Redskins to face Danville in CMWS championship game

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FARMINGTON — It wasn't pretty, but it was plenty good enough for the Midland Redskins.

Midland moved into the championship of the Connie Mack World Series with a 15-10 win over the East Cobb Yankees tonight at Ricketts Park.

The 10 runs the Redskins gave up were more than the team had allowed in any other game of the tourney.

"Part of the problem, in this particular game, was that East Cobb is a very good-hitting team. They just hit the heck out of the baseball. They battle and fight, and they're a great program," Midland coach Dave Evans said.

To go with the 25 combined runs, the two sides combined for 24 hits and 10 errors, eight of which were charged to the Yankees.

East Cobb had a great start to the night. Leadoff hitter Ryan Bliss took the first pitch of the game over the right-field wall for a solo home run. The Yankees added two more runs on a Jason Avers double to take a 3-0 after the top of the first.

But East Cobb fell apart for a couple innings after that. The Yankees committed three errors in the bottom of the first and three more in the second to help Midland to a 9-3 lead after two.

"(The Yankees) got themselves in trouble by not playing good defense. When you make eight errors, that's hard to overcome, but they near did it," Evans said.

East Cobb chipped away at the deficit, getting one run in the third and two in the fifth to make it a 9-6 game.

Midland pushed the lead to five runs with a two-out, two-RBI single from Casey Opitz, making it 11-6.

East Cobb cut it to a one-run game in the top of the fifth with a four-run inning. But the close game didn't last long as Midland tacked on three runs in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 14-10.

Midland added one run in the sixth.

Bliss led East Cobb with three RBIs.

Opitz and Casey Martin recorded two RBIs each for Midland.

Midland will play the Danville Hoots in the championship. The Hoots need to beat Midland twice to win the title while Midland needs just one win to be crowned.

The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ricketts Park.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.

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