With no margin for error, the LBLL Angels (13-4) are in the midst of a 6 game win streak, playing their final 3 games in 4 days. It continued late Friday in a rescheduled-rainout game against the RHLL Twins – the top team in RHLL Intermediates and perhaps on the entire Hill this season. Needing a victory to have a shot at a meaningful division deciding Saturday game against the LBLL Dodgers, the Angels pitching rotation was without their ace Sully Townley who had hurled a gem just 2 days earlier. So the ball was handed to Wesley Wang to face the formidable Twins lineup that had put up 28 runs in a game earlier this season and had steamrolled the Angels 17-6 in their previous meeting.
Wang more than held his own on Friday striking out 5 and making it into the 4th with a 3-run lead before handing the game over to the rocket-armed Franco Correa. Avi Desai appeared to sprout wings in centerfield making a number of outstanding plays on hard hit balls during the action packed contest. It was a complete Angels’ team effort, but the story of the day was the Angels hitting. Bennett Hong in particular has been on a tear punishing baseballs with his big yellow bat over the past several games, and despite an offensive outburst by the Twins in the 3rd, the workmanlike Angels never wavered and never allowed the visitors to take the lead at any point in the game.
It was an exciting game up to the very end, but great at bats and timely hitting by the middle to bottom of the Angels’ order ultimately slammed the door on any late-game rally by the Twins. The hard fought game ended with a 17-11 Halos victory – and a chance at to play the LBLL Dodgers (13-4) for all the regular season marbles in the LBLL regular season finale.
Coach Shannon Townley told reporters after the game, “I feel we can beat anybody right now, but we still have work to do – so there is no way you are going to get me to say it”.
The LBLL Intermediate action continues Saturday morning at 8:30 as the Astros duke it out with the Cubs in a final tune up for the playoffs, and the Angels take on the Dodgers and their ace Laton Hunter in the division deciding game at 4:00 pm. Don't miss it!