Mule's Diving Catch Saves Playoff Opener

Mike Mule made a diving catch on a hot line drive in center field that would have resulted in a loss if he missed for Greece to hold on to take Game 1 of the District 7 semi-finals.

Coach Ford decided to intentionally walk the go-ahead run in Jason Bocklage with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and almost backfired on the next pitch. But the dive and tumble was enough to hold onto the ball and move on to the next game.

Greece got two in the first on a Ryan Ballard sac fly and heads up base running by James Sciortino to score on a wild pitch that did not get too far from the catcher but caught the pitcher sleeping.

RM answered with two of their own in the bottom half. Greece took the lead for good inthe 3rd with back to back bases loaded walks followed by a 2 run line drive single from Mule.

Rayson got 3 in the 5th with some fly balls that should have been played for out but the Greece outfielder played too hesitant. Starter Neale McMullen did not let it faze him and he bulldogged his way out of the inning.

McMullen went the distance to get the win scattering the 11 hits and striking out 3.

Thomas Finnerty led the offense going 3 for 4 with Mule helping out going 2 for 3 with the 2 RBIs for GP (18-9)

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Greece Post 2040000 6 7 0
Rayson Miller 2000300 5 11 0

Date: July 15, 2018     Time: 9:00am      Venue: Eastridge HS   

Greece Post
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Victor Torres 4 0 0 0 0 1
Thomas Finnerty 4 1 3 0 0 0
James Sciortino 0 2 0 0 2 0
Jake Wamser 1 0 0 0 0 1
Ryan Ballard 3 1 0 1 0 1
Isaac Yorkey 1 1 1 0 2 0
Jack Berbert 3 0 0 0 0 1
James Huber 2 1 0 1 1 2
Neale McMullen 2 0 1 1 1 1
Mike Mule 3 0 2 2 0 1
Totals 23 6 7 5 6 8
HBP: Ballard
SH: Sciortino
Rayson Miller
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Lukas Haefner 4 1 3 0 0 0
Jason Bocklage 3 1 2 2 0 0
Colin Smith 4 0 0 0 0 1
Maxx Countryman 3 1 1 1 0 0
Owen VanNewkirk 3 0 1 1 0 0
Jourdan Plaisted 3 1 2 0 0 0
Sam Cestra 3 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Nestler 3 0 1 0 0 0
Owen Jones 1 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Butler 2 1 1 0 0 1
Totals 29 5 11 4 0 3
2B: Haefner, Bocklage, Countryman
3B: Bocklage
CS: Nestler

Greece Post
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Neale McMullen (W) 7.0 11 5 5 0 3 100
Rayson Miller
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Sam Cestra (L) 4.0 5 6 5 5 5 93
Kevin Sheppard 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 17
Grady Smith 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 26

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