Scoreboard operators were busy at Armena Anniversary Park on Tuesday as the Armena Royals and the Bardo Athletics combined for 18 runs. Armena eventually won the offensive battle 10-8.
The teams totaled 25 hits, including six extra base hits in the game, in a game that resembled the late 90s and early 2000s PBL, less than a week after the teams combined for just seven hits in a 3-1 Royals win in Bardo.
Armena got their bats going early, scoring eight runs in the first inning to pull ahead. Pitcher Doug Morris started it off with a two-run triple by followed by an RBI single by Jason Buzzell, an RBI double by Adam Johnson, an RBI single by Clark Banack, an RBI single by Zenan Sherbaniuk and a two-run double by Ian Sherbaniuk.
The Armena Royals would not relinquish the lead as the Bardo Athletics were unable to weather a nine-run second inning deficit.
However, the scrappy Bardo Athletics didn’t go quietly. A three-run no-doubt bomb by Ken Braget kickstarted a methodical comeback that saw Bardo put the tying run on second with two outs in the seventh before reliever Lyndon Galvin got the final out to cap off a six-out save performance.
Even though Morris allowed seven runs over five innings he still recorded the victory. He struck out five, walked three and surrendered eight hits.
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