- Aug 12:
- Winning the CMWS: D-BAT Gallegos manager credits his mentor for teaching him about baseball, life
- Aug 9:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos, Midland dominate Connie Mack World Series awards
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos sweeps Midland Redskins to win series title
- Aug 8:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 19, D-BAT Gallegos vs. Midland Redskins
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 7
- Aug 7:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos' seventh-inning rally knocks out Danville in Game 16
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins hammer D-BAT Gallegos 10-3 in Game 15
- Aug 6:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 6
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach eliminates Carolina Vaqueros in Game 14
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots advance past South Troy Dodgers in Game 13
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 15, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Gallegos
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos remains unbeaten, topping D-BAT Leach 4-3 in Game 12
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros walk off Bill Hood in Game 11
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 5
- Aug 5:
- CMWS 2014: South Troy stays alive, beating Frozen Ropes 2-1 in Game 10
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 12, D-BAT Gallegos vs. D-BAT Leach
- Aug 4:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach survives scare from Bill Hood in Game 9
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 4
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins rally to beat Frozen Ropes 6-3 in Game 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 9, D-BAT Leach vs. Bill Hood Baseball
- CMWS 2014: Season ends for Strike Zone after 16-2 loss to Danville Hoots
- Aug 3:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 3
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers eliminate Detroit Metro Stars from series after 5-1 victory in Game 7
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood's Zach Clark claims Home Run Derby title
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 6, Strike Zone vs. Danville Hoots
- Aug 2:
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood blanks Detroit Metro Stars 3-0 in Game 5
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach blasts South Troy in five innings in Game 4
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos beats Danville Hoots 7-5 in Game 3
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 5, Bill Hood Baseball vs. Detroit Metro Stars
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 1
- Aug 1:
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes slam Carolina Vaqueros in opening game
- CMWS 2014: New mascot, Hall of Fame inductees are among highlights of opening ceremony
- Connie Mack World Series Parade introduces 10 teams to Farmington
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 2, Midland Redskins vs. Strike Zone
- Jul 31:
- CMWS 2014: Read about the teams competing for the Connie Mack World Series title
- CMWS 2014: Strike Zone will make its fifth consecutive series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros hopes for first title since 1994
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach makes second straight series appearance
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers make back-to-back series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Detroit Metro Stars make their first tournament appearance
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos brings talented group to the series
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins look for their 14th championship
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes looks to make a deeper run
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots brings a young team to the series
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood Baseball returns to series for first time since 2010
FARMINGTON — With one out and the bases loaded, Midland's Brandon Montgomery hit a shot to the left field wall to walk off against Strike Zone, winning 3-2 in Friday's nightcap of the opening day of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park.
"You have to win this game," said Midland coach Dave Evans after the win. "In the last inning, the seventh inning, we got the two daggon runs to tie it up. That's what baseball's all about. It all evens out."
While the game evened out in Midland's favor, it left the host team with a feeling of disappointment.
"It was a good battle. It's just one of those games, though," Strike Zone head coach Adam Morrissey said after the game. "It leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you're on the receiving end of it, though. We've done that to teams before, but it sucks when it happens to you."
Midland Redskins' Ty Duvall hits a line drive on Friday during Game 2 of the Connie Mack World Series against Strike Zone on Friday at Ricketts Park in Farmington (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)
Midland pitcher Alex Lange wasted no time setting a defensive tone for the Redskins, striking out the side while hitting 94 mph on the gun.
But Strike Zone loaded the bases after centerfielder Austin Davis drew a one out walk in the top of the third. After Connor Calvert popped out for the inning's second out, short stop Lance Lee hit a slow roller to third. Midland's Greg Deichman fielded the ball and threw to first for the out that would end the inning. But the throw hit Lee in the shoulder, ricocheting into foul territory and allowing Casey Dunlap and Matt Knickerbocker to score on the play to make it 2-0 Strike Zone.
It looked like Midland was going to answer in bottom of the third, loading the bases with two outs. But Strike Zone pitcher Justin Phillips got Deichman to roll over on the pitch, hitting into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
"Outstanding," is how Morrissey summed up Phillips' performance on the mound.
"He did everything I expected him to and threw a great game," he said.
Phillips said after the game he felt good on the mound, getting the Midland hitters to roll over on a lot of the pitches by keeping them off balance with a variety of off-speed pitches.
Offensively, Strike Zone picked up the top of the fourth where they left things in the third, getting Ethan Spellbring to third with one out. But Lange rang up Lawrence Mayberry and Dunlap to get out of the jam.
Liam Sabino would reach third for Midland with one out in the bottom of the fifth, to set up a scoring opportunity for the Redskins. But on the next at bat, DJ Wilson hit a hard grounder to Calvert at first, who gunned it home to get Sabino at the plate and keep Midland off the board.
Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, Midland got new life when Zach Shannon reached second after a wild throw to first trying to get the force.
Shannon reached third after Jeren Kendall hit a bloop single up the middle, putting runners on the corners with no outs and prompting a change on the mound for Strike Zone, bringing James Harrington in for Phillips.
Shannon would touch home for Midland on a Ty Duvall sacrifice to make it 2-1 Strike Zone.
Midland then tied the game on a Sabino single that brought Kendall home and sent the game to extra innings.
The game stayed even at 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth when Brandon Montgomery walked off with the bases loaded to win 3-2.
The win gives Midland, who will play the Frozen Ropes at 5:15 p.m. Monday, a confidence they didn't quite have coming into Friday night's game.
"We were a little nervous coming in," Montgomery said of the opening game, "but we'll come through and win it."