Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hamilton 9 - Topsfield 9

With most of the game played in the rain, The Tories were able to mount a big comeback in the bottom of the 6th to tie the score. Just in time as the umpires then called the game.

Tim O'Leary made his ITL pitching debut for the Generals and pitched great, Justin Tilley pitched one inning for the Generals. Lendall was equally good for the Tories, Brian Greene pitched one inning in relief.

After 3 innings the Tories held a 2-0 lead behind RBI's from Hathaway and Rayner. The Generals tied the score in the 4th and took the lead in the top of the fifth as the rain began to fall steadily. The Generals recorded 6 hits in a row at one point and scored 6 runs in the inning. In the bottom of the fifth the Tories plated two more, one on an RBI single from Lendall.

The game really got interesting in the 6th, the Generals were able to add a run on an RBI from Justin Tilley making the score 9-4 Generals. The Tories stormed back in the bottom of the sixth and quickly worked the bases loaded with no outs. With the tying run on third, no outs, and the bases loaded things did not look good for the Generals, and now it was really raining hard. Justin Tilley was then able to strike out the next two batters but surrendered the tying run on a wild pitch. Now with two outs, the bases still loaded, and the winning run only 90 feet away, Tilley induced a hot shot to first where Mark Provost made a diving play. Tilley, who got a late break to first for the cover, made an unbelievable catch & dive to tag the runner, record the out, and save the game as a tie.

The two teams wished to settle the game on the field with one more inning, as they had gone that far playing in the rain, but the umpires were long gone. The two teams will meet 3 more times this season, hopefully bringing some closure to the series. Final score was 9-9.

Tom Jones and Justin Tilley each had two hits and RBI's to pace the Generals' offense. The Generals also received RBI hits from Mark Potter, and Reggie Maidment.