A2Z effort to come back from down nine runs in the fifth inning came up just short, as they fell 9-8 to Whiting Roll-Offs on Saturday. A2Z put up seven runs in the failed comeback. Blake Jeffries, Carson Bish, Matt Paparodis, Joe Aey, Chris Denney, and Aiden Thompson all picked up RBIs in the rally.
A2Z fell behind early in the loss. Whiting took the lead on a single in the first inning.
Whiting fired up the offense in the first inning. Grant Melder singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
A2Z notched six runs in the sixth inning. Their big bats were led by Jeffries, Bish, Paparodis, and Aey, all driving in runs in the frame.
Whiting scored six runs in the fifth inning. Their big inning was driven by an error on a ball put in play by Nate Thomas and Grayson Hooks and doubles by Ben Miller and Corbin Sevcik.
Joey Pugh earned the win for Whiting. He allowed two hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out three and walking one.
Jeffries took the loss for A2Z. He allowed four hits and three runs over three and a third innings, striking out three.
A2Z tallied six hits in the game. Aey and Matt Boccieri each managed multiple hits. Boccieri and Aey each collected two hits to lead.
Whiting collected seven hits on the day. Melder and Miller each had multiple hits.
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