Monday night proved an exciting baseball match-up between the Huron River Rats and crosstown river Pioneer. In baseball, there are low-scoring games and high-scoring games and the River Rats proved they can win both ways against a very good Pioneer team.
In game one, the teams locked in a scoreless battle until the sixth inning when Huron’s Scotty White (2B) scored the game’s only run on an RBI-single to right-center from Ben Chosid (SS).
After the 1-0 win, the Rats came out swinging in game two. They scored two runs early in the second on a single by Steel Hurley (CF). Pioneer looked poised to score in the bottom of the inning, with bases loaded after three walks, but a double-play got Huron out of trouble.
The Pioneers did get a run in the third with an overthrow on a steal attempt, but the hard-hitting River Rats came right back and put up a five-spot in the fourth.
Pitcher Hayden Glover led off with a hard shot to third that resulted in an error, getting him to first base. He scored on a double by Matt Wyderko, who was then driven in by Fred Ezenyilimba.
Hurley then came up big with a sensational suicide-squeeze bunt, scoring Ezenyilimba and electrifying the crowd. White singled to score Hurley and then Chosid knocked in White for another run for the River Rats.
Pioneer’s Wyatt Raymond scorched a double in the bottom of the fourth to answer back with two, but it was not enough.
In the final inning, the Rats piled on three insurance runs with a two-run single by Ezenyilimba, who then scored on an overthrow.
Huron went on to an impressive 10-4 win over the Pioneers.
The Huron offense combined for 13 hits, looking aggressive in the batter’s box and working deep into counts. Pioneer totaled six hits and their pitching staff combined for six-strikeouts.