Colo. Springs, COLORADO After a rainout Monday night, the Rocky Mountain Vibes played host to the Orem Owlz Tuesday night for the first doubleheader (two 7-inning games) in team history. The Vibes won Game One 7-6, coming from behind to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, and then walking the game off in the bottom of the seventh to take game one of both the series and the twin bill. In Game Two, the Vibes fell behind 3-0, took a 4-3 lead on the Vibes’ first-ever grand slam, fell into a 4-4 tie, and then scored two late runs in the sixth to win Game Two 6-4 and complete the doubleheader sweep over Orem.
After a rainout last night forced a doubleheader today, Game One kicked off promptly at 4:30 p.m. Despite no runs in the first inning, both teams scored a pair of runs in the second. After Orem scored two, the Vibes answered in the bottom half of the frame. Micah Bello drew a one-out walk, scoring on a Nick Egnatuk two-out double. A Carlos Rodriguez single scored Egnatuk to tie the game at two runs apiece.
In the next half inning, in the top of the third, Orem scored four more runs to take a substantial lead. Will Wilson led off with a homer, then after back-to-back singles David Clawson hit a two-RBI double. Morgan McCullough immediately followed up with an RBI single to make it a four-run game at 6-2.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, with two outs already on the board, the Vibes’ offense roared to life. Bello hit a single, advancing to second on a José Sibrian single. Egnatuk was then hit-by-pitch to load the bases for pinch-hitter Bryan Torres, who hit an RBI single which—paired with an Orem throwing error—cleared the bases. Rodriguez then slapped his second single and third hit of the game to plate Torres and tie the game at 6-6.
Edwin Sanó led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a four-pitch walk for the Vibes, reaching third on a well-executed hit ‘n run by Nick Kahle to put runners on the corners with no outs, with the winning run 90 feet from home. On the very next pitch, Jess Williams laid down a beautiful bunt single to score Sanó to let the Vibes walkoff Game One, 7-6 over Orem.
Just as in Game One, in Game Two the Owlz struck first with a pair of runs, this time in the top of the very first inning to go up 2-0. After a quick and quiet second inning, the Owlz scored again in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the third inning, the Vibes responded loudly with the first grand slam in team history. Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning, moving to second on a Cam Devanney single. Torres then drew a walk to load the bases for Kahle, who then belted the first grand slam in Vibes history, sending the Vibes from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 lead in the process.
The Owlz answered right away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a sole run to tie the game at 4-4.
For the second time in as many games, the Vibes offense showed up in a big way in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kahle and Bello both reached on walks, with Egnatuk coming into the game to pinch-run for Kahle as the lead runner. Luis Avalo then singled to load the bases, and Luis Avila followed suit with a single of his own to plate two and give the Vibes a 6-4 lead. That would prove to be enough as the Vibes took Game Two, completing the doubleheader sweep over Orem.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes continue their seven-game homestand tomorrow with the third and final game against the Orem Owlz, with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m.