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Courtesy of Rich Ray 

Fremont, Nebraska-  Saturday night at Historic Moller Field, two teams entered play riding impressive winning streaks.  The Casper Spuds had won eleven straight games while The Fremont Moo had won seven.  At the end of the night, it was The Spuds who kept the positive momentum by downing Fremont 12-3.


Casper got on the board in the top of the first.  Against Fremont starter Brandt Phillips, The Spuds Elijah Reeves was hit by a pitch.  Then, Wesley Flatt drew a walk.  Two batters later, Josh Phillips hit a two-rbi double, to make it a 2-0 Spuds lead.


The biggest inning of the night occurred in the top of the third.  Casper sent eleven batters to the plate and brought in five runs.  Wesley Flatt was hit by a pitch.  After a wild pitch, Dylan Schlotterback reached on a throwing error by Moo shortstop Steven Espinoza, to put runners on the corners.  The next batter, Josh Phillips, hit a liner to right that skipped by Fremont right field Wyatt Yetter, and bounced underneath the right field fence, for a two-rbi ground-rule double, making it 4-0.  The next batter, Kenny Jackson, doubled off the right field fence, scoring Phillips, to make it 5-0.  Jackson would steal third, and on an errant throw, scored, putting the Spuds up, 6-0.  Three batters later, Chandler Stocking drew a walk, then, Maddox Henderson did the same.  Fremont went to the bullpen and brought in Luka Vukcevic.  On his first pitch, he hit Elijah Reeves, to load the bases.  Then, two pitches later, Vukcevic hit Wesley Flatt, to push across a run, making it 7-0, Casper.


The score remained the same until the top of the eighth.  Maddox Henderson led off with a single.  Then, Elijah Reeves doubled to left, to put runners at second and third.  Wesley Flatt got hit by a pitch, for the third time on the night, to load the bases.  Dylan Schlotterback hit an rbi single, scoring Henderson, to make it 8-0.  A passed ball allowed Elijah Reeves to score, pushing the tally to 9-0.  Two batters later, Kenny Jackson hit a ground ball to shortstop, scoring Flatt, to make it a 10-0 Spuds lead.


Casper added two more runs in the top of the ninth.  Against Fremont reliever Ryan Semin, Matt Marsic reached on a throwing error at short by Espinoza.  Then, Chandler Stocking was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second.  The next batter, Maddox Henderson, hit a grounder to third, forcing out Marsic,  but Dylan Brandenburg’s relay throw to first was wide, putting runners at second and third.  The next batter, Elijah Reeves, singled, scoring Stocking, to make it 11-0.  Then, Wesley Flatt hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Henderson, to push the score to 12-0, Casper.


Fremont finally showed some life in the bottom of the ninth.  With one out, Cooper Fuchino drew a walk.  Then, Tyrus Petsche doubled, to put runners at second and third.  The next batter, Stephen Espinoza, dumped a hit to left past the diving Marsic in left field, scoring Fuchino and Petsche, to make it 12-2.  Casper went to the bullpen and brought in Lorenzo Bailey.  Isaac Bonner flew out to center field for the second out, but Elijah Reeves threw to third and the ball went array, advancing Espinoza to third.  The next batter, Carson Burnett, delivered an rbi single, plating Espinoza, to make it 12-3.  Bailey was able to end the game by getting Trey Brooks to fly out to right field.


Casper (22-4, 3-0) won its twelfth straight game by scoring twelve runs off ten hits and committed two errors.  Fremont (18-12, 5-1) plated three runs off six hits, but had five errors.


Spuds starter Hayden Mullins (3-1) earned the win.  He pitched 8.1 innings, giving up two earned runs off five hits, struck out eight and walked one.  Lorenzo Bailey pitched 0.2 innings, giving up one hit.


Fremont starter Brandt Phillips (1-2) took the loss.  He pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three earned runs off four hits, struck out two, walked three, had one wild pitch and hit two batters.  Luka Vukcevic worked 5.1 innings, giving up three runs off five hits, struck out four and hit four batters.  Ryan Semin pitched 1.0 inning, giving up two unearned runs off one hit, and hit one batter.


Offensively for Casper, Elijah Reeves was 2-for-4 with an rbi.  Wesley Flatt was 1-for-2 and drove in one run.  Dylan Schlotterback was 1-for-6 with an rbi.  Josh Phillips was 2-for-5 with three rbi’s.  Kenny Jackson was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.


For Fremont, Stephan Espinoza was 1-for-4 with two rbi’s.  Carson Burnett was 1-for-4 and drove in one run.


The two teams will wrap up their short two-game series Sunday afternoon, at Historic Moller Field, at 5:05 p.m.


More information:  There are multiple promotions and events at Sunday’s game.  There will be a car show put on by The Fremont Car Club.  Vehicles will be shown before and during the game, with a winner announced on the field.  Also, it’s Buffalo Wild Wings Swing for Wings promotion.  If fans sign up at Buffalo Wild Wings, in Fremont, they may have a chance to swing for the fences and win wings for a year.  Also, mini helmet ice cream sundaes will be sold at the game.  Plus, all senior citizens, 60-and-over, get into the game for half price.  Plus it’s Family Fun Day , with all kids ages 6-14 getting free admission, with a valid ID.  Plus, kids get to run the bases after the game.  For tickets, go to: www.fremontmoo.com.


Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Big Dog Country, 98.9 FM and 1340 AM, KHUB.  Live audio will also stream live at: www.mixlr.com/fmoo.  Live video will stream live on YouTube at: BSDN Live.  Rich Ray will have the call with coverage beginning at 4:45 p.m.


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