Tom Brown Gains a Victory Over Host Team Meridian During Game One of the Dizzy Dean District Tournament
Meridian may have scored first, but Tom Brown kept the lead throughout the game to become the victors during the first round of Dizzy Dean District Tournament Play. Messer also moved on to the second round of play after they received a bye during the draw.
Ben Karels was the starting pitcher against Meridian and he kept batters struggling at the plate. Karels allowed three base hits on the evening; two of those hits were by Josh Blomeley in the first and again in the third innings. Jake Correia also drove a hit to left field during the fourth inning. Luke Burch was credited with a Sacrifice RBI when he scored his teammate Erik Mossman (base on balls) in the third. Troy Kemp also recorded a Sacrifice off a foul near the third base dugout during his at bat in the first. Stuart Chandronnet walk in the fourth was only Karels second on the night.
Where Karels seemed to be the “Stay with guy” for Tom Brown, Meridian couldn’t seem to find the right fit on the mound, going through three pitchers in three innings. Troy Kemp was the starting pitcher for Meridian. Kemp walked the first two batters Casey Brown and Ben Karels. A Justin Adams two run RBI single then scored both runners. Dakota Godfrey then hit a Sacrifice RBI to score Adams. Jay Klees walked before Meridian Coach Destry Burch made the decision to change pitchers with two outs at the bottom of the first. Hunter Grignon stepped on to the mound and threw one pitch and it was popped up to centerfield to get Meridian out of the first inning trailing by the score of three to one.
Grignon returned to the mound to start the second inning, he walked Dylan Johnson, who then stole around on errant plays to score. Casey Brown reached first safely on an error and scored. Karels hit a grounder deep to the shortstop and beat out the throw for the single. Kyler Smith then walked bringing Coach Burch back to the mound for a change of pitching personal once again. Jake Correia toed the rubber at the bottom of the second and was able to strike out the first batter he faced that was followed by a ground out to shortstop.
Correia returned and Meridian was able to exit the third inning three up/ three down; however, Meridian lagged at this juncture 6 to 2. Meridian with Correia continuing on the mound held Tom Brown again in the fourth to no runs scored despite Correia giving up a base on balls to Karels and a single to Smith.
Tom Brown saw movement on the mound to begin the fifth inning with Casey Brown now at the number one spot. Brown walked leadoff batter Mossman then followed with a second base on balls by Blomeley. Burch brought them in with his single (2 RBI’s) up the middle. Tom Brown Coach, Rick Johnson, decided to switch out pitchers and called for Justin Adams. Troy Kemp took the first pitch by Adams yard for the first homerun of the District Tournament to tie the ball game at six apiece. Next, Correia reached base due to catcher’s interference. Tom Brown was able to get two outs one after a fly to short and the second out came after an unassisted play by the first basemen. Logan Smith tried to keep Meridian’s rally alive by drawing a walk and advancing the pinch runner, Cameron Kostrzewa to second. Matt Jordan moved his teammates around the bags after being struck by a pitch. Myron Mebane then replaced Adams as the Tom Brown pitcher. Mebane disposed of the next batter on strikes, thus leaving Meridian stranded with bases loaded.
Correia returned to the hill at the bottom of five and faced Godfrey who hit a single to left center bringing up Jay Klees. Klees went the opposite directions with a double (RBI) to right field. Stephen Frederickson drew a base on balls, causing Meridian to once again to undergo a pitching change. This time it was the catcher Erik Mossman taking the mound. Mossman threw eight pitches to batter Dylan Johnson before Johnson won out with a walk. Marshall Roberts then hit a grounder to the second baseman for the second out of the inning but was able to score the RBI. At the end of five complete Tom Brown regained the lead eight to six.
Josh Blomeley drew his second walk of the night to begin the sixth inning for Meridian Park. Burch then reached first on a fielder’s choice. Kemp was walked bringing up Correia who hit a fly ball to shallow left where the shortstop, Klees made the catch and caught the runner off second for the double play. During their at bats Tom Brown was held to a Smith single and an Adams walk due to the returning pitcher, Mossman.
Duffy walked in the seventh trying to mount the comeback for Meridian. Matt Jordan boarded the bases after an error at second. Dillon Andrews was substituted in as a pinch runner but was hit into a fielder’s choice at second base that ended the game.
Tom Brown wins the first game of the Dizzy Dean Tournament 8 to 6 over Meridian.
Dizzy Dean Tournament play continues with Tom Brown against Messer Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Meridian Park for Game Two. Meridian will face the loser of game two on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Meridian Park for Game Three.