Games 16, 17
The Rangers looked to rebound from the previous weekend's DH loss by entertaining the Wright Knights for a twinbill at Carlisle HS. The Rangers won both contests 10-6 and 9-3.
In game 1, the Rangers jumped out quickly in the top of the 1st. Ben Schooler had an RBI double, and then Markus Neff followed with a 2-run home run. After a walk to Cal Walters and a wild pitch and throwing error, Jonmarc Lippincott had an RBI single to make it 4-0.
Brandon Saylor started on the mound and got into trouble quickly allowing 5 runs to score in the bottom of the first. But he settled down, striking out 3 in the next two innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers added a run in the second to tie the game on Neff's RBI single.
The score remained 5-5 through 4 innings. In the top of the 5th, Neff, Walters, and Chris Ridl singled in succession. Dominic Kuzujanakis hit a sac fly to make it 6-5. Ridl stole second allowing Walters to steal home and make it 7-5. Cooper Nolte then doubled home Ridl for a 3-run lead. The Knights would add a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-6.
Neff and Walters hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the 7th for some added insurance runs.
Joe Becker, who relieved Saylor, tossed 3 innings for the win. Eric Becker made his 2020 pitching debut with a hitless, scoreless 7 inning.
In game 2, Hunter Kraynak made his first Rangers start on the mound. Despite allowing a run to score on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning, Kraynak would not allow another run through his 4 innings of work in picking up his first win of the season.
The Rangers scored all of their runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd, Chris Jones had a 2-run triple and Eric Becker had an RBI single in a 4-run frame. In the 3rd, Cal Walters had an RBI double. Nolte drove in a run on a groundout. Ridl had a 2-run double. And Jones added an RBI single.
The Knights would score a run in the 6th and 7th for a final tally of 9-3.
Offensive highlights: Markus Neff 4-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBI, 2 HRs; Cal Walters 4-for-5, 5 runs, 2 RBIs, HR, double, SB; Kujo 2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI; Chris Ridl 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double, SB; Chris Jones 3-for-6, 3 runs, 3RBI, triple.
Historical Notes: Markus Neff has 4 career HRs, including a pair of 2-homer outings, both against the Knights.