As Coach Lippincott missed just his third game in 20 seasons, he handed the reins over to assistant coach Joe Becker to lead the Rangers into a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Wright Knights at Howell Field. The Rangers came away with a 12-7 victory to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Ryan Meinert made his third start of the season and helped a depleted lineup by recording his first complete game as a member of the Rangers. Meinert allowed four earned runs and struck out six for his first win this year.
The Rangers scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Gilmore led off with a single, and after stealing second, scored on a fielding miscue off the bat of Eric Becker. Eric would later score on a sac fly from Rob Armour, and Joe Becker would cross homeplate later on wild pitch to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The Knights would get a run back on an RBI single from Cheston Green in the top of the third.
However, the Rangers would bust open the scoring in the bottom half of the inning, sending 11 men to the plate and taking a 9-1 lead. Kody Barth led the inning off with a triple and added an RBI single later in the frame. Robert Riley, Eric Becker, Rob Armour, and Ryan Meinert each supplied RBIs in the inning.
The Knights made some noise in the fourth, cutting in to the lead and making it a 9-5 game. The Rangers' offense took a nap for a few innings before Armour's career-best 3rd RBI made it 10-5 after seven innings.
Barth doubled to start the 8th, falling a HR shy of the cycle, and scored on Robert Riley's triple. Gilmore added a sac fly to give the Rangers an 12-5 advantage. The Knights tallied a pair of runs in the final inning to produce the final score of 12-7.
Offensive highlights: Brandon Riley 3-5; Kody Barth 3-5, double, triple; Robert Riley 2RBI; Nick Gilmore 1-3, 3R, SB; Rob Armour 1-3, 3RBI
Historical Notes: Jonmarc is 1 RBI away from 400 MVABL RBIs. Joe Becker moved into sole possesion of 2nd place on the Rangers' all-time wins list.