Owls Knock Off Rust in First Blue-Gray Scrimmage
Chad Lembeck wasted nno time in the first inning when he stepped in as the second batter for the “Blue Team” as he launched a pitch well over the left-field wall. But the Gray Team wasn’t going to be outdone. Danny Lehmann started the second inning with a double to center. He moved to third on a groundout, and scored when Adam Zornes stroked a sacrifice fly to right.
The assault continued against the Blue Team in the next inning when Bobby Bramhall walked and moved to third on a Chase Taylor single to right. Rodriguez plated the first of the two runs with an RBI single to center. The score was now 3-1, in favor of the Grays.
The Blues added a run of their own the next inning when Bobby Friday launched a homer to left-centerfield. But that was the end of the scoring in the fourth for the Blues, and the score was 3-2.
The Grays added a run in the fifth inning, when, with one out, Josh Rodriguez walked, stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch. After Luna struck out, Lehmann walked. He took off for second, and got caught in a run-down. Lehmann went back and forth, and kept the run-down going long enough for Rodriguez to score before being tagged for the third out, extending the Gray’s lead to 4-2.
In the sixth, Lembeck reached on a bunt, and after Friday flied out to right, Dodson doubled to center, scoring both runners. The game was tied up 4-4.
Unfortunately for Bryan Price and the Blues, it wouldn’t stay that way. Buchanan walked and stole second. Rodriguez struck, but Luna walked. Lehmann singled in Buchanan, and both Luna and Lehmann advanced on a wild pitch. Ford singled in both runners, but was thrown out trying to take an extra base, making the score 8-4. Sperring closed down the Blues in the last half of the inning to close it out.