The Flamingos Schüler Get Third Win Behind Strong Pitching

The Roadrunners were guests at Flamingo Park on Saturday the 4th of June. Erik Ortiz was the starting pitcher for the Flamingos and started off with two strike outs before giving up a walk. The fourth batter grounded out to the pitcher and Noah Skibo recorded the put out at first base. Cedric Clicqué, John Luis Márquez-Ramirez, and Erik started off the bottom of the first inning drawing three walks. But they failed to capitalize as Cedric was caught stealing, and later a flyout and a strikeout ended the inning.

In the top of the second, the Roadrunners led off with a single. The baserunner stole second and the throw from John Luis was on time but the ball was not caught and rolled to the outfield as the runner scored from second. That was the only run in the inning for the Roadrunners despite two walks and a hit batter by Erik. One runner was out by rule due to an early steal and Erik struck out two batters to end the inning with two left on base. The Flamingos again failed to score in the second. Felix Otten drew a walk. The next two batters struck out. And Joel Bloch was hit by a pitch for the second game in a row. The inning ended as Cedric fouled out to the third baseman.

John Luis was on the mound to start the third inning and Jason Hosnedl relieved him behind the plate. The first batter grounded out to the pitcher. The second batter hit the ball harder and it stopped just before the cones in center field. So instead of a ground rule double, he was able to make it to third base for a stand up triple. The following batter hit a sacrifice fly to Noah which scored the runner from third. John Luis finished the inning with a strike out. The Flamingos offense then woke up. John Luis and Erik drew walks. Jason Hosnedl hit a single and the bases were loaded. A good bunt by Liam Horn nearly caught the Roadrunners off guard but they got the force out at home and Liam was on base with a fielder’s choice. Erik did catch the Roadrunners off guard on the play, however, and was nearly half way down the third base line and stole home when the catcher returned the ball to the pitcher. Felix Otten then hit a hard line drive that bounced past the cones for a two RBI ground rule double that scored Jason and Liam. After a strike out for the second out, Colin Keegan was up to bat and got on base with a walk and later stole second. Another strike out then ended the inning with the Flamingos leading 3 to 2.

The Roadrunners drew a walk in the first at bat in the top of the fourth but was later out by rule due to an early steal. John Luis struck out the next two batters to keep the momentum with the Flamingos. And now the Flamingos were ready. Cedric led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when John Luis hit a double to left field. The throw back from the outfield was wild and John Luis scored also. Erik, Liam, and Noah all drew walks and all scored on wild pitches to end the inning with the five run rule.

With time left on the clock, the Flamingos took the field for a fifth inning. Cedric was next up in the pitching rotation and started off against the 9th batter who hit a fly ball to left center field. Jason, now playing center field, made an excellent attempt to catch the ball on the run but it bounced out of his glove and the runner was safe at first. Now at the top of the lineup, Cedric struck out the next two batters before giving up a walk and the run to wild pitches. The game ended with another strike out from Cedric.

John Herbst relieved Colin in right field.

The final score was Flamingos 8, Roadrunners 3.

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