FARMINGTON — Five hours and 15 minutes after the first pitch, the Frozen Ropes survived to play another day, and the South Troy Dodgers began making plans for a trip back home to New York.
The Frozen Ropes of McKinney, Texas, defeated the South Troy Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night at Ricketts Park in Game 11 of the 2013 Connie Mack World Series. A three-hour rain delay brought the game to a screeching halt after four innings of play in a 2-2 game, but the Frozen Ropes did enough after the delay to secure a win just one night after losing a heartbreaking 2-1 game to the Midland Redskins.
"It was definitely kind of a lull for us, but once we got back to playing we were ready," said winning pitcher Anthony Herrera of the Frozen Ropes. "Back in Texas, we play in this kind of rain, so no one really cared about it. We stayed hot and focused on making sure we were on point with everything."
Herrera came on in relief of Brett Gannaway after the rain delay. He pitched a complete three innings and allowed just three hits. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk.
"I was just trying to get ground balls and do my job," Herrera said.
Herrera was familiar with the South Troy lineup after the Frozen Ropes faced the Dodgers and won during the American Qualifier earlier in the summer.
"I have watched them play and knew they had guys who know how to battled from behind. They weren't going to go down without coming and playing hard," Herrera said.
Frozen Ropes head coach Danny Florence said he expected the close game.
"We are real evenly matched. The qualifier game was real close," Florence said, adding that Dodgers head coach Kevin Rogers "does a great job coaching his kids and they always play hard."
The Frozen Ropes broke the 2-2 tie in the sixth when Cooper Coldiron reached on an error, and Herrera followed it up with a single as part of his 3-for-4 night at the plate. Coldiron came around to score the go-ahead run on a Joe Baker single, and Herrera later scored on a South Troy throwing error.
South Troy did all of its scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Justin Yurchak drove in Chris LaVorgna and Kevin Smith scored on a wild pitch.
After losing the very first game of the CMWS to the East Cobb Yankees, South Troy earned a bye and had three days off before Tuesday's game.
"I don't think the days off played into (the loss). We came out swinging the bats good, but we just didn't make plays," Rogers said. "We didn't do it the whole tournament. We have a lot of young guys, and I am proud of the team, but when you don't make plays here you don't win games."
South Troy starting pitcher Mike Pastore lasted three innings. He gave up six hits and surrendered two runs. Reliever Tyler Childrose was charged with the loss.
The Frozen Ropes scored once in the second inning on a Herrera single that plated Jesse Cox, and once again in the fourth when a Joe Baker single drove in Tyler Johnson.
The Frozen Ropes will face Strike Zone Baseball at 7:30 p.m. today in another elimination game.
"For once, the crowd will be against us," Herrera said. "It will be a big game, and we definitely have to come out and execute better than we did tonight. We have to score early on them and play our game."
Florence said he doesn't care who his team is playing; they are just happy to fight another day.
"We just want to keep playing. We don't care what time or who," he said.
The Dodgers will travel home after the disappointing 0-2 finish.
"We have been here seven times. We aren't the team that is just happy to be here. This is disappointing for us," Rogers said. "We have a good group of five returning starters back next year, and we hope we can get here again."
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