WASHINGTON, Pa. (May 17) -For the first 16 seasons of Wild Things baseball, no player had ever hit for the cycle. That changed in the first game of tonight’s doubleheader sweep of the Gateway Grizzlies, when center fielder James Harris went 4-5 with a single, double, triple and home run. Also in the win, Wild Things’ manager Gregg Langbehn recorded his 600th managerial win.
The Wild Things (4-2) beat Gateway (4-2) 11-4 in the first game of the doubleheader, and grinded out a 1-0 win in the second game.
In game one, the Grizzlies drew first blood in the top of the first, when first
baseman Trae Santos drove in center fielder and leadoff hitter Matt Hearn with a single. The Wild Things offense responded right away, however, when Harris led off the bottom of the first with his third home run of the season to start his historic day at the plate.
With one out in the bottom of the second, catcher Kyle Pollock tripled. Two batters later, shortstop Brett Marr gave Washington the lead with a sacrifice fly. The Wild Things added on when, with two outs, left fielder Roman Collins drove in two runs with a single to make it 4-1. Gateway got a run back in the next half inning with Santos’ second RBI single of the game, which scored left fielder Cody Livesay.
Washington busted the game open in its next at-bat when Harris’ day continued with a bases-clearing triple, making it 7-2. However, the Grizzlies wouldn’t go away. In the fourth, after Cunningham retired the first two batters, Gateway struck for two runs on four-straight singles, with Hearn and Livesay driving in the runs.
Wild Things’ starter Chase Cunningham departed after four innings, allowing four earned runs on eight singles while walking three and not recording a strikeout. Davis Adkins relieved Cunningham, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to get Washington out of the half-inning with an 8-4 lead.
Washington added to its lead in the bottom half of the fifth when Collins scored on a wild pitch. The Wild Things got more insurance in their next at bat, with shortstop Brett Marr’s first home run of the season—a solo shot—making it 9-4. After Harris doubled to complete the cycle, he stole third and came around to score on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Mick Fennell. One batter later, Collins added to the scoring with Washington’s third home run of the evening.
Washington completed a productive offensive showing with an RBI single by first baseman Reydel Medina. Frank Trimarco and Sam Mersing pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win.
For the Grizzlies, starting pitcher Mike Ellwood took the loss, allowing eight runs—six earned—on nine hits over 3.1 innings.