Harrogate’s offence was an unrelenting force last Sunday as they racked up 42 runs over five innings. They accumulated 29 hits with every starting player earning at least one hit in the game. Masa Koshien was the standout player in the game going five-for-five with three singles, one double and a home run to collect seven runs batted in. Steve Reid and Scott Spurlock also collected five hits apiece, adding to the Harrogate offence’s exhibition.
Koshien was also successful on the mound. Through five innings he allowed one earned run on only one hit. He walked five batters which ultimately let Oldham score their two runs. His rocky start was contained to the first inning and afterwards he was exceptional.
Oldham’s pitcher Denzel Schraeder struggled from the outset as the Tigers scored 21 runs in the first inning alone. Command failed Oldham’s pitching staff as they gave up 12 walks and hit three batters, giving Harrogate unearned baserunners. Robbing Koshien of a no-hitter was Barton, who recorded Oldham's only hit.
Matt Boswell was the starting pitcher for the Tigers after a long layoff from pitching. He allowed five walks and two hit batters over the first three innings which was possibly caused due his lack of recent pitching experience. Oldham’s offence timed Boswell better in the second game and managed to score in each of their batting innings.
Barton was the starting pitcher for Oldham but didn’t fare much better than Schraeder had in the first game. The Tigers romped ahead once again scoring 14 runs in the first inning on nine hits and seven walks. The Tigers added seven more runs in the second and third inning before finishing the scoring in the fourth inning with four more runs.
Koshien came back on the mound in the final two innings as Boswell walked the first two batters in the fourth inning. Koshien continued were he left off and closed out the game to secure the Harrogate win.
The top hitters for Harrogate once again included Spurlock who went four-for-five and Brian Zinda who went three-for-four.
The Tigers good offensive performance sets them up for a showdown between themselves (currently second in the league) and first place Hull Scorpions.