The Rangers used some solid pitching and took advantage of the opponent's miscues to win 8-6 over the Dayton Cardinals on Saturday at Carlisle high school.
Shawn Schmitt got his first start on the mound this season, not realizing the milestones within reach on the afternoon. Schmitt allowed an unearned run in the top of the first, but the Rangers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Rob Pederson homered for the second time this season. Then the Rangers took advantage of 2 walks and 2 HBPs to plate the second run. The latter free pass issued to Eric Becker resulted in his 100th career RBI.
In the third inning, Nick Gilmore singled and stole two bases and came around on Chris Ridl's two-out double. After a wild pitch, Mason Koster walked. The Rangers then pulled off a double steal to allow Ridl to scamper home. Joe Becker then laced an RBI single to score Koster to make it 5-1.
The Cardinals then scored a run in the fifth and sixth to cut the score to 5-3. The Cards then took advantage of a dropped fly ball and a throwing error on a bunt, coupled with a couple of singles to tie the game at 5-5.
However, the Rangers didn't let up. Jonmarc Lippincott led off the 7th with a walk. Lippincott then went to second on a wild pitch and then on to third on the subsequent errant throw to second. Nick Gilmore followed with a dribbler that eluded the third baseman and shortstop to score Lippincott with the go-ahead run. After stealing second and third, Gilmore was able to trot home as the throw down to the third trickled into left field.
The Cardinals then took advantage of a non-third strike call to end the inning to push one run across in the 8th to cut the Rangers lead to 7-6. In the bottom of the 8th, Kyle Moyer led off with a walk and stole second. With Moyer and third and two outs, he was able to score on an errant throw from the catcher to the pitcher.
Joe Becker, who relieved Schmitt in the 8th, allowed a couple of hits, but stranded them with a punchout to end the game.
Shawn picked up MVABL win No. 70 and recorded his 900th career strikeout, after finishing with 10Ks on the day. Joe Becker registered his franchise-best 6th save.
Offensive highlights: Rob Pederson HR; Nick Gilmore 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 SB
Historical Notes: Joe Becker is 1 win away from 50 for his career. Eric Becker reached 100 career RBIs with a bases loaded walk and is 3 RBIs shy of 100 in league play. Jonmarc Lippincott is 2 walks shy of 300 in league play. Shawn recorded his 800th career strikeout and his 70th MVABL win.