SeaWolves claim victory over RubberDucks
By Connor Silverman
The difference in the game was a three-run seventh inning rally by the SeaWolves triggered by a two-run triple by Erie’s Jason Krizan off Akron starter Shawn Morimando. Krizan eventually scored on a single by Corey Jones to make the score 6-4. The Akron offense was led by Tim Fedroff, who hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI double in the fourth.
The game day experience was awesome! I watched the game from the press box with representatives of the RubberDuck’s public relations team and other beat writers who provided insight about the team, the ballpark and minor league baseball. The RubberDucks also provided me with an opportunity to tour the entire ballpark. I was able to see the inner workings of a professional baseball team, including the locker rooms, weight room and warm-up batting cage. The players walked near the locker room area before the game and I could see them warming up in the batting cage. I also walked around the entire concourse of the ballpark, sampled several food items, and walked into the RubberDucks dugout.
Visiting the RubberDucks’ dugout was the most memorable part of the day because it was there that I had a chance to meet and interview RubberDucks’ manager Dave Wallace. He spoke about his four years as a coach and manager in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system and his approach to motivating his players. He said he realizes how hard the game of baseball is and constantly remains positive and provides his players with encouragement to be successful and to reach their goals. He has managed several players who have played in the major leagues. He also spoke about Francisco Lindor, one of the best prospects in all of baseball, who was on the team earlier this season. He said that it was easy to pen Lindor into the lineup each day because he was such a good player he made him look good as the manager. He added that Lindor is as good a person as a baseball player. Only a few years removed from his own career as a professional baseball player, Wallace seems like he relates well to his young roster. He also asked me about my interests in journalism and sports and wished me the best of luck and told me to go for it!
Despite the loss to the SeaWolves, the RubberDucks have clinched a spot in the Eastern League playoffs. The RubberDucks opened the playoffs at Canal Park yesterday, Sept. 3, for Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinals vs. the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Game 2 will take place tonight, Sept. 4, at 6:35 p.m. For tickets, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151.
Editor’s note: West Side Leader Journalism Day is presented by the West Side Leader and the Akron RubberDucks and offers young, aspiring journalists in fourth through 11th grades to see what it’s like to cover a professional baseball team for a day through Aug. 31.
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