NERDS Herd Rallies in Eighth to Beat Deep Dish 6-3

by Staff Writer


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JOLIET, IL — The NERDS Herd defeated the Chicago Deep Dish 6-3 in Friday's continuation of the City of Champions Cup game that was postponed on August 28. The NERDS Herd rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the come-from-behind victory.

The NERDS Herd scored four of their six runs in the eighth inning. Third baseman Brylie Ware scored in the frame on second baseman Matt McGarry’s RBI walk. Designated hitter Ryan Stacy doubled and scored in the frame on right fielder Caeden Harris’s RBI fielder’s choice. First baseman Justin Kunz also scored on Harris’s ground ball after the throw home by the Deep Dish ricocheted off of Stacy. McGarry scored the final run of the inning on center fielder Terence Doston's RBI groundout.

The NERDS Herd plated their other two runs in the first inning. Kunz batted Ware in with an RBI single, and Stacy doubled and scored on a past ball. Stacy was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in the win, while Ware was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Wes Albert was effective on the mound for the NERDS Herd. The righthander pitched six innings, striking out five while surrendering four hits and two walks. He gave up two runs, although only one was earned. 

Bubby Rossman earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts for the NERDS Herd, and Ian Krol struck out two batters in the ninth to earn the save.

Brock Stewart was solid in his first start for the Deep Dish, giving up two earned runs over five innings pitched. The righthander delivered four scoreless frames after coughing up two runs in the first inning. He allowed seven hits and struck out two in the no decision.

The Deep Dish scored all three of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Left fielder Dalys Binder tied the game up at two runs apiece in the fifth, lacing a single to left field to score center fielder Brandon Riley and catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni. (Only one of the runs Binder batted in counted as an RBI, since the second run scored after the ball was bobbled in the outfield.) Designated hitter Erik Ostberg ripped a leadoff double into the right-center field gap in the sixth, and later scored on first baseman Grant Buck’s sacrifice fly to give the Deep Dish a temporary lead.

The Deep Dish and the NERDS Herd will play again on Friday, August 28 at 7:05 p.m..

Game Recap:




Left on Base

Chicago Deep Dish




WP - Bubby Rossman (1-0)

LP - Cyrillo Watson (0-1)

SV - Ian Krol (1)

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game: Ryan Stacy (2-4, 2 2B, 2 R)


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