A thirteen-inning slugfest between the number one seeded Nationals and the number two seeded Reds turned into a late inning nail biter.
The Nats fell behind 2-0 in the early going, as the Reds tagged Nat hurler Caleb Crabtree for two bingos in the second and one tally in the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, the Nationals could only muster a single run against Reds starter Brandon Jackson, that coming in the second frame.
The contest stayed at 3-1 in favor of the Reds into the seventh, when the league leading Nats tied the score in their final at bat of regulation play.
Not until the eleventh did the scoreboard change, with both teams etching a single run into the scorebook. By that time, the Reds and The Nationals had changed pitchers several times. The Reds used both Colin Rickenbaugh and Darrell Baehman in relief of Jackson. The Nats brought in Blayde Weaver for Crabtree in the fifth, and the lanky righty was good through the ninth.
Enter Clint McKnight, and the former Tradewater Pirate became the right tonic, allowing just a single run in the eleventh inning. Adam Whitehouse entered for the Reds about that time, and a 4-4 tie lasted until the thirteenth, when the Nats sealed the win when the winning run came home on a passed ball.
Final- Nationals 5 Reds 4.
The Nats consequently take both the regular season and post season TABA titles. McKnight recorded the win, with Whitehouse taking the hard luck loss for the Red legs.
In the opening elimination game, the second seeded Reds disposed of the Red Sox, 3-1. Austin Rush was the complete game winner for the Reds.
With the TABA regular and post season complete, all 2018 players should now inform their coaches of their interest for 2019. We will complete all plans by the end of March 2019.
The fees, rosters and schedules will be finalized earlier for the 2019 season. We are discussing entry into the Men’s Adult Baseball League beginning in 2019. This will mean a move to MABL rules for all play. Beginning in 2019, the TABA is planning to become a MABL league, with all teams following MABL rules, regulations and fee schedules. If you need more information regarding how the MABL impacts you as a player, see information for MABL baseball on the web.
Next Sunday, league players will take on Clarksville, Tenn., in a doubleheader at 2 and 5 p.m. at Riverside Park.