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Garfield G-Men pull away to earn 16-6 win over Ravenna

By ERIC CLUTTER Correspondent Published: July 9, 2017 4:00 AM

After one inning of play Saturday morning at Butler Rodman Park in Alliance, it appeared the F League tilt between the Garfield Memorial Animal Hospital G-Men and the Ravenna Pythons would be a slugfest.

Garfield jumped ahead in this opening-round Hot Stove Tournament contest with a three-run first inning only to see the Pythons fight back with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame that was highlighted by Hunter Long's bases-clearing triple that evened the count and his steal of home that gave Ravenna a 4-3 edge through one frame.

However, it was all G-Men from that point forward. Starting pitcher Ryan Stoller clubbed a team-high five hits, including a pair of triples, and drove in pair to lead Garfield to a 16-6 victory.

The G-Men will return to Butler Rodman today for an 11:30 a.m. game against the Canton Pirates.

Garfield banged out 19 hits off Ravenna pitching, most of the hits either finding the alleys or shot straight up through the box into centerfield.

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After a quiet second inning, the G-Men went to work in the top of the third and plated four runs to take the lead for good at 7-4.

Anthony Demma started the uprising with a first-pitch double off Long. Lenny Vecchia then dropped a run-scoring double just inside the right-field foul line to level the score. Jesse Grace followed with an RBI hit to right to give the G-Men their second lead of contest.

After Long picked off Grace at third for the frame's first out, the Ravenna hurler hit the next two batters to put traffic back on the bases. Stoller capitalized on the opportunity by filling the left-center gap with a triple that drove home to more runs to make it 7-4.

One inning later, Garfield turned the game into a rout with a nine-run rally that was highlighted by Grace's two-run single. The G-Men sent 13 hitters to the plate, nine of whom collected hits in the flurry.

Ravenna attempted to extend the game to a full seven innings by tallying a pair of runs in the last of the of the fourth, but could not get the deficit into single digits and the game was called after five innings.

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Demma and Vecchia each finished with four-hit, two-RBI performances. Grace had three hits and four runs batted in, and Brody Swigonski collected two run-scoring singles.

Stoller and Swigonski each pitched two innings and Vecchia finished up in the fifth. The trio combined for 12 strikeouts, including eight straight batters at one point in the game. They also allowed just three hits but did issue six walks.

Besides Hunter's first-inning triple, Drayden Winning and Joe Wallis were the only other two Ravenna hitters to produce hits. Winning and Wallis were among six different Pythons to reach base via the free pass.

G LEAGUE

CHAMPION CUBS 23,

WINDHAM HIDEAWAY BILLIARDS & GRILL 1

During the regular season, the Cubs easily defeated Windham on two occasions. Saturday, the third time was definitely not the charm for Hideaway in a bizarre game that featured only three hits between the two teams.

The first six Champion hitters reached base, and things quickly went down hill for Windham. When it was all over, the Cubs scored seven times on only one hit --- Micah Nolan's double that plated the final run of the rally. Lucas Campbell added a sacrifice fly, but all the other damage was done via eight walks, eight stolen bases and six wild pitches.

It got worse in the second inning as Champion scored 12 runs on only one hit --- Tanner Quimby's two-run double to right-centerfield that expanded the Cubs' lead to 10-0. Like the first inning, Champion (14-2) used an array of walks, steals and Windham wild pitches to keep the merry-go-round on the bases moving constantly.

Windham, which finished its season at 6-11, did manage to get on the scoreboard with its lone tally in the second frame. M'Kell Williams led off with a walk, then stole second and third and raced home on a wild pitch.

Windham went hitless for the four-inning game but did draw three walks on the afternoon. The game was called after two hours with the deficit being above the 10-run threshold.


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