As we have been accustomed to this season, when the opposing team hits first they tend to put a big scoring inning on the ‘dawgs; and that looked to be the case in this game as the Bats had a 1-0 lead with one out and runners at second and third. However, the Riverdog defense held tight by recording the next two outs and held the Bats to a single run for the inning. The Riverdogs then exploded for six runs of their own in the bottom of the inning taking a 6-1 lead. The game became a nip and tuck affair and was tied at 12 when Bobby broke the tie with a 3 run BOMB in the fourth inning to go up 15-12. The Riverdogs tacked on three more runs after and only allowed 1 more run to the Bats to seal the victory.
The Riverdogs were led by, er…who are we kidding here, Bobby was the star of the show as he recorded his second straight 4-4 hitting performance; which included his three-run homerun. Congrats to Bobby on his first career HR. Bobby also added three singles, 5 total RBI and 2 runs scored.
Five Riverdogs had three hits each as Matthew N. went 3-3 with a triple, 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; Jacob and Blake both went 3-4 with 3 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; Caden with 3-3 with a double and 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; and Weston went 3-3 with 3 singles and 2 RBI.
Three Riverdogs had two hits each as Nolan went 2-2 with a double and a single, 4 RBI and 1 run scored; Matthew D. went 2-2 with 2 singles and 3 runs scored; and Caleb went 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Carter and Nicky D. added a hit each. Carter added 1 RBI and 2 runs scored while Nicky D. added a RBI and a run scored.
Defensively, the ‘dawgs played well overall and set the tone in the first inning. However, two things stood out: in the top of the 6th with the Bats trying to mount their comeback, a Bats hitter cracked one down the right field line to the fence. The ball was fielded but over threw the cutoff man. Matthew D., who was at pitcher backed up the throw, noticed the eager Bats runner trying to get to third, and threw to Jacob at third who slapped the tag to get the out and stop the momentum.
Jacob and Nolan both received candy bars for fly ball catches in the outfield, both in dramatic fashion. Jacob caught his as he was backing another Riverdog up, while Nolan’s was the last out of the game; sealing the win.
The next practice is Sunday at 5:00 at Nowell. The next game is Thursday at 6:30 against the Thunder with warm ups beginning at 5:30.