After a rough weekend where the Stallions dropped two games, they bounced back with an 10-5 victory on a cold and blustery day in Matthews.
In the first inning, the Stallions fell behind quickly giving up two unearned runs of the three runs scored due to miscues on the infield. The Raptors from Mount Holly took a 3-0 advantage going into the second inning when they added another run on a couple of hits, giving the vistors a 4-0 lead. However, in the bottom of the second, the Stallions rallied with 2 runs when Andy Duran doubled in a run and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Ritch.
In the fourth inning after two quick outs, the Stallions hit three consecutive singles, which started with Noah Richter, followed by Keven Corley, and Jacob Laplant. After Nick Kuebler hit a hard grounder under the first basemen’s glove, the Stallions tied the score at 4-4 on the error. Then Andy Duran followed with a clean single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. The Raptor catcher allowed a passed ball, giving the Stallions a 5-4 lead as the runner from third base scored easily.
In the fifth inning, the Stallions put the game away and took complete control when the Raptors pitcher started to falter when he hit 3 batters in the inning, allowed a base on balls to Nick Kuebler giving him an RBI, and Andy Duran hit a double in the right center field gap, cleaning the bases and made it to third base on a throwing error by the center fielder. He eventually scored on a wild pitch giving, the Stallions 5 more insurance runs and a commanding 10-4 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Raptors managed to rally for one run off a couple of walks by starting pitcher Noah Richter and a base hit with two outs. Richter managed to get the final out on a weak grounder to end the game.
Richter pitched a solid 7 innings, a complete game, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits, with 5 strike outs, and allowed 4 walks. Andy Duran went 3-4 and had 3 RBI’s. Richter helped himself going 2-4 during the contest.
Meanwhile, during the game, Athletic Director and Coach Dan Kerr was informed by Queens Grant Principal Dr. Smith that the board members approved to build two dugouts on the new ball field. So this was a good day for the coach, obtaining an important win and being notified of the approval for the dugout construction to begin soon at the Stallions new home stadium.