On a hot Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland A's and the Charleston Indians squared off for the first ever meeting between the two teams in front of a packed house at the old Charleston High School field. The crowd was not disappointed as the teams gave them something to cheer about.
The Cleveland A’s knew going in that the Indians record didn't reflect the type of team they are — they have some tough losses on the year and it is known that they can put up some runs.
Billy Massingale started for the A’s, and went three innings striking out three. The Indians went quietly in order in the first but that was the only easy inning Massingale had.
In the second, the Indians scored one and in the third they put up a four spot highlighted by a 3 run homer from Bill Tarver.
In the fourth, Tyler Hogan came in and held the Indians at bay. Hogan gave up one run before settling in and holding the battling Indians scoreless. Robby "Taco" Mcintire came in and locked down the seventh, facing the minimum.
Offensively, the A's started off sluggish, and going into the fifth inning it was a 5-5 tie game. The fifth inning was to be the big inning the A’s have needed all year. Twelve batters went to the plate scoring seven runs. That was big for the A’s, as they have had the chance to do that several times this year and haven’t produced.
Cleveland added some insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings, with the final score being 17-6.
Tyler Cross, Brad Weir, Adam Hunsucker, Will Ellis, Josh Spurlock and Billy Massingale each had two hits on the day. The A’s will hope to carry that momentum into tomorrow's double header with the Boyton Braves.
There is a wealth of talent in this community and it showed today with this game.
The A's are now 9-2 on the year with the Indians sitting at 4-6 overall.