a tough battle AB worked a walk. He was very aggressive on the basepaths stealing 2 bases and finds himself on 3rd base. A strikeout to our next batter had Aidan up and wanting to take the lead. Aidan drove a ball to left centre field to score AB. Aidan came in to score on a big double hit by Kemper to deep centrefield. Kemper would be called out attempting to steal 3rd to hand the cubs two outs on the inning. The third out came at the case of a strikeout. Cubs take the early lead 2-0.
Hunter headed back out to the mound for the 3rd inning. a single off the glove of Aidan had the lead-off runner aboard. The first out came off the next batter who hit a bit of a bloop shot to what we thought was no mans land just over the infield and before the outfield, but this was the area that Scot patrols and he made a sliding catch to give the Cubs their first out. A single and a walk would end Hunters day but ONLY because of pitch counts as the coaches try to ensure we have enough bandwidth for the double-header on sunday. Owen Perry came into pitch in his second appearance of the season. Owen managed to get a grounder to Cameron who took it to 1st for the second out. A fly ball out to right field to Thomas was the end of the inning as he made the catch. In the bottom half of the inning it was another quick one for the Cubs as they went 3 up three down. They thought they had some life with a Scot two-out single but he was picked off and caught in a rundown with a nice pickoff move by the Noir Pitcher. Cubs still keep the lead 2-1.
Owen returned to the mound for the top of the 4th inning. Owen was throwing strikes and needed his defense to pick him up. A few single, aggressive baserunning, and players not getting their gloves down would cost the cubs a few runs this inning. Tyrans-Noir dropped down a bunt that Owen fielded as he came off the mount and threw to Coleman who was covering the bag for Goldie. Owen battled and managed to get two strikeouts to end the inning but not before the Noir team scored 5. Cubs had to answer now with their bats. With one out Hunter McKnight roped a ball for a double and quickly stole third. Back to Back walks by AB and Owen P had aidan up who roped a single. Mason followed it up with a single of his own. Jacob hit a 2 out single to right field scoring 2 more runs. Cubs answer back with 5 runs and take a 7-6 lead.
In the last inning Owen was back on the mound. A lead off single would come around to score and tied the game on a double hit by the Noir. After a walk the Noir had runners on first and 2nd when a ground ball was hit to Owen at short who flipped it over to Hunter to make the 3rd out. Owen held his team in there as he struck out the next two batters to end the Noir Half inning. The Cubs had a chance to win it. After two ground ball outs Hunter hit a rope to the field for a double. That brought AB to the plate. Hunter stole 3rd on a pass ball. AB had a hitters count and then umpire made a really questionable call for a 3rd strike which everyone thought was low, the catcher didnt come up clean but threw to 1st for the 3rd and final out.
Important to note - Huge gutsy effort by Aidan Lichty who took a bad hop in this game at Shortstop as it came up and caught him in the chin. He would return on the day!!! Amazing Character!
Final Score: Kanata Cubs 7 Tyrans-Noir 7