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Red Sox advance in gritty 3 game series with the Rangers

By Dr. C, 06/29/22, 4:30PM CDT


Red Sox earn hard fought series, advance to face top seed Storm for Division crown

The Red Sox hosted Larry Silverman's Rangers in a best of 3 series starting at the odd time of 6 PM for the Shalom League. Under the sunny hot skies, the Rangers jumped out with 3 in the 1st and would never be threatened in the 5 inning game shortened by the run rule 14-3. The Sox only scored on a Justin Reed solo HR in the 1st and a 2 run 2B by Joey Welter in the 4th. The game was not in doubt and the Red Sox required the between games break to face elimination in the face.

Game 2 had the Sox score 2 in the 1st on a Welter 2 run blast. The Rangers scored 3, aided by the still struggling Sox defense, had the bases loaded, no out up 3-2 when Welter and Carlos Lopez turned in a very key play absolutely turning the tide. Welter fielded a Chuck Taylor smash, stepped on 1st and threw a strike to Lopez at the plate for the DP and the 3rd out quickly ensued without further damage. 

Neither team scored in the 2nd but the Sox took their 1st lead of the day in the top of the 3rd started by a Jeremy Golden walk, a 1 out Greg Ritter single, a 3 run blast by Reed, a hit from Welter, an infield hit  by Ariel Rodriguez, a 2 run 2B by Clint Hathcock and a SF by Kendal Anthony to cap the 6 run inning and an 8-3 lead. The rangers answered w 1 in the home 3rd, but the Sox scored 6 more in the 4th started by a Mark Phares 1B, a 1 out hit from injured Dan Mele, Golden's hit, a run scoring Lopez hit, and a 2 out grand slam HR by Reed and concluded with a run scoring 2b by Rodriguez. The 14-4 lead would not change and the game would again be shortened by the run rule in the red Sox favor this time dictating a winner take all game 3. 

The sun disappeared for game 3 and it felt great on field 2. The Rangers scored 3 in the top of the 1st featuring a 2  run blast by pitcher Scott Lawrence (who only yielded 2 walks the entire series) but the Sox responded with 2 in the home 1st on  1 out hits from reed, Welter, Rodriguez (scoring 1) and a SF by Hathcock for the 2nd run.  After keeping the rangers off the board, the sox tied the game 3-3 in the 2nd on a 1 out Phares hit, a single by Wayne Casper sending Phares to 3rd and a run scoring FC by Anthony. 

The Rangers again were kept off the board and the Sox took a 2 run lead on back to back solo HRs by Reed and Welter. Neither team scored in the 4th or 5th although the Rangers left the bases loaded in the top of the  6th and the Sox finally added 2 runs on reed's 5th HR of the series and a run scoring hit by Rodriguez plating Welter.  The Rangers would score 1 in the top of the 7th but the Sox prevailed 7-4 in a very tense exciting game.

After the Sox played a hideous game 1, they came together with very strong defense in the last 2 games lead by an immense all around game from Justin Reed -Absolute impact POW and Joey Welter associate impact POW! Special thanks to Kendall Anthony for complete effort , enthusiasm and connection with the team and to Dan Mele playing almost the entire 1st 2 games with a fractured glove hand and to Kyle Casper for subbing in game 3 and lending support to the Red Sox old captain and pitcher. Also to Greg Ritter, Clint Hathcock, Justin Howard, Ariel Rodriguez, who hit well despite brutal leg cramps, Mark Phares, Jeremy Golden and Carlos Lopez.  The reversal of the series was due to these superlative efforts.

Notable stats : Justin Reed  7-8, 8 runs, 5 HRs 10 RBI ( out of 24 runs for the team) and fabulous defense! Joey Welter 7-8, 6 runs, 5 RBI, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs and outstanding 1B defense!  special acknowledgement to Silverman's Rangers and his entire team who played well and pressured us the entire way and for their gracious meetings with us  after game 3, as they had a strong season too!