FARMINGTON — Both the Danville Hoots and D-BAT Elite had plenty of runners in scoring position today, but it was the former who brought them around to cross the plate en route to a 9-1 mercy-rule win in Game 2 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park.
"We're going to battle to the end. We're going to do everything we can to stay alive," Hoots coach Don Johns said.
Zack Patterson got Danville’s offense going with a two-run shot well over the centerfield wall in the bottom of the third inning. Later on, Brett Tressen drove in two runs hitting a nasty chopper that bounced high into shallow left field.
Although D-BAT’s Ty Coleman drew first blood with an RBI double, his teammates didn’t have such good fortune with runners on base.
Logan Britt grounded out to a 6-4-3 double play in the top of the first, and he later struck out swinging with runners on first and second with two outs. Logan Kohler darted for home plate in the top of the fourth inning, but was tagged out. Coach Brandon Gowins argued Kohler’s feet hit the plate safely, but to no avail.
Caeden Trenkle had a chance to bring runners home in the top of the fourth, but he flew out to center field with runners on second and third with two outs.
“There's always pressure in these situations," Gowins said. "We probably tried to do a little too much, especially when we got down 3-1. We've just got to relax and put the ball in play."
The Hoots' Matt Jew and Jared Wilson put the game away with back-to-back RBI hits in the bottom of the sixth.
"You've got to keep pressure on them, no matter who you're playing. Our offense has to keep that going," Johns said.
The Hoots will play the winner of the East Cobb Yankees and Nashville Knights at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts.
D-BAT Elite will face the the loser of the 4-C ClubSox versus the Midland Redskins on Wednesday. If the Redskins lose, the game will be at 10 a.m. If 4-C loses, the game will be at 7:30 p.m.
"This group is about as mentally tough as it gets. I would be surprised if they didn't bounce back with a sense of urgency," Gowins said.
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