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Mammoths Win in Sudden Victory Over Hoppers, 2-1

June 29th, 2024

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UTICA, Mich. – The Westside Woolly Mammoths (10-7) won the second game of the doubleheader in sudden victory and move to 6-1 against the USPBL’s best record Eastside Diamond Hoppers (12-7), Saturday at Jimmy John’s Field.

Scoring would come sooner in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader. The Mammoth’s started game two hot, totaling three hits in the first inning. Jose Cedeno began the scoring for Westside, hitting a double, before stealing third and earning a run off of a wild pitch.

Whit Hughes tied the game at 1-1 for the Hoppers with an RBI single in the second inning. The pond would be full of Hoppers as Eastside loaded the bases off of walks in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Mammoths made a well-executed pitching change. Jacob Myer led the Mammoths out of the tough situation, allowing no runners to score.

The regulation ended in a tie, meaning that the USPBL Sudden Victory rules would apply. The Mammoths loaded the bases, and Alex Garbacik scored the winning run home after Nick Pastore was walked into loaded bases.

The sudden victory format is as follows: a coin toss will take place at home plate between the managers of both teams. The home team will call their selection as the umpire tosses the coin. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they will take the field defensively or bat in the inning. The team at bat will remain the same batting order as the previous inning with the hitter making the last out placed at first base. If the team scores a run, they win. If they are held scoreless, the victory goes to the team on defense.

Written by: Ethan Desjardine