The postseason is a brand new season.
The game Monday night between the Rotary Orioles and the Community National Mets at Wild Red Berry Field demonstrated that principle.
The Orioles finished the regular season with a 3-9 record and the Mets were 7-5 — one of three Frank German teams above .500, all in the same division.
Like a wise man once said, that’s what they play the game.
The Orioles gained command of the game early on Monday and turned a five-run fifth into a 11-2 run-rule victory over the Mets. This win earns the Orioles a semifinal game against top seed Watco Nationals (10-2) at 6 p.m. tonight.
The bats were alive for the Orioles from the get-go.
Caleb Hemby led off the game with an infield single, reaching on a dribbler up the third base line which made throwing him out a difficult task. Matt Cashero singled and then Trenton Austin singled home Hemby on a screamer. Cashero teased his teammate from second base, “Are you trying to hit me?”
Community National starter Matt Lomshek retired the next three Orioles and the Mets promptly tied up the game in the bottom half of the opening stanza.
Derek VanBecelaere was hit-by-pitch and stole his way around to third, so No. 2 hitter Jake Beckmann could hit a groundball to the right side and get a run home for a 1-all score. “Good job, Jake. Way to do a job,” Mets head coach Eddie Lomshek shouted from his third base coaches’ box.
Orioles second baseman Brett Lewis, wearing his aesthetically-pleasing Man of Steel stirrups, reached on a walk and created a ruckus on the bases. He stole second and then he stole third and when he stole third, the Mets catcher overshot his third baseman into left field, scoring Lewis with the game-winning run. Hemby added an RBI double for a 3-1 lead.
Trevor Stover hit the first of his two-run singles for the Orioles in the third. Stover attempted to score later after another overthrow of third base but Mets left fielder Gabriel Canales charged and came up throwing with a perfect strike to retire Stover and get out of the inning down 6-1.
In the next half-inning, VanBecelaere drove in Canales with a double but the Orioles executed its relay perfectly and threw out VanBecelaere at third. The Mets would not score again, coming up empty in the fourth against Austin despite a double by Cade Simmons.
The Orioles forced the run-rule in the fifth with five runs on four hits. Three of the four hits produced runs — Zack Kunkler a RBI single, Stover a two-run single and Lewis a two-run single.
Stover paced the Orioles with four RBI, all on two-run singles.
Page 2 of 2 - The Via Christi Braves and the Comeau Jewelry Rockies will meet in the other semifinal tonight at Wild Red Berry.
Rotary Orioles 11, Community National Mets 2 (5 innings)
RO 123 05 — 11 10 0
CNM 101 0X — 2 3 2
Trenton Austin, Matt Cashero (3), Austin (4) and Caleb Hemby. Matt Lomshek, Cade Simmons (3) and Simmons, Derek VanBecelaere (3). WP: Austin. LP: Lomshek. 2B: Hemby; Simmons, VanBecelaere. SB: Brett Lewis 2, Zack Kunkler, Trevor Stover; VanBecelaere 2, Simmons 2. HBP: Kunkler; VanBecelaere.
Via Christi Braves 14, Knights of Columbus Cubs 4
KCC 400 0 — 4
VCB 427 1 — 14
CUBS (4) — Kubler 2-0-0, Kafka 2-0-0, Butcher 2-0-2, Burdette 1-0-0, Biggs 2-1-1, Tomassi 1-0-0, Herring 2-2-1, Rhodes 1-0-0, Duncan 1-0-0, Newby 1-0-0, Wiske 1-0-0.
BRAVES (14) — Freeman 2-0-1, Steele 2-0-1, Ptty 3-4-3, Wiemers 3-2-2, Wydick 3-3-3, Uttley 3-1-2, Boyd 3-0-1, Jurkovic 0-0-0, Foster 1-0-0.
Comeau Jewelry Rockies 6, Sonic Drive-In Mariners 5
SDM 103 001 — 5
CJR 201 102 — 6
MARINERS (5) — Jameson 2-0-2, James 1-0-0, Cleland 3-2-2, Elkamil 3-2-3, Weidert 2-0-0, Rink 3-1-0, Basauri 3-0-0, Barber 2-0-0, Marler 2-0-0, Anderson 0-0-0, Kunkel 0-0-0.
ROCKIES (6) — Chastain 2-0-2, Dungan 3-1-1, Sours 2-1-2, Gromer 2-1-0, Bolinger 2-0-0, Berryman 1-0-0, Nelson 2-0-0, Lawrence 2-0-1, Russell 2-2-2, Titterington 2-0-0, Campbell 2-0-1.