Londsdale was the site for our DRS Game of the Week as the Aces hosted the Webster Sox Wednesday night. Both teams 0-1 to begin the season and each looking to lock up that first win.
Getting the start for the Londsdale Aces was veteran pitcher Derek Christianson who came out strong for his team, not allowing a run until the fourth inning. With the ability to mix up his speeds and hit his spots with his fastball Christianson was able keep the Webster batters guessing all night. “Just wanted to come out and throw strikes, that’s always my goal…just get the ball in there, work fast and play good defense behind me.” Said Christianson.
Countering for the Webster Sox was pitcher but after giving up two quick runs in the first, the Sox made the change and brought in Brighton Volkert to pitch the second. Volkert got through the second inning with relative ease but then started to fall apart as he walks four strait batters resulting in a couple runs coming across for the Aces and leaving the bases loaded for Kevin Kalina. “Your just going up there looking for a pitch so I just waited and waited and he left one out over the plate and I took it the other way and luckily it went over.” The Grand Slam by Kevin Kalina to push the score out to 8-0.
A different pitcher but the same results as Randall Kruse came in for relief of Volkert for the Sox and he was able to get through his first few batters before he began to melt down, walking three more batters allowing three more runs.
With an 11-0 lead heading into the seventh the Aces bring out DRS new comer Jarred Novotny for his first DRS appearance but unlike Christianson he had a hard time against the Sox batters giving up a couple hits and walking a couple batters allowing three runs in the top of the seventh.
But in the bottom of the seventh his offense picked him up and started hitting the Sox fourth pitcher, third relief, manager Mike Sandman, and pushed across three more runs with help from the Sox defense as centerfielder Zach Kunesh dropped two ruitine fly balls allow runners to reach and eventually come across the plate with a base hit by Jason Christianson. Game day manager Aaron Kes “We just tried to put the ball in play and we were effective with it tonight.”
With the Aces up by 11 the mercy rule takes effect and this one went final after seven with the final score of 14-3