Dateline: Eagle Field
The Reston Royals started the second half of their season by traveling to Falls Church. They looked sharp in warmups despite the early AM start. With a low fog settling over the field, the Royals went to the plate. Eric singled to start the Royals attack. Matt walked. Eric attempted to steal third but was gunned down by the catcher. Not to be denied, Coach Creighton, at 3rd base, gave the steal sign to Matt who slid in just ahead of the tag. A wild pitch scored Matt. The Royals then took the field for their new starter Justin. Justin, with his first start in the big leagues, looked sharp. The first pitch was a hard, low fastball. It was was grounded to Nihal who made a nice play as he tossed to Spenser at first for out one. After a walk the next batter hit a high, towering fly to deep center. Alec caught up to it, but it got past him as he lost it briefly in fog. After a single which scored a run, Justin settled down and the next batter hit a soft liner behind second. Eric took off after it, leaped, and caught it for out two. With runners on third and second, the next pitch was past the catcher. Matt tore after it, tossed, and Justin who alertly covered home made the tag for out three.
The Royals picked up some runs in the second as Justin singled, Jake walked, and Ryan got a huge RBI single to score Justin. Jordyn walked and a wild pitch scored Justin and another wild pitch scored Jake. With two outs Danny hit a long shot to center, Ryan tagged and scored giving Danny an RBI sacrifice fly. Matt came on in the second and got a quick strikeout. The next batter hit a shot to Spenser who made a nice play at first as he gobbled it up and tagged first for out two. The next batter hit a blistering shot to Nihal at second who scooped it and tossed to Spenser for out three. Justin singled to start off the Royals half of the second. After two it was Royals 4 Angels 1.
In the top of the third, Alec led off with a single, Nihal singled and Cam hit a big double to left scoring Alec and Nihal. Spenser singled to score Cam. When the dust had cleared three more runs were in. Matt continued on the mound and the first batter hit a sharp grounder to Spenser at first who made a nice play as he got it and touched third for out one. Matt walked the next batter and then settled down and struck out the next two. The Royals went down in order in the fourth. Alec came on in the bottom of the fourth and had a great outing. After a leadoff single, the next batter hit a sharp grounder to the all-purpose infielder Nihal who had just moved to third. He got it and fired a perfect strike to Justin at second for out one. Alec struck out the next batter and the last batter hit a grounder to Nihal who made it look easy as he got it fired to Cam at first for out three. After four it was Royals 7 Angels 1.
In the top of the 5th the Royals picked up some more insurance runs. Eric walked and stole second. Matt singled to score Eric. Matt moved to second on a ground out and stole third for the second time of the day. He scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the 5th, Jake came on and looked great. He walked the first batter, struck out hte next batter for out one. A groundout back to the mound was good for out two and Jake blasted three strikes by the last batter for out three. After five it was Royals 9 Angels 1.
The Royals offense was still not through. Justin walked to get on for the third time of the day. Ryan walked and Jordyn hit a hard shot to center for a big RBI to score Justin. Eric came on in the bottom of the sixth and he has made pitching look so easy that Royals fans started packing their bags. He struck out the side on twelve pitches. Final Score: Royals 10 Angels 1.
Coach Goldstein said, “Its great to have a good game like this. Our hitters are clearly seeing the ball better and we’ve played very solid baseball in the field.” Coach Grossman said, “Well anytime you have only one error, hold the other team to two hits and strike out nine you are probably going to have a good day. Also, our ten hits were fantastic. I’m very happy the kids who have been struggling are starting to hit — that adds a lot to our lineup. Finally, anytime you can use five pitchers who all throw strikes you are a happy coach. I’m looking forward to our games next week.”