Red Sox, winners of four in a row, faced the 3rd place Nationals last Monday night. Each team had eight wins. Only the sun was hotter than the Red Sox bats, but it was the sun coupled with Nationals defense that won out. Jayden, Sam, Avery and Alex hit well – each getting three hits apiece. Down by seven, the Sox pride showed up in the game’s last at bats. The team batted around and scored five runs to close the Nationals’ lead to two. Charlie, with players on base, hit it hard but the Nationals infield made a great play to get Charlie at first base by inches. This game could have gone either way – at the end the Nationals got the call and the win, 8-6.
The final game of the season prove to be the best. The hard hitting Mariners jumped out to a 10-4 lead midway through the third inning. And then the Red Sox lumber company went to work as nine batters came to the plate. The Sox cut the Mariners’ lead to 10-9 with a triple by Luke, doubles by Sam (3-4), Avery, and Alex, and singles by Jayden (3-4), Allie, Nathan (3-4), and Charlie (2-4). Not to be denied, Mariners got four in the fourth taking their lead to 14-9, only to again face the Sox’ bats and another Red Sox five spot which tied the score, 14-14. The Sox defense held the Mariners in the top of the fifth. Allie hit a single to open the Sox bottom of the fifth, followed by Avery’s (4-4) second home run of the game, and a double by Jayden and a single by Nathan, and the Sox finally had the lead 17-14. Mariners showed heart by taking the lead back 18-17, but that was only a prelude for the grand finale. With one out, Alex (4-5) hit a single. After a viliant at bat, Allie (3-4) made the second out. Luke(3-4) already with a triple in the game, hit a line shot over third base that rolled all the way to the wall. Alex scored to tie the game, and Luke beat the throw to home to give the Red Sox a walk off victory, 19-18. The Red Sox finished the season in fourth place with 9 wins and 5 losses. Great Job Sox!