Game 1 against KWL is one that we would all like to forget about. The Moonshots looked foolish at the plate, with Austin Church getting the only hit of the game, and Sawyer Mitchell looked like a buffoon on the mound as he walked 12 and gave up 18 hits. KWL cruised to a dominating 33-0 win in ISWB's first NWLA game. Welcome to the big leagues.
After getting the rust/jitters/nerves beat out of them by KWL, the Moonshots came to play in game 2 against BWAC - plating 5 runs in the first frame. BWAC responded with 9 unanswered runs in the first and second innings, pushing the lead to 9-5. After a solo HR from Brendan Dudas cut the lead to three, BWAC quickly answered with 3 more runs of their own. Heading into the top of the last inning, the Moonshots trailed 12-6. The Moonshots got 3 men aboard via walk and Austin Church delivered with a 2 RBI single. After Drake Capps drove in a run on a fielder's choice, Sawyer Mitchell sent a pitch over the left field wall with 2 on to tie the game at 12. In the bottom of the 4th, Mitchell made an incredible diving play turned double play to end the game and earn a 12-12 draw for ISWB. Key Play: Sawyer Mitchell drops a fly ball with the bases loaded and tags second instead of throwing to the pitcher's circle to force the runner out at home. Instead, the runner scores and the game ultimately ends in a tie.
Game 3 pitted the Moonshots, high off their recent tie, against the defending national champions, WSEM. Drake Capps got the nod on the mound and delivered a beautiful performance, allowing 2 runs (0 earned) in 5 innings of work. Heading to the bottom of the 5th, ISWB trailed 2-0 and seemingly had no chance against WSEM's hard-throwing lefty. However, Dudas battled for a lead off walk and Sawyer Mitchell worked a full count before blasting yet another game tying home run to left field. The clutch hit earned another draw for ISWB, 2-2. Key Play: Brendan Dudas fell rounding third, and was called out on a peg play at home that would have given the Moonshots an extra run. Sawyer Mitchell's 2 run homer would have been a walk off had the run scored.
The final game of the day matched ISWB against GBL in a must win game for the Moonshots. GBL scratched a run in the first inning and 3 more in the second inning. ISWB answered in the bottom of the second when Brendan Dudas sent a high fly ball over the center field fence for a 3 run home run, bringing the score to 4-3 in favor of GBL. The Paw Chests responded with 4 more runs in the top of third, putting ISWB in another hole heading into the final inning. Trailing 8-3, the Moonshots were prepared to make another comeback. 3 straight walks loaded the bases. After a Sawyer Mitchell strikeout, Austin Church walked to score a run, Brendan Dudas followed with an RBI fielder's choice, and Drake Capps walked to bring Mitchell up again with the score 8-5 and the bases loaded. Mitchell came through in the clutch and roped a ball off the left field wall, scoring two before the left fielder bobbled the ball over the fence, and the umpire made the tying run return to third base in a very controversial call. Austin Church came to the plate with ISWB trailing by a run, but just missed and flew out to deep left field to end the game. ISWB's comeback and Road To Ohio ended with a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat. Key Play: The controversial call that sent ISWB baserunner Drake Capps back to third on a ball out of play. Capps' run would have tied the game for the Moonshots.
Check out ISWB's stats and videos at the NWLA Regional here.
The Moonshots travelled back to Indy immediately following their loss. League play continues for ISWB this Thursday at 4 pm.
Thank you to Chris Gallaway and all of NWLA for an awesome time.