FARMINGTON — As hot as the Midland Redskins' bats were in Round 1, they went just as cold in Round 2.
Despite the hitting woes, Midland knocked off the Frozen Ropes 2-1 on Monday at Ricketts Park.
The Redskins dropped 17 runs on the Texas Stix in their Connie Mack World Series opener, but managed just two hits against Frozen Ropes.
"If you win 17-1 or 2-1, it doesn't matter at this point," said Midland assistant coach Dave Evans.
Those two turned out to be enough though as the Midland pitching staff worked out of jams all game.
"T.J. (Zeuch) was outstanding, but ran out of gas there at the end," Evans said. "We were very lucky that we only gave up one run."
The Frozen Ropes had plenty of opportunities to put runs on the board, but were unable to come up with the critical hit, stranding a runner at third base in five of the seven innings.
"It's just a good team there. They beat us and it is what it is," said Frozen Ropes head coach Danny Florence.
After squandering chances all game, the Frozen Ropes were able to load the bases on a single and two walks with two out, but Midland reliever Zach Cook struck out Frozen Ropes right fielder Hunter Seales who swung on a high fastball.
"It's the most pressure I've ever been through in my entire life," Cook said. "I felt I was getting squeezed there a little bit at the end, but that's part of the game and you have to work through it. That full count in the seventh with two out, that's what you dream about in the back yard. It was cool."
The Frozen Ropes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by Jesse Cox to score Joe Baker.
The Redskins responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
With runners on first and second, Chuckie Robinson ripped a double to Manny Rodriguez tying the score.
"Chuckie had that big hit. That double to right-center field got us going, then they made a mistake," Evans said.
That mistake gave Midland the lead as Jarett Rindfleisch scored from third when Frozen Ropes starter Landon Wilson's pick-off attempt of Robinson sailed into center field.
Midland wouldn't get another hit for the remainder of the game as the Frozen Ropes pitchers shut down the powerful Midland lineup.
Even with a strong effort on the mound, including three and a third no-hit innings from reliever Keenan Wingfield, the Ropes couldn't mount the comeback.
One of their best chances to tie the game came in the sixth with a runner on third and one out.
The Frozen Ropes appeared to have a squeeze play, when Seales bunted right back to the Redskin reliever Chris Mourelle, who threw out Anthony Herrera at home. It turned out to be a missed sign on Seales part.
"The squeeze wasn't on," Florence said. "He was supposed to swing away."
Zeuch earned the win after throwing five innings while allowing one run on five hits.
Wilson took the loss for the Frozen Ropes after allowing two runs in two and two-thirds innings.
Both teams will be in action again today.
The Frozen Ropes face elimination against the South Troy Dodgers. Then the Redskins will get a chance at redemption against the Southern California Renegades, who defeated Midland for the 2012 CMWS title.
"They are a great baseball team, and we have a lot of respect for them. They kicked our butts last year," Evans said. "We owe them a little something, but they are well coached and play great baseball out in California."