The IHSBCA #3 Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (9-3/5-1) won the annual Mudsock Trophy Friday night by winning Game 2 of the series with crosstown rival Southeastern Royals 10-8 and then completed the sweep of the Royals with a 12-2 run-rule victory in Game 3. Due to the stormy forecast on Saturday, Game 3 was moved up to Friday night as part of a DH at Southeastern.
Game 2 of the series was a back and forth heavyweight battle. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. JJ Woolwine led off the game with a single up the middle. Craig Yoho followed with a double off the left field fence. Woolwine scored the 1st run on a wild pitch. After a walk put runners at 1st and 3rd, Grant Richardson appeared to be picked off and broke towards 2nd. The Royal first basement hit Richardson in the back with the ball attempting to throw him out at 2nd. As the ball trickled away, Richardson was awarded a stolen base, and Yoho raced home from 3rd to score the Tigers 2nd run of the inning. Kiel Brenczewski followed with an RBI single to plate Richardson, and the score was 3-0 with nobody out in the 1st inning.
The Royals quickly answered back with a 3-run homerun in the bottom of the 1st inning from Jacob Daftari. The score would remain tied until the 3rd inning. Yoho led off the inning with a single. Richardson followed with a double to the right centerfield gap putting runners at 2nd and 3rd. After a groundout, Matthew Wolff drilled a 2-run double to continue his hot hitting and take a 5-4 lead. The Royals scored 1 run in the 3rd inning on a homerun from Greyson Droste and another run in the 4th inning to tie the score. AJ Waltermann came in the 4th inning to relieve starter Jon Vore on the mound inheriting runners on 1st and 3rd. With the game tied at 5, Waltermann struck out the first batter he faced and then walked the next batter bringing up Droste with the bases loaded. Waltermann forced Droste to pop-up the ball, and he caught the ball himself in front of the plate to leave the bases loaded and keep the score tied.
The Tigers immediately answered back in the top of the 5th inning taking the lead for good. With one out, Yoho singled to left and took second base after the Royal outfielder bobbled the ball. Richardson knocked in Yoho and reached second when another Royal outfielder bobbled the ball again. Richardson would later score on a throwing error as the Royals tried to complete a double play. With the score 7-5, Alex Jamieson delivered the game winning blow driving a 3-0 pitch over the left field fence for a 2-run homerun, his 3rd homerun of the season.
The Tigers appeared to be in control with a 9-5 lead, but the Royals once again got off the mat and fought back scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Matthew Wolff came on in relief of Griffin Rhoads with the score 9-8 in favor of the Tigers, 2 outs, and runners on 2nd and 3rd. Wolff struck out the Royal batter to end the threat. Jamieson added an insurance run on an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th to make the score 10-8. Wolff struck out 2 more Royals in a perfect 7th inning for his 1st save of the season.
Waltermann (1-1) earned the win in 1.2 innings of relief. Vore started the game and pitched 3.1 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3.
Yoho finished with 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Richardson scored all 4 times he batted finishing with a double, single and 2 walks. Jamieson led the Tigers with 3 RBIs and what ended up being the game winning 2-run homerun. Wolff added 2 RBIs, and Richardson and Brenczewski had 1 RBI each.
The Game 2 victory sealed the series victory for the Tigers awarding the Tigers the Mudsock Trophy for the 2nd year in a row and for the 6th time in the last 9 years. The Tigers are now 6-5 in the annual Mudsock Series.
After all the excitement in Game 2 of the series, the Tigers and Royals had to turn around and play Game 3 in the 2nd game of the Friday night DH. The Tigers were the designated home team even though the game was played at Southeastern, because the game was originally scheduled as a home game for Fishers on Saturday.
The Royals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning off of starting pitcher Grant Richardson. The Tiger bats went quiet for a few innings at the start of the game against a tough Royal pitcher. Down 2-0, Ben Burton led off the 3rd inning with an infield hit. JJ Woolwine would follow with a bunt single, and Craig Yoho reached on an error to load the bases. Richardson was hit by a pitch to score the 1st Tiger run, and Kiel Brenczewski was walked to tie the game at 2. Matthew Wolff continued his hot hitting delivering an RBI single to right to take the lead 3-2. After an out, Daniel Owens was also hit by a pitch to score the 4th run of the inning.
Brenczewski broke the game open in the 4th with a 3-run homerun to left field, his 4th homerun of the season. The Tigers took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the 5th when Jack Roudebush connected on a 2-run double down the right field line to extend the lead to 9-2. The right fielder bobbled the ball on the play allowing Roudebush to reach 3rd base. Ben Burton plated Roudebush on an RBI groundout to make the score 10-2. Woolwine and Yoho would both follow with walks to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Brenczewski ended the game as he smoked a double down the left field line to score both Woolwine and Yoho and end the game by the run rule 12-2.
Richardson (3-0) pitched the complete game allowing 2 earned runs on 2 hits, while striking out 9, walking 4, and hitting 3.
The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday when they host the Mt. Vernon Marauders at 6pm.