Marine City Maniax

2011 Game Recaps

GAME 21-MANIAX 11, Michigan Marauders 0 (5 Innings)

Tyler Pearson nearly threw his second career no-hitter in the mercy rule victory.  Pearson allowed just one single in the 5th inning and struck out eight batters in the final league game of the season.  Pearson only allowed one other hitter to reach base and that was on a walk in the 4th inning.  Offensively for the Maniax, Jarrett Mathison pounded out a triple and an inside-the-park home run in the win, and also drove in three runs.  Other offensive contributers were Alex May (2 run double), Kenton Rivard (single, 2 SB, 3 runs), Charlie Brody (single, RBI, 2 runs), Zach Haehnle (single), Devin Skatzka (single), and Nick Robinson (Sac Fly, 2 RBI).  The Maniax finish out the league season with a record of 14-3 and will likely finish in either 2nd or 3rd place.  Their overall record now stands 17-5.



GAME 20-MANIAX 6, Warren Bandits 1

The Maniax continued to play nearly perfect baseball in the convincing win over a tough Bandit team.  Charlie Brody put together another quality start and got the win on the mound.  Brody threw the first four innings, striking out three and walking two while allowing six hits.  In the top of the 5th, the Bandits loaded the bases with nobody out with the Maniax up just 3-1, and Nick Robinson came in in relief of Brody.  On his first pitch, Robinson got just what the doctor ordered...a groundball right back to the pitcher for a clutch 1-2-3 double play (Pete Patsalis also started a 8-4 double play earlier in the game).  The Bandits never really threatened again.  Offensively, Nick Robinson scorched his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the second inning.  Devin Skatzka also added some insurance runs in the bottom of the 5th with a towering three-run homer to put the game out of reach.  Skatzka also added a double in the game.  Pete Patsalis was 2-3 with a pair of singles, while Jarrett Mathison and Zach Haehnle each added singles.  The Maniax are now on a 7 game winning streak and their record is 16-5 overall and 13-3 in the league.  During the win streak, the Maniax have outscored their opponents 63-14!!



GAME 19-MANIAX 1, Chesterfield Colts 0 (8 Innings)

All I can really say about this one is...WHAT A GAME!!  The Maniax and Colts took a scoreless tie into extra innings, mainly because of an awesome pitching performance by Devin Skatzka...with a little relief help from Nick Robinson.  Skatzka pitched the first six innings, striking out eight batters and walking six.  Skatzka allowed just one single in his six innings of work.  Nick Robinson entered the game in the 7th inning and pitched the final two innings.  Robinson struck out one and allowed one hit.  In the decisive 8th inning, Skatzka led off the frame with what looked like a clutch double...but he shocked everyone at the field by not stopping at second.  Skatzka slid into third and narrowly avoided the tag for the leadoff triple.  Charlie Brody then stepped into the box with a chance to play hero...and he did just that.  After running the cound to 0-2, Brody put solid contact on to a Colt fastball and drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly.  Other players collecting hits for the Maniax were Jarrett Mathison with a double and Pete Patsalis and Brandon Robinson with singles.  The Maniax are now 15-5 overall and 12-3 in the MABF due to a forfeit win over the Macomb Sting.

GAME BALL:  Devin Skatzka


GAME 18-MANIAX 16, Shelby White Sox 3

The offensive onslaught continued against the White Sox in the second straight mercy rule victory, this one being a non-league contest.  Johnnie Moreton led the offense with a single, double, two runs, and three RBI's, while Tyler Pearson also put together a solid game, going 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI's.  Kenton Rivard, Brandon Robinson, and Jarrett Mathison each doubled and scored a pair of runs, and Alex May had a single and a pair of RBI's.  Other offensive standouts for the Maniax included Nick Robinson (single, two runs, RBI), Devin Skatzka (single, run, two SB), and Sebastian Seeger (single, two runs, RBI, SB).  The Maniax are now 13-5 overall and 10-3 in the MABF.



GAME 17-MANIAX 12, Shelby White Sox 1

The Maniax put together an amazing team performance in the mercy rule win over the rival Shelby White Sox.  Jarrett Mathison put on a show for the huge home crowd of...oh...about 23 people, in the win.  Mathison got the win on the mound, throwing 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball and struck out four.  Mathison also went 4-4 at the plate with three runs scored, four RBI's, and a 2-run walk-off mercy rule home run.  Nick Robinson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to preserve the win, striking out one.  Devin Skatzka got the Maniax off on the right foot in the bottom of the first inning as he "finally muscled up" and blasted a grand slam home run to put the Maniax up 4-0.  Skatzka also had a single and a pair of runs scored.  Pete Patsalis pitched in with a pair of singles and two runs scored, while Kenton Rivard also collected two singles and a run scored.  Other Maniax with singles in the game were Brandon Robinson (RBI) and Tyler Pearson.  The Maniax win pushes their record to 10-3 in the league and 12-5 overall.


HONORARY GAME BALL:  DEVIN SKATZKA (I gave him the grand slam ball;)


GAME 16-MANIAX 10, Motor City Mechanics 5

The Maniax staged a late rally after the Motor City Mechanics took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning.  Pete Patsalis tied the game with an RBI single in the 5th inning, one of his three hits on the game, followed by a clutch, pinch-hit, 2-run single by Charlie Brody.  Brandon Robinson finished off the scoring in the 5th with an RBI single.  The Maniax put across three more runs in the 7th inning on an RBI single by Patsalis and a couple of Mechanics errors.  Johnnie Moreton pitched in with a pair of singles and two runs scored, while Tyler Pearson and Alex May each added singles in the win.  May started the game on the mound but was on the receiving end of some poor Maniax defense which didn't allow him to get out of the 4th inning.  May allowed four runs, none of which were earned, and struck out one in his 3 2/3 innings of work.  Nick Robinson got the win in relief of May, throwing 2 1/3 innings and allowing no runs and no hits.  Robinson struck out two and walked one.  Kenton Rivard pitched the last inning and allowed one run.  The Maniax have now put together a modest three-game winning streak, pushing their league record to 9-3 and their overall record to 11-5.



GAME 15-MANIAX 5, Detroit Metro Stars-Red 4

Charlie Brody picked up the win on the mound in relief of starter Devin Skatzka, as well as driving home the game winning run in the 6th inning against a tough Metro Stars team.  Skatzka struggled with his control in the first 3 1/3 innings but didn't allow a single hit and struck out seven, while Brody pitched a near flawless 3 2/3 innings for the win.  Brody allowed just two singles and two walks while striking out four.  Skatzka was the other offensive hero as well, going 2-3 with a double, single, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.  Zach Haehnle had a clutch 2-out RBI single and Jarrett Mathison added a 2-run double.  Other players collecting singles were Johnnie Moreton, Nick Robinson, Charlie Brody, and Kenton Rivard.  The Maniax now stand at 8-3 in the MABF and 10-5 overall.



GAME 14-MANIAX 6, SCS Mariners 0

The Maniax got back into the win column with an impressive victory over a tough Mariners squad.  Nick Robinson was dominant in the win, throwing six strong innings while striking out nine and walking six.  Robinson allowed just two hits on the day.  Devin Skatzka pitched a perfect final inning to preserve the win.  Alex May led the offense with a single, double, and three RBI's, while Brandon Robinson was 1-3 with a 2-run homerun.  Stakzka added an RBI double, while Jarrett Mathison, Nick Robinson, Johnnie Moreton, Sebastian Seeger, and Tyler Pearson all pitched in with singles.  Charlie Brody drew three walks and scored a pair of runs in the win.  The Maniax pushed their record to 7-3 in the league and 9-5 overall.



GAME 13-Warren Mudcats 11, MANIAX 6

The Maniax struggled mightily on defense in an ugly MABF league loss to the Mudcats.  Alex May got the loss on the mound, throwing 3 1/3 innings and allowing six hits.  Tyler Pearson threw the final 2 1/3 innings for the Maniax and allowed just two hits.  Unfortunately, the Maniax had seven errors in the field behind both pitchers.  Offensively, May was 1-2 with two RBI's while Devin Skatzka was 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Other players collecting singles for the Maniax were Pete Patsalis, Sebastian Seeger, and Johnnie Moreton.  The Maniax are now 6-3 in the league and 8-5 overall.


GAME 12-MANIAX 7, Chesterfield Rockets-Orange 5

Nick Robinson got the Maniax back in the winning mood with a complete game victory over league foe Chesterfield.  Robinson struck out six and walked six, while allowing five hits and four earned runs.  Jarrett Mathison was 2-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI, while Zach Haehnle was the only other Maniax player with more than one hit as he went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored.  Alex May was 1-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Brandon Robinson was 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  "BRob" also gunned down three runners trying to steal 2nd base.  Other batters collecting hits were Johnnie Moreton (RBI, SB) and Nick Robinson (RBI), while Tyler Pearson played a solid team game with a pair of sacrifice bunts, both of which eventually led to runs.  The Maniax are now 6-2 in the league and 8-4 overall.



GAME 11-Chesterfield Rockets-Navy 15, MANIAX 3 (6 innings)

Charlie Brody put together a good performance in his first career start for the Maniax, but costly errors and a lack of timely hitting hurt the Maniax in the league loss.  Brody threw 4 innings, allowing six earned runs while striking out six and walking four.  Tyler Pearson and Alex May each threw an inning in relief.  Pete Patsalis had a 2-Run single for the Maniax, while Jarrett Mathison picked up the only other RBI with a bases loaded hit by pitch.  Nick Robinson, Zach Haehnle, and Johnnie Moreton each picked up singles in the loss, and Moreton and Haehnle each had runs scored.  The Maniax are now 5-2 in the MABF and 7-4 Overall.


GAME 10-Detroit Metro Stars-Blue 16, MANIAX 3 (5 innings)

The Maniax played some sloppy defense and had a hard time throwing strikes in the 5 inning mercy rule loss.  Alex May took the loss on the mound, throwing only 1/3 of an inning, and Nick Robinson, Jarrett Mathison, and Brandon Robinson also saw time on the mound.  Nick Robinson, Charlie Brody, and Brandon Robinson (2 RBI's) each had doubles in the loss, with Zach Haehnle and Jarrett Mathison each pitching in with singles.  Devin Skatzka was the only Maniax player with more than one hit as he was 2-3 with a pair of singles.  The Maniax finished the CABA Tournament with a 1-2 record and their overall record now stands at 7-3.


GAME 9-Motor City Baseball 19, MANIAX 4 (3 innings)

There isn't much to say about this game that the score doesn't already say!  The Maniax ran into one of the hottest hitting teams they have ever seen in the mercy rule loss.  Devin Skatzka took the loss on the mound, with Tyler Pearson and Brandon Robinson also seeing time on the hill.  Offensively, the Maniax could only muster singles from Pete Patsalis, Charlie Brody, and Devin Skatzka (RBI) in the game.  The Maniax record is now 7-2 overall.


GAME 8-MANIAX 10, Macomb County Crocs 9 (6 innings)

The Maniax pulled off the most exciting victory in Maniax history with a thrilling come-from-behind win against the rival Crocs.  The Maniax, faced with a time limit, were down 9-7 going into the bottom of the last inning.  Johnnie Moreton got things started with an infield single, followed by Kenton Rivard reaching on a hit by pitch.  Then Jarrett Mathison stepped up and roped a double to right field, scoring both runners.  Then, as the right fielder struggled to pick the ball up and send it in to the cutoff, Mathison advanced to third base.  Fortunately for the Maniax, the cutoff man over threw third base and Mathison scored the game winning run.  Nick Robinson started on the mound, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing 8 earned runs, while striking out five and walking five.  Alex May got the win in relief, throwing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Robinson, striking out one and not allowing a hit.  Offensively, Mathison was 2-4 with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored.  Sebastian Seeger was the only other player with more than one hit, as he went 2-2 with a run scored.  Other hits were collected by Pete Patsalis (RBI), Brandon Robinson (RBI), Devin Statzka (Double), Nick Robinson, Charlie Brody, Alex May (RBI), and Moreton (RBI). 



GAME 7-MANIAX 10, Warren Warriors 0 (6 innings)

Tyler Pearson twirled his fifth career complete game and his first career shutout in the mercy rule victory.  Pearson struck out just two hitters but allowed only three hits and three walks in the win.  He was supported by some great defense as Jarrett Mathison and Johnnie Morton each turned clutch double plays with runners in scoring position.  Offensively, Brandon Robinson continued to hammer the ball as he went 4-4 with a run scored and two RBI's.  B-Rob currently has a streak of 6 consecutive at bats with hits.  Brother Nick Robinson was 1-3 with a double and three runs scored, while Jarrett Mathison was 1-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Other players collecting hits were Tyler Pearson, Johnnie Moreton (RBI), Zach Haehnle, Kenton Rivard (RBI), Charlie Brody, and Devin Skatzka (RBI).  The 12 total hits by the Maniax was a season-high for the team.  Pete Patsalis also pitched in with a sacrifice fly and RBI.  The Maniax are now 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the league.



GAME 6-MANIAX 6, Utica Saints 3

The Maniax rebounded from their first loss of the season with a victory over the Saints.  Alex May remained unbeaten on the mound as a member of the Maniax, throwing a complete game victory.  May struck out four and allowed just four hits in the game.  Offensively, Pete Patsalis was 2-4 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI, while Jarrett Mathison was 2-3 with two runs scored.  Brandon Robinson also collected a pair of hits and an RBI in the win, while Charlie Brody had an RBI groundout.  The Maniax are now 5-1 on the season and 4-1 in league games.



GAME 5-Blue Water Mudhens 7, MANIAX 3

The Maniax dropped their first game of the year against a tough Mudhens team.  Nick Robinson took the loss on the mound, going all six innings, striking out nine and walking three.  Four of the seven runs he allowed were earned.  Devin Skatzka led the offense, going 2-2 with a double, RBI, and run scored, while Nick Robinson pitched in with a triple and a run scored.  Those were the only hits the Maniax could muster against a tough Mudhen pitcher, but Kenton Rivard had an RBI groundout and Jarrett Mathison had a pair of walks and a run scored.  The Maniax are now 4-1 on the season overall and 3-1 in the MABF.


GAME 4-MANIAX 9, Michigan Sea Wolves 5

The Maniax showed a lot of guts in coming back from a five run deficit in the 4th inning to post the win over a tough Sea Wolves team.  Jarrett Mathison got the win on the mound, going four strong innings, striking out six and walking three.  Nick Robinson came in and posted a strong three inning save to cement the win.  Robinson struck out four and gave up just one hit while walking one.  The key inning was the fourth as the Maniax put up a 6 spot rally.  After scoring a pair of runs, Johnnie Morton laid down a perfect squeeze bunt with no one covering first for an RBI single.  The key hits in the inning were a two-out, two-run single by Charlie Brody to tie the game, followed by a clutch RBI double by Devin Skatzka.  Pete Patsalis continued his torrid hitting with a double and a single, while Brody and Robinson each also had two hits in the game.  Both Robinson and Alex May each scored a pair of runs in the win.  The Maniax are now 4-0 on the year. 



GAME 3-MANIAX 11, Tri-City Sabercats 1 (6 Innings)

Alex May pushed his career pitching record to 8-0 for the Maniax in the mercy rule non-league victory.  May went the distance on the mound, striking out two and walking two, while allowing six singles.  Jarrett Mathison...or should I say MASHison...continued to pound the ball offensively for the "AX", going 3-4 with a double, two singles, three runs scored, and four stolen bases.  Devin Skatzka was 2-4 with two runs scored along with catching his first full game in a Maniax uniform.  Other base hits were collected by Pete Patsalis and Johnnie Moreton, and Nick Robinson had an RBI double to drive home the mercy rule run in the bottom of the 6th.  May reached base four times, getting walked three times and reaching on an error.  Skatzka, May, and Patsalis each scored two runs.  The Maniax are now 3-0 on the season overall and 2-0 in league games.



GAME 2-MANIAX 13, Tri-City Sabercats 8

Tyler Pearson came one out from pitching a complete game as the Maniax won game one of a double header against the Tri-City Sabercats.  Pearson struck out 9 in his 6 2/3 innings of work, walking only one and allowing 10 hits.  Jarrett Mathison paced the offense, going 3-5 with 3 RBI's and a run scored, while Pete Patsalis pitched in with a double, single, and a run scored.  Charlie Brody and Devin Skatzka each had RBI doubles, Johnnie Morton had a double, and Sebastian Seeger had a single in the win.  The offensive highlight came in the bottom of the 6th as Kenton "Whiplash" Rivard stepped to the plate for his first Federation at bat and crunched a two-run homer.  When asked how it felt after hitting the homerun, Rivard responded with, "Like Jesus on ice skates".  The Maniax are 2-0 in the league after the win.



GAME 1-MANIAX 4, Detroit Cyclones 1

The season got off to a sloppy, yet successful start as the Maniax clawed their way to a big opening game win against the Detroit Cyclones.  Nick Robinson got the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing just two hits and one unearned run.  He struggled with his control at times, walking seven, but pitched his way out of several very big jams and had seven big strikeouts to go with it.  Devin Stakzka got the save on the mound, throwing the final two innings in relief, striking out two and walking two, while allowing no hits.  Pete Patsalis paced the offense with a single, double, and a pair of stolen bases, while Skazka also contributed with a triple, two runs scored, and three stolen bases.  Charlie Brody had a huge RBI double to put the Maniax up 4-1 in the third.  Jarrett Mathison and Alex May each had a single and an RBI, and Tyler Pearson pitched in with a single of his own.  The Maniax are 1-0 on the season.