Victors never trailed after jumping to 3-0 lead
FARMINGTON — D-BAT Elite hitters kept finding a way to get on base, and the SoCal Renegades' pitching troubles helped his club "survive and advance," as D-BAT coach Brandon Gowins put it.
D-BAT clawed its way to a 6-4 Connie Mack World Series Game 9 victory today at Ricketts Park and advanced to the next round, while the losers were eliminated.
"This is a resilient bunch. We were the last team to qualify, so our backs have been against the wall for a month now. We keep persevering, playing the game the right way," Gowins said.
D-BAT Elite had a couple of nice shots down the right-field line early in the contest and got on the board first that way, going up 3-0 after the first two innings.
The Renegades closed in with a couple of runs in the bottom of the third, but SoCal hitter Kenny Oyama grounded out with the bases loaded with two outs to end the rally.
As the Renegades continued going through pitchers, calling upon six arms in all, D-BAT Elite again built a nice cushion. Dominic Tomez's two-run double to right-center made it 6-2 entering the bottom of the seventh.
SoCal had overcome a 5-1 deficit to beat the Nashville Knights 10-7 on Wednesday, but it wasn't able to replicate a rally of that magnitude today. The Renegades' Jon Schiffer crushed a two-run shot over the right-center wall to make it 6-4, but that was all the Renegades could muster.
“It was tough to go down like this after such a promising pool play run,” SoCal pitcher Noah Rennard said. “It’s frustrating because (Wednesday’s) game showed we’re a real capable team. With the home run, we started to see flashes of that.”
D-BAT Elite will resume play on Friday, when new seeds for the final five teams will be released.
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