Reds walk it off in 13-inning marathon, go undefeatedJuly 26, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Patience pays off.
How many times has one been told that in their lifetime? Well, on Sunday, it rang true for the 2020 Jasper Reds, who found themselves engaged in a 13-inning affair with the Sandlot Stars at Alvin C. Ruxer Field. However, it wasn’t until the last half of that 13th inning that they were able to put the game away — with four walks sealing the deal.
Bo Daves of the Reds (9-0) stepped in with the bases loaded and one out with a chance to win the game against Stars pitcher Kyle Stuckey. The Reds had already drawn three walks against Stuckey to load the bases, and a pitch to Daves high and inside for ball four clinched a third straight undefeated regular season for the Reds as 2020 Forest Park grad Gavin Knust trotted home. Their 5-4 win made it their 43rd consecutive regular-season victory in the team’s season finale.
“Bobby (Alles, the team’s business manager) always charges $2 to get in,” Reds manager Bill Alles said. “I call him, ‘Two-Dollar Bob.’ He could’ve charged 25 today, and they’d have gotten their money’s worth.”
Bill noted that his players had trouble making contact in the game, with the team failing to capitalize off their chances too many times. He had hoped his players would eventually put the bat on the ball, but instead, the plate discipline pushed the Reds across the finish line to give Bill an undefeated 22nd season as Reds manager.
What Bill will miss the most about this team was their ability to come from behind against tough opponents. They trailed, 2-0, in the bottom of the seventh inning before putting up a four-spot with six outs until perfection. However, the Stars made them work for that perfection, getting two runs in the top of the eighth. They tied it on an RBI single from Stuckey, and that’s what the score remained until the 13th.
Weston Allen, a 2020 Southridge grad, relieved Daves in the top of the eighth after the Stars tied it, and he stayed on the mound for the Reds for the duration of the game. He ran into some trouble, with Raiders senior Ethan Bell taking third base off an Allen balk and representing the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th, or getting around two runners on base when Camden Gasser, another Southridge senior, flew out to former Southridge teammate Tucker Schank in left field.
Yet, Allen bounced back to fan two in the top of the 13th, including Bell, to send it to the bottom half. His performance earned him the win, as Stuckey took the loss.
Allen went almost as long as Reds starting pitcher Carter Stamm did on Carter Stamm Day. Stamm went 5.1 innings, getting pulled with one out in the top of the sixth, and earning a no decision as the 2020 Jasper graduate got to play on his high school home field one more time before he heads off to the University of Southern Indiana.
“I’m going to miss a lot from playing here,” Stamm said. “This is a great facility to play at, and I’m just going to miss playing for (Wildcats) Coach (Terry) Gobert and for my Jasper team.”
It very well could’ve been Carter Stamm Day on a few other days and nights this summer, given the fact that he went 3-0 and stood tall when the Reds needed him. Stamm credited his slider pitch for helping him have the success he had. He was the pitcher of record on the losing side when the Stars scored in the top of the sixth, and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. But Jasper senior Grant Stratton’s game-tying RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to bring in fellow Wildcats senior Ross Peter made sure Stamm would not lose on his day.
The Reds held a drawing to determine which lucky fans would take home some baseballs Stamm autographed before the game, and said fans had their ticket numbers called as the game progressed.
Bill appreciates that Stamm did everything the Reds asked of him, and more.
“If you wanted to make a guy out and say, ‘Here’s a kind of guy you want to coach,’ you’d come up with Carter Stamm,” the veteran coach said. “He just has a ‘give me the ball’ attitude. He wants to go to the plate, he just wants to keep playing and he wants to win. That’s what you want. You want somebody that’s going to go out there and just give you 100 percent — and he does that every time out.”
It was hardly a guarantee there’d be any Reds games this summer, let alone nine of them, with the COVID-19 pandemic getting in the way of so many facets of life, but Bill was thankful to Huntingburg Parks Director Larry Altstadt for letting the team play some games at League Stadium, and also to the town of Dubois for allowing them to have Reece Bauer Day on July 19.
Sunday’s game concluded Bob’s 48th season with the Reds, who haven’t lost a regular-season game since July 7, 2017, against the St. Louis Eagles in his 45th season. Bob told The Herald that players who play for the Reds have to want to go undefeated themselves.
Sure, they struck out and made errors, but Bob wanted his players to hustle, and for the most part, they did that, as he was getting choked up and tried hard to fight back tears after the game.
“We’re just very proud of our organization, and really happy,” an emotional Bob said.
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