Ellefritz has been on a role lately hitting 20 for his last 23 (in four games) and on Saturday Ellefritz was perfect going 3-3 in game one and 5-5 in game two.
In game 1, the Phenoms played at the Playaz. Mike Holst and Rich Hoxie each had 4 RBI en route to a Phenoms 16-14 victory. Ellefritz went 3-3 and had 3 RBI for the losing Playaz.
Game two is where the excitement was.
The Playaz looking for redemption were on the road vs the Gremlins and the Playaz got off to a hot start. After four innings of play, the Playaz had a commanding 12-3 lead. After five innings, all of a sudden the lead was just 14-9.
In the 7th inning down by two, the Gremlins rallied. Ellefritz led off the inning with a double to left center which turned out to be his 1,000th career hit and that put him at 5-5 for the game. Ryan Kerber then singled moving Ellefritz to third. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Rick Ulloa hit a towering shot over DJ Borkovec's head in center. Ellefritz and Kerber both scored with Ulloa moving to third on the throw. That tied the game at 15.
Keith Youngs was then intentionally walked sending Nick Larson to the plate with the winning run on third. Larson hit a hard shot to third off the glove of Nate Bates at third base. Ulloa had to hold at third despite Holst not fielding the ball cleanly. However Bates retrieved the ball and threw to second to force out Youngs and then Ulloa broke for home. Anthony Reese who was covering second fired home to Ashton Hardy who caught the ball and applied the tag on Ulloa to complete the double play and keep the game alive.
Larson made it safely to first. Scott Raes then stepped up in an attempt to win the game. He crushed one to right center field but unfortunately it hopped over the wall for a ground rule double forcing Larson to hold up at third. It was then up to Ryan Barton who hit a hard ground ball past third in to left field scoring Larson which won the game for the Gremlins.
Ellefritz for the day between the two games went 8-8 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored and a double.