Niles, OH- After a four-game road trip, the Scrappers would stay undefeated at home. In the first night of no crowd restrictions, the Scrappers gave their fans a show they won’t forget anytime soon. The Scrapper's offense exploded in front of the lively audience scoring 21 runs off 20 hits.
Niles, OH- After a four-game road trip, the Scrappers would stay undefeated at home. In the first night of no crowd restrictions, the Scrappers gave their fans a show they won’t forget anytime soon. The Scrapper's offense exploded in front of the lively audience scoring 21 runs off 20 hits. The 21-6 victory raises the Scrapper's record to (9-2), helping maintain first place in the MLB Draft League standings.
The Scrappers did the majority of their damage in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. The offense batted around in all three innings.
The Scrappers struck first in the bottom of the 1st when Jason Hinchman singled home Trent “Buck” Anderson getting out to an early 1-0 lead.
Coming into the 3rd tied 1-1 the Scrappers’ offense took over. Hinchman and Bobby Sparling hit back-to-back doubles driving in the first three runs of the inning. Dan Harwood would follow with an RBI single. Dustin Hewitt doubled in a run the following at-bat giving the Scrappers a total of six runs for the inning and a 7-2 lead.
The bats would keep on rolling in the 4th when the Scrappers added another five runs to their total. Anderson got things started with a single and stolen base. Jarrod Belbin then hit a triple to the left center field gap, driving in Anderson. The highlight of the night came when Hinchman hit a two-run opposite-field homer giving the Scrappers a 10-2 lead. Dan Harwood would triple home a run and then proceed to score on a fielder’s choice hit by Hewitt two pitches later giving the Scrappers a 12-run total at the end of the inning.
In the 5th things didn’t change much. The Scrappers would duplicate their 4th inning production by adding five more runs. The hit parade got going again when Sparling singled in the first two runs of the inning. Hewitt would add to his RBI total tripling home two more runs. Sam Crail with his only hit of the night singled and drove in a run stretching the Scrappers’ lead out to 16-3.
Throughout the rest of the game the offense cruised, scoring two runs in both the 6th and 7th innings. The only innings the offense didn’t score were the 2nd and the 8th.
While the entire offense showed out, Hinchman really made his presence felt going 3-5 at the plate and only a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in four and scored three runs. Hinchman was also named Baird Brothers Player of the Game. Sparling had a three-hit night as well going 3-4 with a double, two walks, four RBI, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
Deylen Miley led the way on the bump striking out seven, two of those coming when he was introduced in a bases-loaded jam in the 4th inning. While throwing 2.2 innings he only allowed one hit, one walk and one earned run.
The Scrappers will return to Eastwood Field tomorrow, June 6th at 4:05 p.m. to wrap up their two-game series against State College. Tomorrow is Every Sunday Matters, fans can donate a canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank, or a new children’s book, in exchange for a general admission ticket. Sunday is also the second night in the Scrappers “Rolling Thru the Decades” series featuring 70’s night. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.