The NEB 12U Dirt Dogs played a double-header against the RBI Storm at Pirone Park in Ayer, MA on Saturday, 4/3 in absolutely perfect baseball weather. What a difference a week makes in New England! The Dirt Dogs took both games 1-0 and 10-5 in a well-played round of ball on both sides.
Matt was starting pitcher in Game #1 and went 3 complete innings, striking out 7 and giving up only 1 hit. Rohit pitched in relief for the remainder of the game and struck out another 4 while great defense backed him up including Aaron behind the plate and Matt at 1st Base. On offense, Aaron scored the winning run after being hit by a pitch, stealing 2nd Base and being driven home with a single from Brad. Anthony stroked 2 singles to lead the hitter’s rankings followed by Zach, David, Jonathan and Aaron who also clubbed their way onto 1st Base. Matt took his second Win of the season and Rohit got the save.
Mike P. was starting pitcher in Game #2 and continued the Southpaw Express through 3 complete innings of shut-out ball, striking out 3 and saluting the field defense which included Jonathan making a diving foul catch from 3rd Base that involved a picnic table, Aaron snaring a pop-up foul behind the plate, and Matt gloving a hopper headed for the 3-4 gap, then beating the runner back to the bag. Anthony then pitched 2 unhittable innings of relief, striking out 5 straight with Aaron and Matt finishing off the last batter in a 2-3 play. The Storm came roaring back with 5 runs in a 6th inning rally including back-to-back doubles, but were held off by the Dirt Dogs who maintained their lead throughout the game: The Dirt Dogs scored early with 3 runs in the 1st inning followed by 7 more insurance runs in the top of the 6th. Top scorers were Aaron and Brad with 2 runs each. Matt, Jonathan, Zach, Nick, Mitch and Rohit also scored. The heavy hitters of Game #2 were Matt with a single and double, Brad with two singles, while Mike and Jonathan each hit singles apiece.
Great games all around. The boys are really starting to pull together as a team. It’s amazing to see how much difference the extra 10 feet on the basepaths actually makes to the running game and defense.
Stay tuned for next weekend’s double-header on Saturday vs. Team Connecticut at CCSU and Sunday’s home stand vs. the Granite State Marauders at Pirone Park…