6/6/2021

Games   8, 9

The 5-game win streak came to a crashing halt after being swept by the Wild Boars on Sunday at Fairmont high school. A tale of two stories as the Rangers let one get away in game one, and left the winning runs stranded at the end of game two.

The Rangers drew first blood in the top of the second as Kyle Moyer led off with a double and scored on Michael Seebock's bases-loaded walk. However, the Rangers left the bases loaded as Boars' starter Sid Srinivasan K'd his third batter through two frames. Ryan Qvick got his second start of the season, posting a career-high 3 innings of work. Ryan allowed 3 hits and 1 run with 1 punchout. 

Ben Schooler's RBI groundout in the third plated Nick Gilmore with the go-ahead run to give the Rangers a 2-1 advantage.

The pitchers' duel continue as rookie Noah Schleinitz made his MVABL debut in relief of Qvick in the 4th inning, promptly striking out 2 of the first 3 batters he faced. In the 5th, Noah issued a leadoff walk, followed by a single, but struck out the next 3 batters. However, the last strikeout was a little too much for the catcher to handle as the runner was able to reach base. Subsequent passed balls allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to come across the plate. And the final Boars' tally came on Matt Seibert's RBI single to give the Boars a 4-2 lead. 

The Rangers attempted a comeback in the top of the sixth as Gilmore led off with a walk. After a throwing error moved Gilmore up, Ben Schooler singled and Kyle Moyer hit a sac fly to score Nick to make the deficit 4-3. Schleinitz set down the Boars in order in the 6th. Boars' reliever Matt Yates did the same to the Rangers in the 7th securing the victory for the Wild Boars in game one.

Game two didn't start off too well for the Rangers as the Boars' offense rapped 6 singles and 4 runs off starter Kenny Owens in the first two innings. Joe Becker didn't have much luck either in the third as the Boars compiled 3 more runs on 5 hits. Centerfielder Kyle Moyer picked up his 3rd assist of the season throwing out a runner at the plate to end the scoring.

Down 7-0, the Rangers had to piece a run, here-and-there, to get back in the game. In the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers got its first run as Markus Neff doubled and later scored on a passed ball. In the fifth, Nick Gilmore had a run-scoring single, and Rob Pederson followed with a 2-run double to cut into the Boars' lead at 7-4. Dominic Kuzujanakis doubled to kick off the bottom of the 6th and scored later on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 2 runs.

The Boars got a crucial insurance run in the top of the 7th to make it a 3-run ballgame again. In the bottom of the 7th, the Rangers forged its comeback attempt. After a flyout to start the inning, Michael Seebock singled off reliever Brian Miracle, and Gilmore walked. Pederson then hit a hard groundball that trickled off the first baseman and appeared to beat the ricocheted throw to first, but alas, the umpire saw it differently resulting in the second out of the inning. Ben Schooler was then hit by the pitch to load the bases for clean-up hitter Markus Neff. Not wanting any part of Neff, Miracle threw 4 balls nowhere near the strike zone looking for Neff to bite. But Neff took the unintentional walk to score Seebock to make it 8-6. With the bases still loaded, Boars coach Joe Cantrell turned the ball over to closer Nick Stacy who got Kujo swinging on 3 straight fast balls to K the slugger and end the game.

Wild Boars 4,
Rangers 3,
game 1

Wild Boars 8,
Rangers 6,
game 2

Offensive highlights: Nick Gilmore 1-for-3, 3 runs, RBI, 2BB, 2 HBP; Rob Pederson double, 2RBI, SB; Kyle Moyer 2B, RBI, sac; Michael Seebock 1-for-2, 2 runs, RBI; Kujo double; Markus Neff double RBI.

Historical Notes: The Rangers need 7 more hits to reach 8000 franchise hits. Ben Schooler needs 1 more hit to reach 200 MVABL hits. Nick Gilmore needs 1 stolen base to reach 100 career as a Ranger.