NILES - The County Line Kings (6-0) continued their hot start in 2019 by sweeping the Great Lakes Godfathers (0-6) on Thursday night; 17-15, 10-3, and 9-3.
Game one was a back-and-forth battle, with both teams piling on the runs. The teams combined for 32 runs in the opener as both offenses seemed to be in mid-season form. Eventually, the Kings prevailed, squeaking out a game one victory by a margin of 17-15.
The opener would prove to be the closest contest of the series, as the Godfathers' offense went cold the rest of the night. After piling on 15 in the first game, Great Lakes scored just 3 runs in each of the following two games.
County Line, on the other hand, managed to stay hot, putting up 10 and 9 runs respectively. After another strong week, manager Michael Forrester finds himself pacing ORWBL in home runs (18) and RBI's (23) through two weeks.
To go along with their 6-0 start, the Kings have maintained ORWBL's most potent offense through two weeks. County Line has scored 69 runs in just 6 games, thus far leading the American League by a wide margin.
Of note for the Kings this week was the addition of Bryce Bloode into the lineup. Bloode, a rookie, had 13 hits in the series, with 5 of those going over the fence via the long ball. Additionally, the 'rook picked up all 3 wins on the mound for the Kings, giving up just 8 runs in his 14 innings on the mound.
The series loss is surely a tough pill to swallow for the Godfathers. Great Lakes had high expectations and starting 0-6 is not what Matador Smith and his crew of veterans envisioned coming into 2019.
It was surely going to take some time for Great Lakes to get acclimated with their new teammates, so fans need be patient with the young season. The Godfathers have shown signs of life with a 15-run outburst in the opener this week and overall solid defense the previous week, so look for them to pick things up as the season marches on.
Next for County Line is a highly-anticipated AL West match up with Twin Branch Billy Goats (5-1) on Sunday, May 19th. Sunday's series will mark the Kings' home debut, with the first pitch tentatively set for 1 pm (EST).
On the Godfathers' side of things, they too have a quick turnaround, taking on the Bourissa Hills Wildcards (0-3) this Sunday. A quick trip to the Palace could be just what Great Lakes needs to get their season back on track.