FARMINGTON – The Midland Redskins were off to the races and coasted their way into the final five.
They darted around the bases easily, overwhelming the Florida Legends 13-0 in tonight’s CMWS Game 11, mercy-rule victory at Ricketts Park. The Redskins were given a semifinal-round bye via random drawing.
"It's the way we have to play. We've got a lot of team speed," Redskins coach Dave Evans said. "People were in scoring position, and we got some big hits."
Seconds after Midland hitters made contact at the plate, they were on base. And they rarely found themselves stranded there, as their teammates came up with timely hits or Florida defenders made errant throws.
"The start of the game, just right away. One (hit) down the line, we threw it away, and no one covered third. We haven't done that all summer. This is the worst game by far we've played all summer," said Legends coach Carlos Marti.
The Redskins kept moving and didn’t let up, to the point that they sometimes were tagged out trying to turn singles into doubles.
"We made a few mistakes on the bases, but they were aggressive. I'll never get on the kids for being aggressive," Evans said.
On the other end, the Legend bats did next to nothing against Midland fireballer Tyler Brown. He tossed four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out six.
Andres Sanchez’s single to left field in the bottom of the third and Addison Barger reaching first on a fielding error was all Florida mustered.
Despite taking a beating tonight, the Legends will accompany the Redskins, the Danville Hoots, D-BAT Elite and the two-time defending champion East Cobb Yankees into Friday's semifinal round of the CMWS bracket.
The Yankees will face D-BAT at 5:15 p.m. Friday, while the Legends will face the undefeated Hoots at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Florida is in the final five because it split its only two tournament games entering Friday.
"We're here to win this. Anything short of it is a disappointment for us. We're not happy being top five, top four, top three. We want to be the champs," Marti said.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.