Battle Creek – Lucas Richardson played champion on Friday.
The Manistee Saints finished their NB Base World Series pool with an original 3-0 record after Richardson lifted it via Hackensack Troasts by 6 times. 5.
The Saints entered the bottom of the seventh game after 5-4. Jake Finkbeiner drove one-line characters to centfield to put the run on board. It looked as if he was initially stranded after Danny Pacino went off and Alex Strickland sprinted to the right, but Alex Schmidt walked five pitches to keep the Saints’ hopes alive.
Richardson quickly went into the 0-2 hole after looking at the first pitch for a hit and a foul on the next. He took the next two performances out of the box before firing 2-2 in the center right to bring home the tie-and-win game.
The Saints fell 5-0 to Troast at the top of the fourth inning as three fouls allowed four unearned runs to score. But Manesty went back deep into the bottom of fifth, scoring four times thanks to Bassinault’s Grand Slam firing the first pitch he saw over the right fence to make it 5-4.
Novice pitcher Todd Schmidt threw 3.2 runs and allowed four unearned two-strokes with a two-stroke and two-walk. Dylan Bates came in relief, winning in 3.1 innings with one run allowed by four strokes while he was shooting one and not walking with nothing.
Ahead of Friday’s dramatic win, the Saints (28-12) took out the bat to open up pool play with double-digit runs against the South Bend Royals and Lombard Orioles. Manesty topped the Royals 10-5 in the opening game and then crushed the Orioles 12-5.
A dozen bakers behind multiple efforts of Dom Palmara, Luke Linder, Finkbener, Alex Strickland and Sam Schmidt along with Homer of Richardson put the Saints in the driver’s seat against South Bend. Manesty scored four games in the third and five in the fourth to take a solid 9-0 lead.
Each rookie either collected a hit, scored a run or earned an RBI where four (Finkbeiner, Strickland, Sam Schmitt and Richardson) earned at least one of each.
Manesty took a 10-0 lead in sixth before the Royals scored five times at the bottom of the game. But South Bend couldn’t muster more against the Saints’ Monument crew.
Novice bowler Sam Schmidt extended his goal-free tournament streak to 11 with four Saints closing frames. He only allowed one hit and hit a seven as he walked three times. Tommy Reed made three rounds of rest and took the win, allowing five runs with seven hits walk and two hits walk.
In the second game of the day, the Saints were interrupted in the sixth inning to score eight runs against the Orioles. Danny Bassinault hit three hits, including a double-double and an RBI three while scoring twice. Stephen Weinert also got three paid rounds in two strokes. Strickland hit two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a running record. Reed also hit two hits while the RBI hit two hits.
Bowler Roddy McNeil started the win, allowing five runs (four earned) in five strokes by three strokes and four walks.
McNeil encountered 33 hitters and made 124 throws, 74 of which went on strike.
The Saints continue to play in the World Championships on Saturday and Sunday.