Week 2, Game 1: Angels vs Cats
There was an ominous sky looming as the Cats took the field for game one against the Angels. Aaron Troyansky was off to a good start on the mound retiring three of the first four and fighting through a brief rain delay in the first.
Nicolas Migeot marched out for the Angels, and after allowing a leadoff single he bore down to get the next few outs without any damage being done. Nicolas led off the top of the second for the Angels with a line drive to centerfield that bounced past the centerfielder advancing him to second. With a man on second and no outs Ludovic Geuquet singled, and there were runners on first and third no outs. Florentin Goyens followed with a groundball up the middle that the Cats turned for a double play. The first blood of the game was drawn; the angels led 1-0.
The bottom of the second was relatively uneventful as Nicolas only allowed one runner to reach base. Then the Angels were right back at it; Thomas Vandenabeele started things up with a walk and Jerome Sana followed with a single. Thomas Stevens grounded to short, the Cats tried to turn it, but the throw was late and bounced away from the first basemen. This allowed Vandenabeele to score on the play, making the tally 2-0 Angels.
The Cats started the inning with the top of their lineup and were poised to do some damage. Kristof Van Droogenbroeck hit a ground ball to third and reached base on a throwing error. Nicolas stormed back striking out the next batter, but then the Cats responded with three singles in a row. When the dust had settled, the score stood 3-2 Cats.
The next few innings were quiet. Finally, in the top of the eighth, Sana reached base to start the inning. Stevens followed with a single, and the Angels had runners on first and second with no outs. Cedric Nauts laid one down, the ball rolled slowly up the third baseline. The pitcher, Ethan Guevin sprung off the mound to field the ball. It was a tough play, and the throw to first came up a little short, loading the bases for the Angels. Migeot helped himself out with a single through the left side of the infield, driving in two, and taking the lead for the Angels 4-3.
With runners on second the third and one out, Goyens lined one to centerfield driving in two more. The Angels weren’t done and with two outs Adrien Stokart singled and Adrien Geuquet walked to start things back up for the Angels. Vandenabeele singled to drive in one more extending the Angels lead. Sana reached base and stole second putting runners on second and third for Stevens, who lined one to left plating the final two runs of the inning. After was all said and done the score stood 10-3 Angels.
The damage was done and the Cats were not able to push any across in the last two innings. Nicolas Migeot pitched a complete game, struck out six, and is credited with the win.
Week 2, Game 2: Angels vs Cats
It was a cold stormy day as the Cats and the Angels prepared for the final game of the weekend. For the second day in a row it was raining as the home team took the field. Cedric Desmedt was on the hill for the Angels and came out hard retiring the first three batters in order.
The bats were quiet for the first few innings and first blood came for the Angels in the third. Thomas Vandenabeele started things off with a walk. The next two batters loaded the bases and Cedric Nauts recorded the Angel’s first hit of the game driving in one. Angels led 1-0.
All was quiet until the bottom of the fifth. Jerome Sana was hit by a pitch and Thomas Stevens walked. The Angels had runners on first and second with one out. Cedric Nauts hit a ground ball to short, the throw bounced away from the first basemen allowing Sana to score and Stevens to advance to third. Then Theodore De Bellefroid singled to left field, plating Stevens. Angels lead 3-0. The Angels weren’t done yet, Nicolas Migeot doubled, scoring two. When the final out of the inning was recorded the Angels led 6-0.
Cedric shut the door on the Cats and soon after the Angels were back at the plate. Stevens lined one down the left field line to start the inning, and advanced to third on Theodore De Bellefroid’s double to right. Migeot 2 for 4 on the day, recorded his third RBI, with a single to left. With the bases loaded and two outs Jerome Sana, doubled to left center field, driving in two. The Angels led 11-0.
Desmedt retired the next three Cats in order to end the game. Desmedt pitched seven innings, allowed two hits, struck out seven, and is credited with the win.