Danville Hoots' Tim Susnara pitches on Sunday in Game 6 of the Connie Mack World Series against Strike Zone at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)
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- Aug 9:
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- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
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- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
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- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach eliminates Carolina Vaqueros in Game 14
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots advance past South Troy Dodgers in Game 13
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 15, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Gallegos
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- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
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- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots brings a young team to the series
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood Baseball returns to series for first time since 2010
FARMINGTON — Nothing went right for Strike Zone.
That's how Adam Morrissey summed up his team's 16-2 loss to Danville on Sunday night at Ricketts Park in Game 7 of the 2014 Connie Mack World Series.
“It's just one of those days, man. Just one of those days where nothing went our way,” said the Strike Zone head coach. “We didn't perform well tonight. We put ourselves in a bad situation early. It's just one of those games where you can't say anything. It happens. It sucks to happen, but sometimes you have to wear it like that.”
Strike Zone's Austin Davis slides back to first on Sunday during Game 6 of the Connie Mack World Series against Strike Zone at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)
The night started out rough for the host team, with starting pitcher Chase Beal giving free bases to Nick Moroney and Chris Williams on walks. Then a Matt Winaker single loaded the bases for Danville, the West Regional qualifier out of California, with one out in the top of the first inning. In the next at bat, Ryan Anderson singled to drive in two runs, making it 2-0.
Danville would go on to score four more runs, making it 6-0 after the first half of the first inning.
After a quick bottom of the first, the Hoots got back to it in the second, getting runners on second and third with one out on the board.
Both runners, Winaker and Anderson, came around to score on Austin Piscotty's two RBI double to left. Piscotty would touch home two batters later on a Bradley Pluschkell bunt, making it 9-0 with one out in the top of the second.
The Hoots' dominance carried to the defensive side, particularly to pitcher Tim Susnara.
On the night, Susnara pitched a complete game, allowing just three hits while striking out 12 Strike Zone batters on a total of 94 pitches.
“It all started in the bullpen, and from there, it just took off,” said Susnara, who at one point struck out six straight batters. “We play again on Tuesday, and hopefully, we keep rolling and playing well.”
After being held scoreless in the third, Danville's bats got going again in the fourth when Pluschkell, who finished the night 3-4, doubled to the corner in left field. The double sparked the Hoots' offense, which went on to add a total of six runs in the inning, making it 15-0 in the middle of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Strike Zone broke up Susnara's no-hit bid with a single from Connor Calvert and got on the board when Matt Martin doubled, scoring Austin Davis from second.
Calvert went on to score from third on a dropped third strike that reached the backstop, making it 15-2 at the end of four innings.
Danville added another in the top of the fifth, stretching the lead to 16-2.
The loss ends Strike Zone's season. The win — the first for Danville manager Don Johns in three CMWS appearances — moves the Hoots on to play the loser of Frozen Ropes and Midland, who play tonight at 5:15. Danville will face the loser of the game at noon on Tuesday.
After the win, Johns, who is retiring from coaching after this series, said it was a relief to get the long sought-after victory.
“Finally. Off my back,” Johns said, motioning as if a weight had been lifted off his back. “When you coach as long as I've had, and you know you've been successful and run a successful program and have a lot of victories, but you come here and can't win, sometimes you start to think, ‘I'm not very good at this.' But we've had some success, and I'm really happy and really proud of our guys.”
Karl Schneider covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him karltschneider on Twitter.