Sox Stun Ironmen With Late Comeback
The BlueSox took every inch Lorain gave them on Monday night, winning a back-and-forth game 5-4 to take sole
possession of first place in the East Division.
The Ironmen walked eight and threw four balls away, but the BlueSox still had to come up with a big hit when
it counted. They did just that. The first came in the first inning, when Stephen Sada drew a leadoff walk, reached third on
a pickoff-throw gone awry, and scored on Nick Sell's sac fly to center. Lorain tied it up in the next half-inning, but Sada
and Sell teamed up once again for another sac fly run to go up 2-1.
After two quick outs in the fifth, Lorain's Taylor Emody singled up the middle after fouling off four consecutive
3-2 pitches. Lucas Raley followed with a home run over the right field fence that gave the Ironmen their first lead of the
Butler again responded by taking advantage of an Ironmen miscue. Taylor Schmidt grounded a routine ball to
shortstop that was thrown past the first baseman and Schmidt used his speed to reach third while the ball jounced around in
foul territory. Sada followed, drawing his second walk of the game before Mick Fennell laid down a great bunt up the third
baseline. Lorain pitcher Jose Flores fielded the ball and swiped at Schmidt as he raced home, but the tag missed its mark
and things were once again reset at 3-3.
Raley took advantage of a two-base error after a single to right field to lead off the eighth and easily scored
on Cody Selmer's sacrifice fly to left a few pitches later.
Even after losing the lead for the second time with little game remaining, Butler kept at it. They used every
position player they had on the bench to pinch run or provide a defensive glove late in the game.
Zac LaNeve pinch ran for Cody Herald, who drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth. Stuart Levy sacrifice
bunted LaNeve to second to set the table for Ryan Hanahan, who had entered the game a few innings prior as a pinch hitter.
He roped a 2-2 pitch that landed a few feet inside the right field foul line and rolled most of the way to the wall. When
the dust settled, the game was tied up again and Hanahan was standing on third with a triple.
Jeff Revesz did not let Lorain catch their breathhe lined the next pitch into left field to give Butler
the 5-4 lead that was held by Austin Ross's perfect ninth inning.
Dave Yakopec earned his first win of the year with three innings of relief. He allowed three hits and a single
Butler sits one game ahead of West Virginia in the second half standings. They will look to extend their winning
streak to five when they take on the Ironmen again on Tuesday night at 6:35pm.