Monday, May 16, 2016

Tournament Game 3: Riverdogs 10, Bats 7

In probably the most complete five innings of the season, the Riverdogs built a 10-3 lead over the Bats.

What? The game is six innings? Yeah, we’re going to pretend that sixth inning didn’t happen.

Actually it did happen, and the Riverdogs held on for the 10-7 victory to advance in the tournament. After the Bats struck first to take an early 2-0 lead, the Riverdogs fired back with 5 runs in the bottom of the first to go up 5-2. Behind some great hitting and some exceptional defense the ‘dawgs steadily built a 10-3 going into the last inning. Although the defense fell apart a bit in the sixth inning, the Riverdogs ultimately pulled through and held on for the win.

Offensively, Caden was 3-3 with a double, 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; while Matthew D. was 3-3 with 3 singles and 2 RBI. Five Riverdogs had two hits each as Matthew N. was 2-3 with a double, a single, 2 RBI and 1 run scored; Jacob was 2-3 with a double, a single, 1 RBI and 1 run scored; Carter was 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; Caleb was 2-3 with 2 singles, 1 RBI and 1 run scored; and Nolan was 2-3 with 2 singles and 2 RBI.

Blake and William both added a double each, while Nicky D. and Nicholas A. added a single each. Blake, William and Nicholas A. all scored a run each.

As stated, the defense in this game was exceptional (especially considering the previous game against the Scrappers). Matthew N. led the way at shortstop making great throws to get outs, completing a nice double play where he fielded the ball up the middle, stepped on second to get the lead runner, then fired to Blake at first to complete the play. He also earned a candy bar when he went back into the outfield for a diving catch. Caden also got a candy bar for his fly ball catch in the outfield. Finally, William received a prestigious two candy bars for his fly ball catch at the catcher position, where he perfectly shed the mask, turned his back to the infield and made the catch to get a crucial out.

The win advances the Riverdogs to a match with Thunder on Monday at 7:30 PM, with warm ups beginning at 6:30 PM.

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