Firebirds Fall In Chatham

By Greg Joyce

It was the fourth installment of Chatham-Orleans in 2011, and for the first time, the Firebirds finally fell to the Anglers. The men in fought back once to hold a 3-2 lead, but could not keep it, and lost by a final score of 8-3 on Tuesday night in Chatham.

After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Firebirds came right back in the top of the third to tie the game. With one out, Tarran Senay (NC State) walked before Andrew Aplin (Arizona State) and Anthony Gomez (Vanderbilt) hit consecutive singles to load the bases.

That brought up Jayce Boyd (Florida State), who was able to push a run across the plate on a fielder’s choice to the right side, scoring Senay.

Ben Waldrip (Jacksonville State) came up next and hit a hard ground ball to deep shortstop, and he legged out an infield single to bring in Aplin, tying the game at two apiece.

Through the third and fourth innings, John Brebbia (Elon) settled in on the mound for Orleans, preserving the 2-2 tie before his teammates could take the lead in the top of the fifth.

Aplin led off the inning by lining a shot to the gap in right for a double, and he moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt from Gomez.

“We had a nice sac-bunt from Go-Go,” assistant coach Benny Craig said.

Boyd was unable to score Aplin, but the next batter was Waldrip, and during his at bat there was a wild pitch that Aplin came in on, making it 3-2 Orleans.

“We had Ben Waldrip extend the count with two strikes and that got the wild pitch, and that gave us the lead,” Craig said.

But from that point on, it was all Chatham. Though he retired the first two batters in order, Brebbia got into trouble in the bottom of the inning. It started with a two-out walk, followed by a single that ended Brebbia’s day.

Tyler Gebler (Rutgers) came on in relief but was unable to get out of the inning unscathed. He let up two hits before recording the final out, and at the end of five innings Chatham led 4-3.

The Anglers did more damage in the seventh inning, when they tacked on three more runs, thanks to a three-run round tripper off the bat of Dane Phillips (Oklahoma State) against new pitcher Kenny Long (Illinois State).

The last nine Orleans batters were set down in order, meaning there would be no comeback for the Firebirds in Chatham.

Nick Mutz (Western Oklahoma) allowed one run in his one inning of work in the eighth, making it a final score of 8-3 Chatham.

“You gotta tip your cap to the other team; they outhit us,” Craig said.

On a positive note, Waldrip finished the night with two infield singles and reached base three times. Aplin also recorded two hits on the night and scored two runs.

“A couple guys are giving really good at bats,” Craig said.

With another game Wednesday night at home, the Firebirds will look to get back on the right track against the Y-D Red Sox.

“I think we could do one of two things: we could feel sorry for ourselves and get mad,” Craig said. “Or we could just forget about today, come out [Wednesday] and just try and play our tails off, and hopefully get a better result.”

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