Edinburgh Diamond Devils 6 - Edinburgh Cannons 4

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Edinburgh Diamond Devils
Home Team: 
Edinburgh Cannons
Away Score: 
6
Home Score: 
4
Game write up: 

hese two Edinburgh rivals faced off in the glorious sunshine in a crunch match for both teams. The Devils were looking even their record at 2-2 to get them back in the title hunt, whilst the Cannons could extend their lead at the top of the table with back to back wins against last year’s champs.
The Devils got off to a quick start getting runners to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. However, Jason pitched well for the Cannons getting the next two outs on pop ups, only for Dan to come through in the clutch with a 2 RBI double down the right field line. The Cannons fired an answering salvo in the bottom of the inning with Mark getting to 2nd with no outs, before tagging on the next two fly outs to score on a sac fly.
In the 2nd inning, things would misfire for the Cannons as the first two men would reach on errors, Andrew would advance the runners before Sylvain would extend the lead with a RBI groundout. It looked like the danger was over as Bret would strike out for the third out but the wild pitch would get away allowing Bret to reach first and James to dash home to extend the lead to 4-1.
Tristram pitching for the Devils kept the Cannons quiet over the next couple of innings, there was a lot of traffic on the bases, but he was able to work around the baserunners and make the important outs when he needed to. The Cannons would cut the lead in the 4th as they would plate one run, but again Tristram was able to bear down when the pressure was on and prevent further damage. He would pitch into the 5th inning and looked to finish off his outing against opposing pitcher Jason who hit a hard line drive to 2nd base, only for Sam to show off some impressive juggling skills to make the last out.
Hsin-Yen came in for the Devils and he and Jason traded zero’s in the 6th, with both pitchers stranding baserunners. In the 7th the Devils looked to add on some insurance runs, Sylain would lead off and reach on error, before Bret hit a weak pop up to shallow right, but perfectly placed between two fielders, both players went for the ball fully committed but collided, allowing Bret to reach 2nd on a 120 foot double. Hsin yen would capitalise immediately with a hard hit 2 RBI double to stretch the lead to 6-1.
The Cannons came out all guns blazing in the bottom of the 7th with several hard hit balls off Hsin Yen including a ground rule double to deep left allowing 2 runs to score, but the Devils pitcher was able to again limit the damage by stranding the remaining runners to preserve the Devils lead.
The Cannons reloaded and launched another barrage in the 8th, loading the bases, but Hsin yen was able to strike out the last hitter looking on a perfect pitch on the corner.
Jason again kept the Devils bats quiet in the top of the 9th, setting up a grandstand bottom of the 9th with the Cannons needing 2 runs to tie. Things started badly for the Devils as the blustery conditions caused what seemed a routine pop up to fall in to start the inning, things would go from bad to worse as an error would then bring the go ahead run to the plate with no one out. The Canons were able to advance the runners but were down to the last out, bringing lead-off hitter Mark to plate. The short stop would line a hard hit ball to the outfield but straight to Bret in centre to end the game, Devils holding on to win 6-4.
This was a tight well pitched match resulting in a huge win for the Devils to keep their hopes of retaining the title alive. As for the Cannons they will rue leaving so many runners on base, knowing that one extra hit at key times could have fired them to victory.
MVP: Tristram, 5 solid innings and some nice plays at 3rd when the pressure was on.