After numerous days of rain, the conditions were perfect June 15 for the Marlins and Brewers to meet in a Jhawk Baseball game at Holcom.
The Marlins won the Lawrence Parks and Recreation game, 9-5.
Alex Chamberlain of the Marlins was the first batter to the plate to face Brewers pitcher Mike Robinson. Chamberlain hit the ball past shortstop Marco Jackson and into the outfield.
Two batters later, Sam Dillon knocked in two runs before being tagged out at second base. Robinson struck out Eric Long to end the inning with the Marlins ahead 2-0.
The Brewers quickly tied the game after Dillon walked five batters. Marlins head coach Kevin Dillon then changed pitchers, bringing Carrick Finnegan to the mound. The new pitcher ended the inning by striking out the next three batters.
"I have a four-walk rule, and I could tell that my son was having trouble with the strike zone," Coach Dillon, Sam's father, said. "I didn't want to hesitate in making the change."
In the top of the second inning Jacob Weber hit into a double play. Brewer shortstop Marco Jackson grabbed the ground ball, tagged the runner out at second and threw the ball to first base for the second out. The Marlins couldn't score, and the game remained tied, 2-all, through two innings.
The Marlins reached the five-run-per-inning limit in the third, which began with a double by Chamberlain. Robinson walked three batters before the Brewers made a pitching change, bringing in Jackson.
The new pitcher walked another batter before striking one out, but then Chamberlain had a bases-loaded hit with two outs. The Marlins ended the inning ahead 7-2.
The Marlins' pitching shut down the Brewers in the bottom of the third, and Finnegan added two more strikeouts, reaching seven for the game.
"The pitching change was a good decision because Finnegan came in and shut down their offense," Coach Dillon said.
Two more runners came home in the top of the fourth for the Marlins. Brandon Kueser also reached base after being hit by a pitch, but was stranded on base after a great throw from Jackson to first base for the third out of the inning.
As the time limit for the game neared, the Brewers had one more at-bat to mount a comeback. Dylan Ediger's single scored a run, and Philip Brandshaw's double to left-center field drove in two, but Finnegan struck out the next two batters, ending the game and preserving the win for the Marlins.
Brewers coach Wayne Foster told his team after the game that the last inning looked like a whole different game.
"We just need to play consistently and the win will be there for us," Foster said.
Kevin Dillon said the Brewers narrowed the gap at the end of the game, but Finnegan threw strikes at the right time.
"There are a lot of positives we can take away from this game," Dillon said. "We have had trouble with hitting, so it was good to that each kid got to bat four times."