The Cleveland A’s adult league baseball team faced the Chattanooga Orioles in a twin bill home opener matchup on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Coty Green pitched a gem in game one for the A’s and was “lights out,” throwing a two-hit, 6-0 shutout. Game two saw the A’s sweep the Orioles by a score of 8-3.
Green pitched a complete game, giving up two hits, one walk and striking out 15.
He was really locating the ball very well and only giving batters the outer half of the plate. “Offensively in game one, we scored early,” said A’s coach Billy Massingale.
Dalton Montgomery led off for the A’s, getting plunked in the shoulder. Tyler Hogan, Tyler Cross and Steve Currie collected singles to put the A’s out front 3-0. The A’s tacked on two more in the fourth off a Chris Reed single. Ryan Bruce reached on an error, a walk to Charlie Brown and then back-to-back hits from Robby Mcintire and Coty Green plated two. Bruce added another RBI hit in the sixth to score Currie, giving the A’s all the runs needed to win the first game.
In game two, the A’s continued to have solid pitching and timely hitting. Currie got the start and it was a little rocky to begin with; he walked the lead-off batter and gave up a double and a single that put the A’s down 2-0.
The A’s scored one in the second inning off a hit by Mcintire. A passed ball moved up Massingale, who came in to pinch run for Mcintire. On the next pitch, Massingale stole third then was driven in by Reed.
The A’s broke it open in the fifth with a lead-off walk to Reed then back-to-back doubles off the wall by newcomer David Flores Green and Tyler Hogan, who crushed a clutch two-out double over the head of the Orioles’ center fielder. Hogan delivered again in the seventh with a two-out single, plating one. He was followed by a hard hit single from former Bradley bear Tyler Cross, adding two more RBIs to his four RBI day. Mcintire came in to pitch the last inning, getting the heart of the order on three ground balls to the infield.
“It was a great start to the new season after dropping last week’s opening game to the North Georgia Braves. We are sitting at 2-1 now. It’s early in the season but I’d much rather be tied for first than down 0-3,” said Massingale. “We have added some strong pitching to the already-potent offense so this should be a great year to improve on our fourth place finish last year.
“In this league, it all boils down to pitching. We have added Coty Green to our rotation as well as Cleveland’s own Walker Gerren, who will be making his A’s debut in our next start. We still have two strong lefties in Steve Currie and Robby "Taco" Mcintire. Also, we will get some starts from Tyler Cross, Tyler Hogan and later in the year former Bradley and Cleveland State standout Tanner Thompson. It’s shaping up to be a solid year. We play most Sundays at the old Charleston High School field at 1:30 and 4 p.m.
For schedule information or to request a tryout, contact manager and head coach Billy Massingale at 423-6937319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.