Fan OK after being struck by foul ball
A Scrap Book of information from the Scrappers’ 5-1 loss to Vermont on Sunday.
SCARY MOMENT: In the top of the third inning, a seemingly harmless foul ball ended with a fan leaving Eastwood Field because of an injury.
After a swing by a Vermont batter, the ball beaned a woman sitting in Section 203, Row F on the top of her head, having made no movement to protect herself. Getting drilled on the head caused her head to bleed, and she left to go to a hospital after receiving attention from paramedics, assistant general manager of operations Brad Hooser said.
Her name was not released, but Hooser said the injury wasn’t serious and she left the stadium without going in an ambulance.
“It was a precautionary thing,” Hooser said. “Our paramedics weren’t concerned with anything – she didn’t have any blurred vision or anything. I was up there the whole time – she was OK.”
DANCING RELIEVERS: Although the morale surrounding the Scrappers isn’t too high, the Vermont Lake Monsters sure are enjoying themselves, which was obvious in the top of the eighth inning.
Luis Baez’s two-run home run left the stadium to give his team a 5-1 lead, and when it left the bat, there was little question that it was gone, with left fielder Josh McAdams taking one step off the crack of the bat before realizing he had no chance to catch it.
The homer flew over the visiting team’s bullpen, and the Lake Monster relievers celebrated by dancing in the bullpen. One reliever was doing the lasso as Baez put to bed any thoughts of a Mahoning Valley comeback.
“They’re a big part of our dugout,” Vermont centerfielder Boog Powell said. “They love getting into the game, even though they’re not in the dugout. They’re trying to pump us up even more.”
SCRAPPERS’ HITTING WOES CONTINUE: Mahoning Valley’s hitting struggles continued, especially with runners in scoring position.
The Scrappers managed six hits in the game, five of which came in the first three innings. With all the base runners early, the Scrappers couldn’t get runs across the plate, and they registered an 0-for-5 performance with runners in scoring position.
McAdams said the team is hitting the ball better than earlier this season, but the problem is that the players are hitting right at defenders instead of finding the gaps.
“If you look at the way we’ve been hitting, you would think that we’ve won 15 in a row,” McAdams said. “We smoke some balls. We’ve been fortunate enough to have balls fall in for bases hits but not with runners in scoring position, and when we get runners in scoring position, things just don’t go our way.”