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Welcome everyone back to another game recap of the competitive division at the Miracle League of Michigan. After postponing Saturday’s game due to the holidays and Tuesday’s game due to weather, we got back on schedule with the Detroit Tigers facing off against the Seattle Mariners. It was a game mostly dominated by the Mariners as they inched their way closer to first place. Incredible defensive stops put the Mariners in a position to take control of the ball game. And they made sure to capitalize on every available opportunity.

To start off the top of the first inning Jacob Horton made a great play at shortstop scooping the ball and firing a rocket down to first base where Brett Hall caught it for the first out of the game. The next at bat, Christian Dean would be the one making the key defensive stop as he threw to Hall for the second straight out. And after allowing Austen Wilcox a single, they would get Jeff Whitfield out at first on another excellent stop by Dean and Hall to close the inning.

In the bottom half, the Mariners would jump to an early lead, but not before Austen Wilcox would make a play that should be considered on a highlight reel. He made an incredible running catch to record the first out of the inning when Dean hit a shallow popup just before first base. But it would be the only beautiful stop of the inning as the Mariners flexed their muscles and showed just how easily they could dominate.

Dale Edwards hit a ground rule double followed by Hall with a single of his own and Horton with a hard rip down the third base side for an RBI single. Andrew Meeker would then load the bases in a play that would make the cameraman jump out of the way to avoid interfering with the play. Camera work midair is something everybody can laugh at! 🙂 Anyway, back to the action, with Meeker hitting the single, that loaded the bases for Jacob Collard. Collard has been an excellent home run hitter this year and had an opportunity for a grand slam and a mercy for the inning. And he didn’t dissapoint! With a blast to deep left center, he easily cleared the wall to bring all the runs home and go up 5-0 on the Tigers heading into the top of the second half.

And it just seemed like Dean and Hall stole the show at yesterday’s game. They made the first out of the inning as well with a quick throw to first. Harrison Lilly and Ian Edgar both had great games for the Tigers. They both singled in the second to get themselves in scoring position. Ian Smith would also have a nice outfield single before being forced out at second base on Lilly’s hit. We weren’t able to capture the out at second and therefore unsure who the play was made by, but excellent heads up defensive stop to whoever you are. Blake Jackson and Nick Cross would both single bringing in the first and only run of the inning. With Rueda at the plate, he hit a bullet down the third base line, but Collard had a step on the ball, grabbing it and stepping on third base for the final out.

In the top of the second, it was more from the Mariners as they forced their second mercy. The whole team contributed this inning with singles and doubles on almost every at bat. Jacob Tromblay came close to being the first in Miracle League history of breaking the camera on his blast to deep center that made the cameraman jump. He went for a double on the play with an unconventional stop start when the outfield overthrew the ball and created an error. Brittany Jagodzinski would hit a two RBI ground rule double. Another RBi single would then bring Brittany in followed by two more singles to force the mercy.

But with the Tigers down 10 – 1 heading into the top of the third inning, they would not go down without a fight. Known for being scrappy, they clawed their way back into the game. Wilcox and Whitfield would start off the inning with a single and ground rule double respectively. Joe Rockett would bring in the first run with his RBI single. Ian Smith would bring in another run followed by an RBI single by Edgar. Nick Cross and Santiago Rueda would bring in the final two runs to force the mercy.

Down 10 – 6, going into the bottom of the third, the Tigers would need to play some stellar defense in order to have a chance at winning. While they were shaky at the beginning allowing four straight hits and a run to come in, they tightened up quickly. After a strike out, the Tigers then turned a double play when Ian Smith ran the ball to second and threw across to first to beat the base runner. What an incredible play he made!

And so in dramatic fashion as always is the case at the Miracle League of Michigan, the game would come down to the top of the fourth inning with the Tigers down 5, 11 – 6. If they could run the table and force a mercy, it would tie the ballgame and force the Mariners into the bottom half of the fourth. And they would make it interesting as their bats started to come alive. They were able to score two runs and have the bases loaded. But with two outs, one from a force at second and a strike out, the Tigers were on their last breath with Nick Cross at the plate. And boy did he get a solid piece of the ball as it sailed to the outfield. The crowd thought two runs were coming in to make this a one run game when Jagodzinski tracked the ball down in the outfield and sniped it out of the air for the final out of the game. The crowd and players went crazy when seeing the catch.

What a ball game it was. Excellent defensive play and a lower scoring game from two of the top teams in the league. It will for sure be a great rematch in a few more weeks as these guys go at it one more time before playoffs. Don’t forget to check out the video below for all of the spectacular plays by these Miracle League players.

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