Midland Redskins's Brad Kirschner delivers a pitch against the Frozen Ropes on Monday during Game 8 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
- Aug 12:
- Winning the CMWS: D-BAT Gallegos manager credits his mentor for teaching him about baseball, life
- Aug 9:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos, Midland dominate Connie Mack World Series awards
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos sweeps Midland Redskins to win series title
- Aug 8:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 19, D-BAT Gallegos vs. Midland Redskins
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 7
- Aug 7:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos' seventh-inning rally knocks out Danville in Game 16
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins hammer D-BAT Gallegos 10-3 in Game 15
- Aug 6:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 6
- 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
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos remains unbeaten, topping D-BAT Leach 4-3 in Game 12
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros walk off Bill Hood in Game 11
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 5
- Aug 5:
- CMWS 2014: South Troy stays alive, beating Frozen Ropes 2-1 in Game 10
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 12, D-BAT Gallegos vs. D-BAT Leach
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- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 4
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 9, D-BAT Leach vs. Bill Hood Baseball
- CMWS 2014: Season ends for Strike Zone after 16-2 loss to Danville Hoots
- Aug 3:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 3
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers eliminate Detroit Metro Stars from series after 5-1 victory in Game 7
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood's Zach Clark claims Home Run Derby title
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 6, Strike Zone vs. Danville Hoots
- Aug 2:
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood blanks Detroit Metro Stars 3-0 in Game 5
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach blasts South Troy in five innings in Game 4
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos beats Danville Hoots 7-5 in Game 3
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 5, Bill Hood Baseball vs. Detroit Metro Stars
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 1
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins walk off in extra innings against Farmington's Strike Zone
- Aug 1:
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- CMWS 2014: New mascot, Hall of Fame inductees are among highlights of opening ceremony
- Connie Mack World Series Parade introduces 10 teams to Farmington
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 2, Midland Redskins vs. Strike Zone
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- CMWS 2014: Strike Zone will make its fifth consecutive series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros hopes for first title since 1994
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach makes second straight series appearance
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers make back-to-back series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Detroit Metro Stars make their first tournament appearance
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos brings talented group to the series
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins look for their 14th championship
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes looks to make a deeper run
- 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 — Momentum can change a game in a few pitches.
That was the case Monday in Game 8 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park when the Midland Redskins put together a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning, taking the lead from the Frozen Ropes and going on to win 6-3.
After striking out the first five batters he faced, Frozen Ropes pitcher Remey Reed had Midland's Zach Shannon down in the count 0-2 in the bottom of the second before throwing four straight balls to put Shannon aboard. The walk sparked the Redskins, who put up four runs in the inning, including a bases-loaded triple from center fielder DJ Wilson.
Midland Redskins' Brandon Montgomery completes a play to first base, assisted by teammate Trey Miller, on Monday during Game 8 of the Connie Mack World Series against the Frozen Ropes at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
"We got a big hit out of (Jeren) Kendall, but the big hit in that inning was by our nine-hole hitter, Trey Miller, getting that line drive to center field," said Midland coach Dave Evans. "And then of course DJ getting a triple in the gap. That's the play of the game."
The four Redskins runs were especially important because the Frozen Ropes had put up three runs in the top of the inning, starting with designated hitter Harrison Hull being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Hull came around to score from first in the next at bat on a Jason Reitmeier double. Reitmeier would also score for the Ropes on a wild pitch, and Brady Manning would touch home on an RBI double from Montana Sadler. The offensive spark from the Ropes forced Evans to go to his bullpen early, bringing in Brad Kirschner for starter Rodney Hutchison.
"Brad was outstanding. We put him in a tough situation, but he got a big out there in the second inning and got us out without any further damage," Evans said of Kirschner. "And then he cruised the rest of the game. He used all three of his pitches, was very crafty and just did a great job for us."
Kirschner held Texas' Frozen Ropes scoreless the rest of the game, allowing four hits and striking out seven in 5.1 innings.
"I felt great," Kirschner said after the game. "I kept them at three runs, and I knew that my offense had enough to come around, so I didn't panic or anything like that — just hitting the glove and knowing my defense was behind me. It's a big adrenaline boost, especially when you see your team wanting to fight behind you. This team never gives up, as you can tell the first game. We just keep fighting, and that's why I knew it wasn't over."
In Midland's first game on Friday, it took extra innings for the club out of Cincinnati to get past host Strike Zone 3-2.
On Monday, the Redskins defense helped Kirschner out in the fourth, making plays for the second and third outs of the inning after back-to-back singles from Reitmeier and Brady Usherwood put two on with one out for the Ropes.
"When the lefty came in, he did a number on us there for awhile," Frozen Ropes manager Danny Florence said of Kirschner. "We strung two or three hits together but just couldn't get anything going to get that next run in."
The Redskins added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, stretching the lead to 6-3.
"It makes it a lot easier on you in the seventh inning when you have that three-run cushion," Evans said.
With the win, Midland earns a bye into round four, where the team will play the winner of tonight's D-BAT Gallegos and D-BAT Leach.
The loss sends Frozen Ropes to a loser-out game against South Troy at noon today.