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FARMINGTON — Momentum can change a game in a few pitches.

That was the case Monday in Game 8 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park when the Midland Redskins put together a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning, taking the lead from the Frozen Ropes and going on to win 6-3.

After striking out the first five batters he faced, Frozen Ropes pitcher Remey Reed had Midland's Zach Shannon down in the count 0-2 in the bottom of the second before throwing four straight balls to put Shannon aboard. The walk sparked the Redskins, who put up four runs in the inning, including a bases-loaded triple from center fielder DJ Wilson.

Midland Redskins’ Brandon Montgomery completes a play to first base, assisted by teammate Trey Miller, on Monday during Game 8 of the Connie Mack
Midland Redskins' Brandon Montgomery completes a play to first base, assisted by teammate Trey Miller, on Monday during Game 8 of the Connie Mack World Series against the Frozen Ropes at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

"We got a big hit out of (Jeren) Kendall, but the big hit in that inning was by our nine-hole hitter, Trey Miller, getting that line drive to center field," said Midland coach Dave Evans. "And then of course DJ getting a triple in the gap. That's the play of the game."

The four Redskins runs were especially important because the Frozen Ropes had put up three runs in the top of the inning, starting with designated hitter Harrison Hull being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

Hull came around to score from first in the next at bat on a Jason Reitmeier double. Reitmeier would also score for the Ropes on a wild pitch, and Brady Manning would touch home on an RBI double from Montana Sadler. The offensive spark from the Ropes forced Evans to go to his bullpen early, bringing in Brad Kirschner for starter Rodney Hutchison.

"Brad was outstanding. We put him in a tough situation, but he got a big out there in the second inning and got us out without any further damage," Evans said of Kirschner. "And then he cruised the rest of the game. He used all three of his pitches, was very crafty and just did a great job for us."

Kirschner held Texas' Frozen Ropes scoreless the rest of the game, allowing four hits and striking out seven in 5.1 innings.

"I felt great," Kirschner said after the game. "I kept them at three runs, and I knew that my offense had enough to come around, so I didn't panic or anything like that — just hitting the glove and knowing my defense was behind me. It's a big adrenaline boost, especially when you see your team wanting to fight behind you. This team never gives up, as you can tell the first game. We just keep fighting, and that's why I knew it wasn't over."

In Midland's first game on Friday, it took extra innings for the club out of Cincinnati to get past host Strike Zone 3-2.

On Monday, the Redskins defense helped Kirschner out in the fourth, making plays for the second and third outs of the inning after back-to-back singles from Reitmeier and Brady Usherwood put two on with one out for the Ropes.

"When the lefty came in, he did a number on us there for awhile," Frozen Ropes manager Danny Florence said of Kirschner. "We strung two or three hits together but just couldn't get anything going to get that next run in."

The Redskins added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, stretching the lead to 6-3.

"It makes it a lot easier on you in the seventh inning when you have that three-run cushion," Evans said.

With the win, Midland earns a bye into round four, where the team will play the winner of tonight's D-BAT Gallegos and D-BAT Leach.

The loss sends Frozen Ropes to a loser-out game against South Troy at noon today.

Karl Schneider covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.