Playing their final home game with an 8-8 record, the A’s were hoping to survive the day with a split since they had dropped an earlier game to The Mojo earlier in the season.
Billy Massingale filled in at the mound for the A’s and got the complete game win, going the distance striking out two and walking two.
The Mojo could only muster three hits on the day off the aging right-hander.
The A’s offense was on point in game one, in which they defeated The Mojo 12-1.
In the first, Chris Reed drove in two on a double, and he was chased home by an RBI single from Will Ellis.
In the second, Robby “Taco” Mcintire hit a double that just missed going out, scoring Jonathon “Ozzy” Robinson who had singled. Tyler Cross and Ryan Bruce added RBI hits in the inning as well.
The Mojo got their lone run on the board after a single off the hot bat of Josh Walker, who then stole second and was advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Massingale stepped in and hit one to the fence which was caught by Joe Greenwood, but still gave Hindman the chance to come in for lone Mojo run of game one.
The A’s kept the bats hot in the fifth, batting around and scoring four more runs. Doubles by Ellis, Mcintire and Brad “Hitman” Weir led the charge. Singles from Cross, Phil Pass, Steve Currie and Jerry Weaver capped off the inning.
Game two looked to go the other way in the beginning.
The A’s had the hard throwing Coty Green and his league leading .089 ERA on the bump, but that didn’t intimidate The Mojo, which quickly got on the board first with one run in the second off an RBI single laced off the bat of Jon Crowe.
The Mojo mixed in some more hits to touch Green again in the fifth with hits by Colby Dills and Josh Hindman and then another RBI single from Crowe. Also adding hits for the Mojo were Jamaal Greene and Jeremiah Dills.
Two runs was all they could scrape though as Green locked it down with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Nick Clerc took the loss for The Mojo.
Offensively for the A’s, Ryan Bruce had a great day going 2-3 with a triple and two RBI. David Flores turned on a fastball for a three run homer. Green also helped secure the win by smashing two singles.
The A’s took game two by the final of 7-2
Cleveland improved to 10-8 on the year with The Mojo right on their heels at 7-9-1. Both of the Bradley County teams are representing Cleveland well in the National Adult Baseball League out of Chattanooga by being fourth and fifth respectively with two games to go on the season.
With two more wins, each team has a chance to move up in the final standings which will improve seedings for the playoffs.
The A’s will play the Boynton Bravest at Central High School on July 20 at 1:30 and 4 p.m.
The Mojo have two remaining matchups with the Chickamauga Tigers at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences on the July 20, also at 1:30 and 4 p.m.