The Riverdogs had a chance to strike early in the top of the first with two runners on and no outs. However the stingy Thunder defense held tight and didn’t allow any runs. That seemed to be the theme of the game as the ‘dawgs had no problem hitting the ball, they just couldn’t seem to find the gaps. Meanwhile the Thunder steadily built their lead until it was 11-2 going into the top of the sixth inning.
That’s when the Riverdog bats finally came alive and the comeback was on. Eight runs were scored in the inning on 10 hits. Of those 10 hits were two doubles and an inside the park home run. With the score 11-10, the ‘dawgs had runners on 2nd and 3rd and only one out, but again the Thunder defense held firm and recorded the next two outs to stop the come comeback and seal the win.
Leading the way offensively for the Riverdogs were Caleb who was 3-3 with a double, 2 singles, 1 RBI and 1 run scored; Blake who was 3-3 with 3 singles, 2 RBI and 1 run scored; Bobby who was 3-3 with 3 singles and 1 run scored; Matthew D. who was 2-2 with a double, a single and 2 run scored; and Weston who was 2-3 with a double, a single and a team high 3 RBI.
Registering a hit a piece were Matthew N., Jacob, Carter, Caden, Nolan, Nicholas A. and William. The hit by Matthew N. went for an inside the park home run; while Nicholas. A’s hit went for a double. Matthew N., Jacob, Caden, Nicholas A., and William all added a run each. Matthew N. added two RBI, while Carter and Caden added a RBI each.
Defensively, Bobby received his first candy bar of the season for his fly ball catch in the outfield. Caleb added a fly ball catch in the outfield as well. Caleb also turned an unassisted double play at first base. Bobby and Caleb both had heads up plays in the outfield where they charged balls that were hit to them, fielded and came up firing to second base to get the force outs.
Practice on Friday has been moved to The Performance Academy at 5:00. The next game is Saturday at 2:00 against the Lookouts, with warm ups starting at 1:00.