Game Stories - AA

Rattlers edge Raptors in first round, Wi (June 11)

RATTLERS EDGE RAPTORS IN FIRST ROUND, WIN 5-4 June 11, 2018 Winchester – The Dream Big Hockey Rattlers (#3) faced the Fells True Value Hardware Raptors (#6) in the opening round of the AA playoffs Monday night on Nutile Field A.

The Rattlers got on the board in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on RBIs by George Boksanski, Stephen McCabe and William Beach. The Raptors starting pitcher, Jack Allen, settled in a pitched a scoreless second inning. McCabe gave the home team 2 2/3 of no-run pitching.

The Raptors closed the gap in the top of the 3rd, getting two runs on RBI hits by Bret Daniels and Jack Collins. Michael Condron pitched well for the middle 2 1/3 innings while Daniels shut down the Rattlers in the 3rd and 4th innings. The Raptors got 2 more runs in the 5th on a 2-RBI double by Jack Allen to take a 4-3 lead going into the 6th. Raptors pitcher Luke Molloy struck out the side in the bottom of the 5th.

With the Rattlers down to their last ups, they managed to work 4 walks and tied the game, forcing extra innings but not before almost winning on a tough grounder to short with the bases loaded. The Raptors shortstop, Allen, made a smart play scooping up the ball and getting the force out at third base.

Boksanski pitched a 1-2-3 6th inning and then came back to close the door in the 7th. After walking the first batter in the bottom of the 7th, the Raptors got a clutch single by Stephen McCabe. Rattlers slugger Luc Tarabelsi delivered the walk-off hit to win the close and highly competitive game.

Links to AA game stories:   (All Leagues)

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June 11 Rattlers edge Raptors in first round, Wi
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