After a frighteningly long wait, and then a delay, and then another delay, and then another delay, the Diamond Dores finally got to play some baseball, as they swept a Monday afternoon double header 14-1 and 1-0 against the Wright State Freds.
Game one saw Kumar Rocker dominate. He threw 4 innings of 1 H, 0 R, 8 K, 3 BB ball, and was basically doing this on his mid-week bullpen session day, as he was all ready to go on Friday night.
Kumar Rocker, Back to Back Sliders for the K...and Sword ⚔️— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 22, 2021
One the filthiest pitches in college baseball. pic.twitter.com/GImnzp1VXV
Hliboki Bartokomous and Chris “McBain” McElvain mopped up in relief, and made quick work of the Freds.
Game two was an even better pitching performance.
Jack Leiter was out there throwing Greg Maddux come backers at damn near triple digits.
Jack Leiter, Filthy Two Seamer. pic.twitter.com/TRyvLswscr— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 22, 2021
And once you wrapped your head around that, then came the knee buckler.
Jack Leiter, Bowel Locking Curveball. pic.twitter.com/kxpOD7S4xp— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 22, 2021
Leits Out’s final line was 5 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 8 K on 69 total pitches (nice).
Both Rocker and Leiter were on about a 70 pitch count. Future teams will not receive that much mercy.
At the plate, the boys piled on in Game 1, but only scraped together a solo run in Game 2. Luckily, with our arms, that’s enough.
Your non-pitching player of the series was Jayson “Gonzo” Gonzalez, who went 3-3 out of the 9 hole in Game 2 (the one run of the game came on a FC from freshman Jack Bulger after a Gonzo single combined with Enrique “Shockwave” Bradfield’s super speed had them at 2nd and 3rd with one out), and did this in Game 1:
Of course, the hardest hit ball in Game 1 may well have been the one Cooper Davis rocketed into his own face. It looked like his head exploded, but luckily, his dad said he’s doing fine. Broken nose and some stitches, but it could have been worse.
Tim Corbin said Cooper Davis broke his nose and had to get stitches. Said he was fearing an orbital fracture or something similar but that Davis does still need to be evaluated further.— Robbie Weinstein (@rwweinstein) February 23, 2021
It took a long time, but was worth the wait. See you on Wednesday at 4:30pm CT as we face the Western Kentucky Red Grimaces.
Until then, I assume you have questions.
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...and that’s it.
*Note: Questions about other SEC baseball teams are welcome, too. I just won’t know as much about them, and will likely respond with juvenile, biased trash talk.
I will do this weekly as long as the questions keep coming in. If they dry up, no post. I’m not mad, just disappointed.