September 12th, 2004
Round 2, Game 2
Clinton at Kane County
E-Pena, Furtado, LOB-Kings-6, Cougars-8, RLISP-Kings-3, Cougars-3, 2B-Furtado, Kruezer, Wayment, HR-Appert (Herrera), RBI-Kruezer, Bubela, Appert, Castillo 2, Wayment 2, SB-Kruezer, Grayson, DP-Ingram (Brannon)(1-2-3)
HB-Robnett (Frydendall), SO-Pena 2, Frostad, Grayson, Hatcher, Bubela, Clark 2, Cashman, Ingram, Appert, Putnam, Castillo, Brown, Robnett, Wayment, BB-Kruezer, Grayson, Hatcher, Ingram, Spanos, Kim, Wayment
The Cougars took game two of the series against Clinton to advance to the Midwest League Championship series against West Michigan.
The time for revenge was upon us. Last year in the playoff series against Clinton we took the first game, and then thy swept the other two in our home park - too eliminate us.The Cougars scored two in the first and then single runs in four other innings to take the game 6-2. The bullpen did a nice job for the Cougars in keeping the lead.
With one out in the first inning, Luke Appert singled to right. Vasili Spanos then singled to left. One out later, David Castillo singled to left to score both Appert and Spanos.
The Kings would come back with two runs of their own in the fourth inning off of Cougar starter Jared Trout. With one out Micah Furtado lined one over the centerfielders head for a double. Josh Kruezer doubled to left to score Furtado. Larry Grayson reached on a fielder's choice, with Kruzer being out heading to third, on a ball hit to short. Grayson then stole second. Justin Hatcher walked. Dane Bubela singled to center to score Grayson. The Cougars then brought in Brigmer Leon who struck out Cody Clark to end the inning.
One out in the fourth, Eddie Kim walked. Trevor Brown then reached on a error by the shortstop. The ball went straight through his legs. Rich Robnett then singled to left to load the bases. Kory Wayment worked the count and eventually walked to force in Kim. Brian Ingram grounded into an inning ending double play,, with Brown being out at home and Ingram out at first.
In the fifth with one out, Spanos walked. Dan Putnam then singled to left. One out later, Kim reached on an error by the second baseman. Spanos would score, and Putnam went to third. Brown then poped out to center to end the inning. Luke Appert hit a solo homer to led off the seventh inning. In the eighth the Cougars would score their final run. With two outs, Robnett was hit by a pitch. Wayment then doubled to right to score Robnett.
The pen held and did a nice job.Brigmer Leon did a great job of getting out of trouble in the fourth then pitching the next two innings. Justin Crowder and Jason Windsor pitched perfect innings. Dan Fyvie had a little trouble but got throgh it unscaved. With one out, Abigal Sandoval singled to right. Furtado then singled to center. Kruezer poped out to second. Fyvie struck out Grayson to end the inning. Windsor struck out Hatcher and Cashman in the ninth to end the game