Kennedy robs Hanley of home run to help A1 Bombers defeat Gremlins in ISC World Tournament

Written by Bob on August 13th, 2015

KennedyA1Bombers.1lr Darren Kennedy made a great catch in helping the A1 Bombers defeat the New York Gremlins in the semifinals of the 2015 ISC World Tournament, Thursday. Courtesy Photo

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A1 Bombers Devon McCullough was mowing down the New York Gremlins like Goliath swatting aside small villagers.

The 23 year old right-hander was spinning a no-hitter, had a 2-0 lead, and had the Gremlins down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh after striking out Rafael Flores and Bryan Abrey. Then disaster almost struck.

Brennen Pokoyoway, who had struck out twice, broke up McCullough’s no-hit bid by lacing a double into left-centerfield. That brought Jovan Hanley to the plate. He took a called third strike and then swung from the heels at a McCullough rise ball above the letters – coming up empty.

Now ahead in the count, McCullough – who has the best change up in the world tournament – tried to fool the right-side hitting Hanley with the off-speed, but the pitch hung belt high, dead center over the plate. And Hanley jumped all over it. The ball took off like a rocket and looked like it was destined to land over the left-field fence.

But left-fielder Darren Kennedy had other ideas. He raced back, timed his leap and caught the ball as he crashed over the white, breakaway fence, saving two runs and possibly the game for McCullough and the Bombers.

As Kennedy ran back to the infield, he was embraced by his teammates for making such an incredible catch – maybe the best defensive play in the tournament.

The win was huge for the Bombers (4-0), moving the New Yorkers into the winners bracket final against the defending world champion Hill United Chiefs (4-0) of Ontario, Canada who run-ruled J&B Painting of Calif., 8-0, in an earlier semifinal.

The Bombers scored single runs in the first on Marshall Kronk’s RBI single that scored Kris Walushka, who led off with a hit; and added their final run in the seventh when Gilbert Saenz drilled a triple and scored on an errant throw from the outfield.

Left-hander Andrew Kirkpatrick (3-1) pitched well for the Gremlins, giving up an earned run on six hits, with three walks and 11 strikeouts.

But on this night McCullough, who improved to 4-0 with 11 strikeouts – and in his previous outing fired a perfect game – pitched just a bit better, but with a huge assist from Kennedy, who also had a good outing at the plate going 2-for-3. Walushka was 2-for-4, and Kronk (RBI) and Saenz had one hit each.

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