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Mallards prevail in a game dominated by pitching and defense

By DC WOOD, 06/29/19, 12:15PM EDT


On Friday at Langley HS, the Mallards and Bullets combined to play one of the fastest 9 inning games (just under 2 hours, 30 minutes) all season as dominant pitching and error-free defense on both sides shut down these two offenses.

With the season series tied at 2-2 series and the score locked at 0-0 into the 9th inning, it looked like these teams might be headed to extra innings to resolve the tie. Finally in the 9th inning, as the Bullets' starter Stenavich started to tire, the Mallards mounted a rally which began with a leadoff double by their pitcher Brady Adam. Later in the inning, they worked back-to-back bases-loaded walks to break a 0-0 tie. In the bottom of the 9th chasing two runs, the Bullets threatened when the first two batters reached base. As the winning Bullets run came to the plate, Adam, who yielded only 3 hits and struck out 15 through 8+ innings, was relieved by G. Gill who then retired the side.  Though he was credited with the loss, the Bullets' ace Stenavich pitched a gem by striking out 9 and only giving up 5 hits.