The Braves and Pirates gave local youth hardball fans their money's worth Thursday night at Joe Cobb Memorial Field. The two teams combined to blast four homers in this HLBA Senior Division consolation game...one that ended in an 8-3 Dirlam Brothers victory.
Rusty Palmer’s turned on the jets late in the HLBA season, surging into fourth place in the standings and eventually earning a berth in the Senior Division’s consolation game.
Dirlam Brothers battled all season long with Wayne Bank and Elegante for the top spot before coming up just a bit short in the semifinals.
The Pirates and Braves met Thursday evening at Joe Cobb Memorial Field to decide which team would claim third place for the ‘09 campaign.
In a game that featured an explosion of homeruns, Dirlam Brothers eventually rolled to a surprisingly easy 8-3 win.
“I’m a little bit disappointed that we didn’t make it into the championship game, but this was definitely a good win,”?Manager Andy Box told TWI Sports. “It’s a great way to end the year.”
Rusty Palmer batters stunned Dirlam Brothers starting pitcher Noah Box by blasting a pair of homers in the bottom of the first inning.
Nate Redick strode to the dish with one down and smoked a bullet down the leftfield line. The ball never got more than 10 feet off the ground and just cleared the fence inside the foul pole.
Moments later, Logan Pingel made it two in a row.
The Pirates’ clean-up hitter found a Box pitch to his liking and unloaded on it. This one took wing and soared high over the wall in left center. Noah shook off the effects of this mini-barrage and escaped further damage in the frame.
The Braves struck back in the top of the third, generating some serious power of their own in seizing the lead.
Spencer Goyette hammered his first homer of the year with one out and the bases empty. This solo blast cleared the right centerfield wall with plenty of room to spare, cutting the Rusty Palmer lead to 2-1.
Dakota Kronyak re-ignited the Dirlam Brothers rally with a single. He scored two pitches later when Brian Reed roped an RBI double.
Bradley Welsh added an RBI?single to close out a three-run Braves uprising.
Rusty Palmer’s tied things up in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a run-scoring single off the bat of Alex Meyer. This base knock plated Garth Labar, who’d opened the inning with a double.
Dirlam Brothers took control of the game for good in the top of the fourth.
Clay Hewlett led off with a walk, then moved up when Scott Bayly singled. Both trotted home when Noah Box uncorked his first homer of the year, a three run shot to left center.
Box led the Braves offensively on this day, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Goyette, Bayly, Kronyak and Reed chipped in with two basehits each. Gus Martin contributed to the cause with an RBI?double in the third.
Score by Innings...
Braves 0 3 2 3 x x - 8
Pirates 2 0 1 0 x x - 3