Compton, Calif. – The Orange County Riptide issued a comeback win despite a 7-2 deficit, scoring four runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the ninth inning, beating the MLB Academy Barons 10-8. After each of the starting nine Riptide tallied a hit in today’s contest, Orange County tallied 15 total hits in the game including multi-hit games from five starters.
Arkansas left-hander Matthew Magre started on the pitcher’s mound for the Riptide but had little help from his defense behind him. After four errors were committed in the field, five of the seven runs scored off of Magre were unearned. Magre ended the day by striking out three of the 21 Barons faced, allowing seven runs score, five walks, and fours hits through 3.2 innings pitched.
Cody Dreis (Washington State) got the fireworks started as he hit a two-run homerun in the second inning to score the Riptide’s first two runs of the game. The Barons immediately fought back as they scored two runs in the second, two runs in the third, and three runs in the fourth. Dreis responded to the seven unanswered runs as he came up clutch with two additional RBI’s after he ripped a single in the sixth inning. Dreis finished with the most RBI’s on the day with four.
Also in the sixth inning, Georgia outfielder Dwight Allen stole second base for his team leading 13th stolen base. UNLV slugger Austin Kryszczuk hit a single to allow Dreis and Allen to score. Allen showed his speed by making it home safely all the way from second base after a casual single.
University of Washington right handed pitcher Mike Schreiber made just his second appearance of the summer as he relieved Magre to get the final out of the fourth inning, and continued to pitch through the seventh inning. After facing 13 batters through 3.1 innings, Schreiber was able to hold the Barons to one unearned run after three hits, while allowing zero walks and striking out four.
After Tennessee outfielder Kyle Booker hit a sacrifice fly out in the eighth inning to make the game 8-7, Cornell lefty Spencer Edwards came in to suppress the Barons in the bottom of the eighth inning. Through the four batters he faced, hr gave up no hits, no runs, and no walks while striking out two batters in just one inning of play.
Orange County completed their comeback win by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning. After Indiana commit Tank Espalin started the inning with a double, Tennessee catcher Charlie Taylor followed him with an RBI single. Kryszczuk notched his third RBI of the game with a two out single that scored Taylor. Reed Spenrath (TCU) mirrored Kryszczuk as an RBI single scored Kryszczuk all the way from first base.
Texas State right hander and CCL All-Star Tony Robie came in to close things out for the Riptide in the ninth inning and showed why he was chosen for this years All-Star game. He faced three batters and struck out one Baron, allowing no runs, no walks, and no hits.
The Orange County Riptide have a three day hiatus until the CCL All-Star game, where six Riptide players have been selected to participate in on Wednesday, July 14th. Like tonight’s game against the Barons, the All-Star game will also be taken place at the MLB Academy’s home field in Compton, CA.
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