Redskins' lineup catching fire at ideal time

Matt Hollinshead,

FARMINGTON – The Midland Redskins’ bats are finally catching fire at the Connie Mack World Series, renewing the team’s hopes of potentially repeating as tournament champions.

Since entering the elimination-game side of the bracket on Tuesday, Midland is averaging 10.7 runs scored per game.

“That’s what we always strive for the whole season. It’s a good time to catch fire,” right fielder Tanner O’Tremba said of those larger scoring outbursts. “We’ve been trying to extend innings as much as we can.”

With their backs against the wall these last three days, often trailing or engaged in close battles in later innings, Midland is not holding back.

The Redskins are making solid contact in certain spots in the zone and coming through with clutch base hits through the gaps.

“It gives you faith when you’re in a tight spot, (and) your boys can do something,” shortstop Cal Conley said. “Our hitters are starting to get more aggressive. They figured out the ball flies out here a little bit better.”

Following Monday’s loss to Lamorinda, left fielder Lane Flamm said Midland couldn’t afford to underestimate opponents.

“We’re still a little upset about that (loss). Our backs are against the wall, and we have to win,” said Flamm, who hit a two-run walk-off home run today against the Dallas Tigers. “I think everybody’s stepped up their game quite a bit. Everybody’s energy is way up.”

Midland Redskins Grant Vera races for home to score a run against the Dallas Tigers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 during Game 13 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park in Farmington.

On the brink of elimination on three separate occasions, Midland remains in the hunt for back-to-back CMWS titles.

“We’ve got to live up to that. We were in last year’s team’s shadow the whole year,” Conley said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached a 505-564-4577.