Rangers 16, Thunder 2,
The Dayton Rangers put together a few crooked numbers in toppling the Miami Valley Thunder, 16-2 in 7 innings on Sunday, April 26 at Kettering Fields.
The Rangers took advantage of 12 free passes, 7 of which coming in a six-run third inning. They added a couple of late triples accounting for three runs in the sixth inning, and then put a four-spot on the board in their final at-bat with the help of a two-run home run and a two-run triple.
Thunder starter Evan Koogler overmatched the Rangers during the first two-plus frames not allowing a hit, but the Rangers took advantage of six walks, two HBPs, and a few passed balls to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Jonmarc Lippincott got the first hit with a bases-loaded two-run single in the top of the third to give the Rangers a 7-0 advantage. The Thunder got a run back in the fourth on an RBI single from Chase Coy.
In the fifth inning, Nick Gilmore doubled and scored on Brandon Riley’s single – pushing Brandon’s hit streak to 22 games.
The sixth started with singles from Brennen Glass and Robert Riley. Todd Peck wrapped a two-run triple to deep right-center. Steve Marshall followed with a triple to the left-center field gap. Gilmore singled home Marshall to give the Rangers a 12-1 lead.
The Rangers added four more runs in the seventh on a two-run opposite field home run from Glass and a two-run triple from Gilmore. The Thunder added another run in the seventh to round out the scoring.
Joe Becker scattered 8 hits in the complete game victory. Becker walked none and struck out six.
Offensive highlights: Brandon Riley 2-4 RBI; Brennen Glass 2-3 HR, 3R, 2RBI; Robert Riley 1-2 4R, 3BB, 2SB; Todd Peck 1-4 triple 3R, 2RBI; Steve Marshall 1-3 triple 2RBI; Nick Gilmore 3-4 double, triple 3RBI.
Historical Notes: Brandon Riley extended his career-best hit streak to 22 games. The Rangers move to 20-3 all-time against the Thunder.