Meatspins stay hot by taking 2 of 3 at The Palace
The Mishawaka Meatspins traveled to The Palace of Bourissa Hills as they looked to build off of their 3 game sweep of Twin Branch in Week 3.
Meanwhile for the Wildcards, this would be their final 3 games of a 12 game home stand to start the season.
Mishawaka jumped ahead early scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning as they never looked back from there. The balanced Meatspins attack would end up scoring between 1 and 3 runs in every inning as they would end up scoring 10 in their Game 1 victory.
Both teams would make multiple stellar defensive plays as each team robbed multiple home runs in this game. Meatspins pitcher Anthony Rieff had to be happy with the run production he received as the Meatspins went on to win the Opener, 10-6.
In Game 2, Mishawaka jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but were not able to hold onto it for long as the Wildcards broke out for 10 runs in the 2nd inning.
Very comfortable playing at The Palace, the Wildcards would turn to small ball in that inning as the Wildcards methodically moved runners along and hit the ball on the ground.
It was an effective strategy for Bourissa as that inning would propel the Wildcards to a Game 2 victory by the score of 15-9.
Both teams continued to make highlight plays in the field in Game 2 as both teams robbed multiple home runs once again. With the series tied at 1, both teams headed into the rubber match knowing that the weather would likely start to play a role.
The rain would make an impact in Game 2 as there was a brief rain delay. The wind also changed course for the series finale as it began blowing out after blowing in for the first 2 games of the series.
In Game 3, the Meatspins bats would finally explode as they took advantage of the wind changing directions.
The Wildcards took an early 6-2 lead before the Meatspins big bats woke up. The Spins’ unloaded from that point on as the team hit for a combined 14 Home Runs. Erik Woodrich led the way at the plate for Mishawaka as he had a phenomenal 3rd game as he went 9-9 with 4 HR.
That performance surely played a huge role in Woodrich being named the Week 4 American League Player of the Week by Wiffle Talk.
With Woodrich setting the tone, the rest of the Spins hopped on board as the entire team had a great game at the plate. Mishawaka would end up scoring between 3 and 5 runs in every inning
Dan the Cat took over pitching duties in the 2nd inning of Game 3 as Dan looked like a “red headed Bartolo Colon” according to his Manager as he provided Rieff the relief that he needed.
With Dan the Cat doing his thing on the mound and the entire Meatspins team doing their thing at the plate, Mishawaka would roll their way to a 24-10 victory to clinch another series win.
The Meatspins have now won 5 out of their last 6 games as they have moved into a tie for 3rd place in the American League at 7-5.
Overall, it has been a very solid first half of the season for Mishawaka as this group is showing no signs of rust after taking a couple of years away from ORWBL as a group.
This established group of winners are starting to solidify themselves as one of the more premier teams in the loaded American League.
Mishawaka (7-5) will look to stay hot on Rivalry Week as they will take on the Great Lakes Godfathers (3-9) in what should be a fun filled series with a couple of storylines as well.
As for the Wildcards, they concluded their 12 game home stand to open up the season. The Cards struggled at home as they finished that stretch with a 2-10 record.
Wildcards Manager Zach Rehlander was quoted saying “my feet are raw after that stretch at the Palace” as the Wildcards hope to be road warriors over the 2nd half of the season.
They will now look to get in a groove on the road as they get set to finish the season with 12 consecutive road games.
Bourissa Hills (2-10) will travel to take on Rolling Prairie (3-9 in a matchup featuring two of the most historic franchises in ORWBL history.