Re-Max bounced back from an early deficit in this one, rallying to defeat Honesdale in a Wayne County Teener League thriller at Keith Sutton Memorial Field.
Re-Max ran its unbeaten streak to nine straight games Monday night at Keith Sutton Memorial Field.
The Renegades, who are all alone atop the Wayne County Teener League standings, used a combination of strong pitching and solid defense to defeat the Honesdale Stars by a final score of 5-4.
"Hey, it wasn't pretty, but any win is a good win and we'll take it," Coach Bill Phillips said afterward. "Every time we play the Stars, it seems like it’s always a close game. They have a good young team and they play us tough."
Re-Max is still undefeated and in first place, but the Renegades are entering the nastiest stretch of their ‘11 schedule. Coach Phillips' squad will play single games against the Eagles (Wednesday), Cyclones (Thursday) and Tusten (Friday).
In addition, a make-up doubleheader with Forest City still looms.
"Any way you look at it, the next week is going to be brutal," said Coach Phillips. "The only thing we have working a little bit in our favor is that we have quite a few kids who can pitch. Still, we're going to be tested...no doubt about it."
Up & Coming
Honesdale sprinted out to an early lead in this one, but Re-Max rebounded quickly en route to the win.
The Renegades broke the scoring ice in the top of the first, scratching out a run off Stars starting pitcher Dale Weidner.
Kyle Carney opened the game with a walk, moved up on an Alex Evanitsky single and eventually scampered home courtesy of Kevin Miller's RBI.
Re-Max starter Gus Martin ran into trouble in the bottom of the frame. He retired the first two batters he faced, but then surrendered three unearned runs.
Garrett Howell reached on an error, which opened the proverbial flood gates. Gavin Canfield, Nick Minella and Dale Weidner followed with three straight RBI hits.
After a quiet second inning, the Re-Max clawed back to within a run, then took the lead for good in consecutive at-bats.
Carney ignited both rallies. Kyle walked, stole second and scored in the third. He reached on a fielder's choice, swiped another sack and tallied again in the fifth. Kyle finished up with three runs and three steals.
In the top of the fourth, Josh Taylor and AJ Meyer each slapped a single and came around to score.
"As a team, we've been hitting the ball pretty hard, especially in the last two weeks," said Coach Phillips. "We're missing three of our starters tonight, so it was nice to see some of the younger kids step up."
Defensively, both teams turned in Gold Glove play s...much to the delight of a big Maple City crowd.
Re-Max shortstop Logan Freiermuth gunned down Honesdale's Jake Gregory at the plate for the last out of the sixth. He fired a strike to Taylor, who blocked the plate and applied the tag.
The Stars returned that favor with a perfectly executed cut-off play in the top of the seventh.
Billy Franklin tried to score a crucial insurance run, but was nailed at the dish. Nate Redick fielded the ball in left field and came up throwing. He hit shortstop Gavin Canfield, who in turn unleashed a laser beam relay to catcher Brian Reed.
Weidner, Cole Stengel and Howell each took a turn on the hill for Honesdale. Martin and Miller toed the rubber for Re-Max.
Score by Innings...
Gades (9-0) 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 - 5
Stars (5-6) 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 4