Game Recap: Kanata Cubs vs South Bend Bears
Cubs Walk Away A WinUpdated Thursday June 20, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.
It was a hot one on Wednesday night and after some confusion on the time of the first pitch the Cubs got underway against the South Bend Bears. Connor Wilson was on the mound to face off against the Bears. The bears got their lead off batter aboard with a single. Connor fought back immediately getting the next batter with a strikeout. The next batter hit a single and then dreaded 4th batter for the Bears launched a homerrun to right field. Connor as he does battled and struck out the next batter to giove the Cubs their 2nd out of the inning. The next batter single to left field. Connor left him on base after delivering another strikeout for the 3rd out. The Cubs were down 3 runs before they got to bad so they had to respond. Jacob who has been hitting the ball well lately was leading off for the Cubs. He lept his hot bat rolling as he stroked a double over the right fielders head. A Cameron walk came next following by a Mason Kemp single which scored Jacob. Mason would eventually be caught stealing 3rd giving the Cubs their first out of the inning. Back to Back walks by Owen P and Connor would have two runners aboard for Kyle. Kyle roped a double to the fence scoring 2 runs. Thomas would walk. After a fly ball giving the Cubs their second out Owen L hit a seeing eye single to short left field scoring Kyle from 3rd. Hunter walked and that brought Jacob to the plate for the second at-bat of the inning. Jacob continued to bash the ball hitting another double scoring 2 more runs before the inning was over. Cubs lead 9-3
Connor was back on the mound for inning number 2. A dropped 3rd strike got aboard as the lead off batter. The next batter hit a line drive which everyone in the crowd thought was doing to left center but Scot leaped up from short stretched to his left and made a great grab taking a sure hit away from the Bears player. Connor was able to get the next batter to hit a grounder to Owen P at 3rd who fired to Jacob at 1st for out number 2.The second dropped 3rd strike of the inning would come around to score and cost the Cubs a run before the next batter hit a grounder to Cameron at second base who flipped to Jacobb for the 3rd out of the inning. Cubs looked to extend their lead. Mason led off with a single to left field. he would come around to score after a couple of stolen bases and a Connor ground ball to the right side. Unfortunately a strikeout and a ground ball out was next and the Cubs could only get the one run across the plate. They tied the inning though and still had the lead 10-4.
Pitch count was climbing but Connor was back on the mound for the top of the 3rd inning. Connor unfortunately hit the lead off batter with a pitch inside putting the runner at first. The next batter roped a double to right field over the fielders head. The next batter singled to right scoring 2 runs. A ground ball to the right side Cameron picked it up and the throw got away Jacob picked it up and threw home to Thomas who was able to stop the runner trying to score. Thomas chased him back to 3rd and threw it to Owen P just in time for him to lay the tag down for the first out. The base runner had advanced to second on the play. Connor with a beautiful pickoff move got the runner sleeping at 2nd and Scot was their to make the tag on the runner to give the Cubs their second out. Connor struck out the next batter to end the inning. Cubs had to get on the sticks this inning. Unfortunately a pop to left field gave the Cubs their first out. A Scot walk gave the cubs a baserunner. Scot stole second and Owen L was up. Off the pitch Scot broke to steal 3rd as Owen just got under the ball and hit a bloop to Short who doubled off Scot at 2nd to end the Cubs half. Cubs still lead 10-6.
Pitching change in the 4th as Hunter came on the mound for the Cubs. Back to back walks to start the inning put the Cubs on their heals. Hunter was able to get the third batter courtesy of the strikeout. After another walk, the next batter hit a grounder to Short where Scot picked i up and did a backhand flip to Owen P who was waiting at 3rd and was able to get the runner at 3rd but one run would score on the play. Hunter ended the inning with a strikeout. Cubs were up in the bottom half of the inning. A deep fly ball to the track by Hunter was close but tracked by the Bears fielder for the first out. Jacob kept his perfect night alive with a single through the infield to left field. He would unfortunately be stranded at 3rd after stealing a couple bases as a fly out to right field and a strikeout would not being that important run home. Cubs still lead 10-7.
Hunter headed back out there for the top of the 5th which would prove to be the last inning. A solid start with a strikeout to the lead off batter. A walk followed by another strikeout had the Cubs with 2 outs and 1 eunner on. Hunter unfortunately loaded the bases with back to back walks before Mason came on in relief to pitch. Mason would walk the first batter he faced bringing in one run. The next batter would hit a 2 run single to tie the game before Mason was able to get a strikeout of the next batter. The Cubs were in need of 1 run to take the victory but they were up against the Bears top pitcher. After back to back strikeouts Kyle came up and was plunked in the arm by the hard throwing pitcher. Unfortunately that was the only baserunner the Cubs would get this inning as the strikeout came next.
Final Score: Kanata Cubs 10 South Bend Bears 10
Player of the Game: Kyle Milinazzo (1-2 at the plate 2B, HBP)