For a final regular season game, last Thursday night was about as successful as it could be for Coach Kevin Behr and his Peebles 2 “A” league baseball squad. Behr and his boys finished their regular season with a win on the road and moved up a spot in the post-season tournament standings by knocking off the host Manchester Greyhounds by a final score of 11-5.
Peebles jumped to a 7-0 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of 12 walks issued by Manchester pitchers and riding the combined six-hit pitching efforts of Austin Fuentes and Austin Maddy on their way to the easy win. It was a costly defeat for the Greyhounds as the loss dropped them out of a first place tie with Peebles 1 in the Southern Hills Youth League Class “A” standings.
With right hander Kaulen Cox on the hill to start the game for the home team, Peebles went to work right away in the top of the first inning, getting two runs after two were out, one on an RBI hit from Fuentes and another on a wild pitch.
After going down quietly in the bottom of the first, the host Hounds threatened in the bottom of the second, but failed to score after loading the bases on three walks. A runner picked off first and a fly ball to center fielder Brennan Sims kept the home team off the board.
In the top of the third, visiting Peebles added to their lead. Sierra Stone began the frame by drawing a walk and the next hitter, Ben Figgins, reached on an error. A long double to left center by Fuentes plated both runners and made it 4-0. Fuentes came home on yet another Manchester miscue in the field as the home team now found itself staring up at a five-run deficit.
Things went from bad to worse in the top of the fourth as Peebles added two more and drove Cox from the mound. Control problems were the downfall of the Manchester starter as he issued one-out free passes to Sims and Stone. A base hit to right by Figgins brought Sims home and Nathan Davis on in relief for Manchester. Davis walked the first batter he faced (Fuentes) and then another run came home when Jack Behr grounded into a fielder’s choice and Peebles had a commanding 7-0 advantage.
The Greyhounds finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Nick Hoskins led off the frame with a double to center and later came home on a Fuentes wild pitch, but the top of the fifth spelled disaster for the home team.
With Davis still on the mound, an error, three walks, and a pair of wild pitches resulted in two more Peebles runs and a 9-1 lead and brought lefty Rickey DeAtley on as the third Manchester pitcher of the night. Figgins greeted DeAtley with a two-run double to left and the Peebles lead had swelled to double digits at 11-1.
After a very poor performance for four and a half innings, the Greyhounds showed some signs of life, touching up Fuentes for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jase Thatcher singled to begin the inning, followed by a walk to Arturo Hernandez and a run-scoring base hit by Haden Anderson. After a walk to DeAtley, a later base hit by Davis scored Anderson and DeAtley to cut the Peebles lead to 11-4.
Manchester added one more in the sixth off reliever Austin Maddy on an RBI single by Mason Applegate, but that was it for the night. Maddy held the Hounds scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and visiting Peebles had secured a big road win, knocking off Manchester by a final 11-5 count.
Fuentes was the big man at the plate and on the mound, going 3 for 3 and driving home three runs while going five innings of four-hit baseball for the win. Ben Figgins added a pair of hits and three RBI’s for the winning side. Nick Hoskins had two of the six hits for Manchester.
The win was the final regular season contest for Peebles while the Greyhounds had to come back Saturday and face Peebles 1, needing a win to take the “A” league title. That didn’t happen as the Hounds turned in yet another lackluster performance and dropped a 15-5 decision. (Read the account of that game in the upcoming weekend edition of The People’s Defender.)
The “A” league tournament began on Monday night with West Union 2 dropping West Union 1 in extra innings and Manchester and Peebles 2 back on the field together in a game that was suspended in the fourth inning of a 6-6 tie. Stay tuned to the sports pages of The People’s Defender for more coverage of that tournament as it progresses.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.
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Peebles Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Sims 3-2-1-1, Stone 2-3-0-1, Figgins 5-1-2-3, Fuentes 3-2-3-3, Behr 4-0-0-1, Vaughn 3-0-0-0, Rawlings 1-0-0-0, Kreml 4-1-1-0, Bunn 2-0-0-0, Toller 0-1-0-0, Griffis 1-0-0-0, Maddy 1-1-0-0, Team 29-11-7-9.
Extra-Base Hits: Figgins 2B, Fuentes 2B
Manchester Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): DeAtley 2-1-0-0, Carpenter 3-0-0-0, Davis 4-0-1-1, Hoskins 3-2-2-0, Applegate 2-0-1-1, Roades 2-0-0-0, Kaulen Cox 2-0-0-0, Thatcher 3-1-1-0, Kaige Cox 1-0-0-0, A. Hernandez 0-0-0-0, D. Hernandez 1-0-0-0, Anderson 3-1-1-1, Team 26-5-6-3.
Extra Base Hits: Hoskins 2B
Winning Pitcher; Austin Fuentes
Losing Pitcher: Kaulen Cox