The Redfield Pheasants hosted the Northville Merchants for a doubleheader Sunday evening. The Pheasants lacked enthusiasm and effort in the first game and were defeated 10 to 7. Northville jumped on the Pheasants early scoring 3 runs in the first inning and added 3 in the third along with 1 in the fourth and their final 3 runs in the fifth inning. The Pheasants attempted to get back in the game each inning, but could never collect the big hit to get them going. The Pheasants stranded 13 base runners in the 7 inning game. Coach Millar was frustrated with the number of strike outs with runners in scoring position. Numerous times we could have had more runs simply by putting the ball in play. Eric Felderman, Drew Dickhaut, and Jared Kuehn all collected multiple hits in the game. Christian Christianson was tagged with the loss, as he lasted 4 innings before handing the ball over to Keith Jandel to finish. The Merchants were lead at the plate by Alex Bauer, Kyle Nemec, Clayton Nutling, and AJ Overby.
The second game turned into a pitching duel between Elliot Millar and Mitch Reed. The Merchants were only able to collect 4 hits, while the Pheasants were only able to collect 5. The Pheasants got 2 runs in the third inning, but Northville tied it up with 2 runs in the fifth. The Pheasants pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh to claim the 3 to 2 victory and salvage a split in the double header. Coach Millar was pleased with the effort in the second game. “Elliot did a nice job throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count and the defense stepped up and made a number of impressive plays.”
The Pheasants host Britton on the 15th for a 6:30 double header. For the complete article see the 07-10-2013 issue.
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