Angels hold on, defeat Giants, 14-8Jun 8, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
The Halos erased a six-run deficit to post a fightback victory as Kameron Murfitt's double drove in the eventual game-winning run.
On seven different occasions this season, the Babe Ruth Angels had lost by a single run.
They've been ahead, only to be pegged back, been behind only to come up short, and just about everything else in between.
However, on Wednesday at Riverton Babe Ruth Field, the perennial bridesmaids finally got to say "I do" themselves, bursting forth with nine runs in the final two innings of a 14-8 victory against the Giants.
The teams traded blows in the early innings and the score was deadlocked at 3-3 after three innings.
But, in the top of the fourth, the Giants' bats woke up.
Rhett Stover worked a four-pitch walk from Angels lefty Aquilo Friday to begin the charge, followed by additional free passes to Ian Carruth and Jared Olheiser to load the bases with only one out.
Dalten Leach followed with a single to left, driving in a pair of runs, which brought Paxton Rees to the plate with men on second and third.
Rees proceeded to rip a line drive to left, plating two more runs, advancing to second on the throw home, then stole third before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-2.
The Angels managed to scratch across a run in their half of the frame on an Eli Gard RBI single, but after Friday, who had eight strikeouts on the game, shut the Giants down in the top of the fifth, it was time for the Halos to go back to work with their bats.
Trey Draper led off with a base hit, then scored on a Skyler Soule single to make it 7-4.
Friday then lifted a fly ball to right which dropped for a hit, leaving runners at the corners and Kameron Murfitt at the plate, who drove home Soule with a fielder's choice to Leach, who shoveled the ball to Rees at second for the force.
Gard then dribbled one right in front of the mound, which pitcher Johnny Hilder picked up and threw high to first, allowing Gard to reach safely and Murfitt to score on what could have been the third out of the inning with the Giants still in the lead.
Instead, the contest was again even at 7-7.
But, the Giants were undaunted after having surrendered the lead and came right back with a run to regain the advantage in the top of the sixth and again, it was Rees at the eye of the offensive storm as black clouds swirled overhead with rain falling and wind blowing.
Rees scorched a single to left, then moved up a station on an error before stealing home to put his club again on top, 8-7.
With the Angels down by a single run late in a game yet again and visions of past defeats fresh in their minds, they were bound and determined to not let another one get away.
After Draper had singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and was thrown out trying to steal second, Cameron Schoening singled to right, followed by Soule reaching on an error, allowing Schoening to score and the game was level at 8-8.
Friday was then hit by a pitch, moving Soule up to second, after which both runners advanced on a passed ball, bringing Murfitt to the dish with a chance to give his squad the lead.
On a 3-2 pitch from Hilder, Murfitt smoked a line drive to left, driving in Friday and Soule to make it 10-8.
The Angels would add four more runs and take the field in the top of the seventh with a 14-8 lead and Rylan Koehn on the mound to close the deal.
Stover struck out swinging to start the frame, then Carruth walked, bringing Olheiser to the plate with one out and a runner on first.
An error allowed Olheiser to reach base, but Carruth was retired at second, and there were two outs.
Ultimately, baserunning was the Giants' undoing, as Olheiser was caught straying off first with a Koehn pickoff attempt, prompting him to break for second, where he was tagged for the final out of the game.
Rees finished 3-for-4 with a pair each of runs scored and batted in, along with five stolen bases for the Giants.
Friday and Gard both had a pair of hits apiece for the Angels, as Murfitt and Soule each contributed three RBI to the cause.
Koehn recorded the win on the mound with 2 1/3 innings of work, allowing only one hit and one run, while striking out a pair on 47 pitches.
Giants 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 -- 8
Angels 1 0 1 1 4 7 x -- 14
Giants - Leach, 2-4, 2 RBI; Rees, 3-4, 2 RBI; DeVries, 0-2, 2 BB; Hilder, 0-2, 2 BB; Kazzee, 1-2, 2 BB; Cousineau, 0-3; Stover, 0-3; Carruth, 0-2, 2 BB; Olheiser, 1-3.
Angels - Draper, 1-3, 2 BB; Schoening, 1-4, RBI; Soule, 1-5, 3 RBI; Friday, 2-3; Murfitt, 1-4, 3 RBI; Koehn, 0-2, 2 BB; Gard, 2-4, RBI; Engle, 1-2, 2 BB, RBI; Bell, 0-3, RBI.