Lagers defeat Loggers 22-13 in a 12 inning gem

Regular Season
Game Date: 
June 8, 2008
Epicocity of Game: 

LINCOLN, Vt.(LDP) On what felt like only the second day of summer, the Lagers defeated the Loggers 22-13 in 12 innings on Sunday, continuing the inexplicable string of LowBall classics. At the steamy regular season home opener at GapBridge Field both teams showed solid midseason skills, as well as toughness while they played though a downpour in the 9th and 10th. The Lagers exploded for 9 runs off the Loggers rotating pitchers in the top of the 12th to take the win and move to 2-1.

The visiting Lagers came to play with the formidable lineup of El Guapo, Ox, Sturgeon, and Wingman. The home team featured Dustin, Trot, Claudio, and J-Rod with Hediki joining late.

Ox lead the charge for the Lagers, pitching 2 shut out innings with 4 strikeouts, and going 6 for 12 at the plate with 6 RBIs with a Grand Slam through 9. The Surgeon added his silent surgery giving up nothing for 2 innings, and going 6 for 10 through 9. The Loggers showed great tenacity, coming back from a 0-7 deficit to lead the game 10-7 with help by homers from, just off the bus, Claudio and J-Rod. They also answered a 3 run top of the 10th by the Lagers with 3 of their own in the bottom, even putting the potential winning run at third base, but they couldn't steal the walk off.

The 11th inning saw shutout pitching from both rotating staffs. The fresh, just arrived, and graduated Lonichio lead off the 12th with a double for the Lagers and the epic's end was palatable in the thick air that drifted across the field pasted between the lowered heads of the defense. Bristol unmercifully poured on 9 in their frame as Lincoln collectively collapsed and wilted on the mound. The heat and late hour had drained the comeback magic from the Loggers, and they could not even manage a single hit in response to the Lagers 12th hour battery. The Loggers fall to 1-2 for the season.

The final score hides the fact that there is a profound parity between these bitter Eastern League rivals this year and it will be many more hot summer days, and many more classics, before a clear division favorite emerges.