The iCASE boys and girls teams have played five doubleheaders this week in Florida, and are collectively undefeated in the night caps with a record of three wins and two ties. Unfortunately, they are 0-5 in the first games! The boys continued the pattern on Thursday, losing 7-3 in the opener to the Oshawa Legionaires, but belting them 12-4 in the finale at the Cocoa Expo Sports Comples.
In Game 2, Riley Deline singled up the middle to lead-off the game, promptly swiped both second and third, and scored on Zach Olinski’s groundout to put iCASE into a lead that it would never relinquish.
Macguire Gordon ripped a shot down the left field line to start the second frame, and Ruben Van Dijk followed suit on a safety to right field. Nisarg Patel then smacked a single to centre, scoring Gordon to double the lead. Dylan Kints and Peyton Tisi drew bases on balls, and Van Dijk crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Deline “delined” a shot up the middle to scoring Patel and Kints.
iCASE broke the game open in the third when Gordon blue darted a triple into the left field corner that scored Mitch McKay, who had walked. Van Dijk, Patel, Jordy Tessmer, Tisi, and Deline all reached base, while increasing the Huskies lead to 10-0.
iCASE scored two more in the sixth when Patel stroked a single into the left field gap, advanced on Tessmer’s bullet to the opposite field, and Deline’s base on balls loaded the bases. Olinski drilled a two-out single to top out the iCASE scoring at an even dozen.
Gordon led the iCASE offensive attack with a perfect four-for-four day, while Deline (two singles, two walks) and Patel (two singles, one walk) also reached base every time. Olinski and Van Dijk added a pair of hits apiece.
Tisi gave iCASE its longest start from the mound of the week by pitching five innings and allowing four runs on six hits. Yea faced just seven batters over the final two innings and impressively struck out six.
In Game 1, Van Dijk allowed six of the seven runs that Oshawa put across in the first two innings, and Dylan Kints came in to have an incredible outing in relief. Other than walking his first batter faced, who wound up scoring, he allowed no runs after than on just two hits the rest of the way, giving his teammates a chance to chip away at the lead.
iCASE did make a run at catching up, scoring one in the fourth (Kints drew a walk after Cam Lynn singled and Riley Sykes and Tisi were both hit by pitches to load the bases), one in the fifth (Gordon lined a single, pilfered second, reached third on Olinski’s ground out, and scored on McKay’s ground out), and one in the sixth (Sykes drew a walk, stole second, advanced to third on Lynn’s ground out, and scored on Tisi’s sacrifice fly), but that was all they could muster.
With a two win, two losses and one tie record going into Friday, iCASE will take on the Tecumseh Thunder at Desoto Park at 9:00am in its final game action of the 2017 Spring Break trip.
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