The NEB Dirt Dogs split a Sunday double-header on 4/18 with the Central Mass. Tornados for a 2-0 shut-out followed by a 7-8 loss in cold, rainy conditions that didn’t get out of the upper 40’s for a temperature. Saturday’s double-header was rained out, and the Dirt Dogs lived up to their name by playing this pair of games in the mud pen to keep the momentum of their season going.
The Dogs were storm chasers in the first game with Matt starting on the mound for Game #1 and Aaron behind the plate, giving ’em the heavy battery fire right away. The first 3 innings were scoreless with 8 strikeouts and only 1 hit allowed. The only tornados seen were the twisters at the plate fanning up a wind with their bats. Rohit pitched in relief for the last 3 innings, keeping the door closed while striking out 7 more batters and allowing only 2 hits. On offense, the Dogs had a hard time warming up their bats and collected the 2 runs to win the game on steals at home by Matt and Brad. The greatest hits for the game were all singles by Aaron, Matt, Scott, and David, with Nick going 2 for 2. Matt collected his 4th consecutive win of the season, and Rohit took the save once again.
Game #2 was a melee with the lead changing hands twice before the Tornados finally clinched the win on a walk-off double in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Dogs took an early lead in the 1st inning with 3 runs scored by Aaron, Jonathan and Brad. Additional runs were scored by Matt in the 3rd inning and by David & Anthony in the 4th. The greatest hits were a 2-RBI double by Aaron and a 1-RBI double by Brad, who also hit singles and scored for the team. Matt, Nick and Jonathan also hit singles. Defensively, Mike started on the mound as the second half of the Southpaw Express with Nick behind the plate. Once again, the Dogs paid for some costly fielding errors and gave up a solid lead to trail by 3 runs at the bottom of the 2nd inning. David pitched in relief, and the Dogs settled down to claw their way back to a 7-6 lead in the top of the 5th inning. The Tornados tied it up again 7-7 at the bottom of the 5th, and then after keeping the bottom of the Dog’s batting order hitless in the 6th, went on to clinch the game on a walk-off double. Exciting game which proves again that defense is key:
- Play your position
- Know what your next move will be AHEAD of time
- Don’t have butter fingers.
Stay tuned for next weekend’s pair of double-headers against the Worcester Heat and Athlete’s Edge!