Colorado Springs, COLORADO After the Orem Owlz mounted a crushing come-from-behind rally in the ninth inning last night to take game two, the Rocky Mountain Vibes responded by demolishing the Owlz tonight 14-4 to retake a series lead, two games to one.
For the second night in a row the Vibes scored in the first inning, though they only scored one last night, whereas tonight they plated six in the first inning, five of which came before there was an out recorded by Orem. By the time the first ended, the Vibes had already batted around.
Nick Egnatuk opened things up with not just his first homer of 2019, but also the first leadoff home run in Vibes history. Carlos Rodriguez, Joe Gray Jr., and Bryan Torres followed up with back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Cam Devanney, who hit a bases-clearing double to make it 4-0. Nick Kahle followed up with a single to plate Devanney, before José Sibrian flew out for the first out of the inning. Edwin Sanó responded to the out with a single and yet another RBI for the Vibes to make it 6-0 for what would be the last run of the long inning, but not before the Vibes had batted all the way around with Egnatuk striking out to end the inning.
The Owlz reduced the Vibes’ lead to just four runs in the top of the third inning, scoring a pair of runs to make it 6-2. D’Shawn Knowles led off with a walk, and Jose Verrier tripled him home for the Owlz’ first run of the night. Caleb Scires then grounded out, scoring Verrier easily from third for their second run of the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Vibes scored again to extend their lead back up to five runs. Kahle hit a one-out single, advancing to second on an Orem error. Sano then hit his second RBI single of the night to make it a 7-2 ballgame.
The Rocky Mountain crew went back to work in the bottom of the fifth, really busting the game open with another four runs. Devanney hit a one-out double, Kahle hit a single, and Sibrian singled to score Devanney. Sano, Jess Williams, and Egnatuk all drew walks to force in two runs to make it 10-2, and a sacrifice fly scored Sano to make it an 11-2 affair.
The Vibes refused to take their foot off the gas pedal, scoring three more in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs on the board already, Devanney hit his third double of the night, Kahle walked, and Sibrian doubled to bring both home to make it 13-2. Sano then reached on the Owlz’ fourth error of the game, which also allowed Sibrian to score to give the Vibes a dozen-run lead at 14-2.
The Owlz didn’t go quietly into the night, scoring two more runs in the ninth inning to make it 14-4, but it was too little too late, with the Vibes taking game three easily.
The Vibes are home for their second-to-last homestand of 2019, set to wrap up tomorrow. The Vibes are hosting the Orem Owlz for a four-game set before the team heads out on their final road trip of the year on 8/26.