Game #3- All the makings of a Reecee's Penut Butter Cup Commercial: Wranglers sweep with 4-0 win

By: Scoop Carter
ATV Correspondent

LURAY- The conversation all season long about Luray hitting and Luray pitching simply became magnified during the Wranglers impressive three game sweep of the Covington Lumberjacks.

Game 1 went to Luray on the strength of the left arm of Travis Smink (VMI). Smink dominated the contest as the home team captured a 3-0 victory. Game 2 belonged to Ryan Schimpf (4 of 5, 5 RBI's) and the rest of the offense as 25 Wranglers touched first base during the 10-5 victory. The series headed back up to Bulldog Field for Game 3 on Tuesday and just like in the commercials from the 70's and 80's where one person walks around with peanut butter and the other is eating milk chocolate until the bump into each other.

Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) turned in a pitching performance that rivaled ANY seen in the VBL this summer and Schimpf brought back flashes of Reggie Jackson by carrying a team offensively for three nights. Wimmers pitched 7 innings of 5 hit baseball while striking out 13 Lumberjacks. Covington did threatened in the top of the first inning by loading the bases but Wimmers retired Derrick Washington on a line drive to third baseman Gus Miller.

Schimpf (LSU) made it three straight games with a home run by taking a Noah Garza offering over the fence in right center field. The shot gave Luray a 1-0 lead that Wimmers and company would make stand up. Schimpf duplicated the dinger when the second baseman hit his fourth home run of the Finals to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

The home run that Steve Stropp (Florida International) added in the home half of the fifth inning to make it 3-0 was one for the highlight reel. Washington (Hill College) went back on the ball hit to straight away center field and proceeded to climb the wall. One night after bringing a home run back into the park of the bat of Jeff Jefferson down in Covington, Washington once again got to the ball from Stropp. This time his momentum caused him to flip over the 8 foot fence and out of play.

Washington had the ball jarred loose during the tumble but did manage to shake off the cob webs and remain in the game until the end. Luray added another run in the bottom of the sixth the old fashioned way. Jefferson singled and swiped second base and came around to score on a single by Jeremy Cruz (Stetson) to make the score 4-0.

Wimmers returned for the seventh inning and recorded two more strike outs and strand two of the eight Lumberjacks that reached base for the game. Ty Rivers collected two of the five Jacks base hits but was stranded both times. Donald Jordat and Owen Reid followed Wimmers to the mound and completed the shut out, allowing the Wranglers to claim their 2ND Jim Lineweaver Cup in the past 3 seasons.

BOX SCORE : Wranglers 4, Lumberjacks 0


WP- Wimmers

Home Runs- Schimpf (2, 1st inning off Garza, 4Th inning off Garza), Stropp (5Th off Jordan)


Bottom First: Wranglers
-Schimpf homered to right center

Bottom Fourth: Wranglers
-Schimpf homered to right field

Bottom Fifth : Wranglers
-Stropp homered to center field

Bottom Sixth : Wranglers
- Cruz singled to left, Jefferson scored

Attendance- 735

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