The NEB 12U Dirt Dogs were rained out of a double-header against RI Baseball Institute on Saturday 5/7. Sunday brought back the sun with a cold, vengeful wind and a 2-game contest against the Tri-Valley Phantoms at Pirone Park.
The Dirt Dogs took Game #1 from the Phantoms in a 4-0 shut-out thanks to the ghost-busting “Southpaw Express” with Matt starting on the mound and pitching 3 innings of no-hit ball while striking out 7. Mike P. relieved for the rest of the game, striking out 2 more and holding the Phantoms hitless until the middle of the 6th inning. On offense, the Dogs got to work in the 2nd inning with 3 runs scored by Brad, Scott and Rohit. An insurance run by Zach in the 4th inning clinched the win. The greatest hits of the game were a double by Jonathan, a 2-RBI single by Rohit, a 1-RBI single by Zach, and Scott also stroked two singles. Matt earned his 6th pitched Win of the season and Mike took the Save.
Game #2 was a nail-biter with Brad starting on the mound, followed by Rohit, Anthony and Zach. The Phantoms scored in the 1st inning on a fielding error which was answered with a tying run by Anthony in the 3rd. The Dogs then scored a go-ahead run by Jonathan for a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning. The Phantoms then re-captured the lead with 2 more runs in the 5th inning, and the Dogs tied it up with a run by Aaron in the 6th to extend the game into extra innings while Anthony kept the Phantom’s bats silent by pitching a no-hit 6th. In the top of the 7th inning, Anthony did more yeoman’s work with a line-drive 2-RBI homer, only to see the Phantoms steal the win with a heart-breaking, 3-run rally in the bottom of the 7th based on a series of costly fielding errors.
It is fair to say that the Dirt Dogs lost Game #2, rather than the Phantoms won it. Fielding errors will kill you every time, Nuf Ced. The big shots were fired by Anthony with a home run, Aaron with a double, Scott, Jonathan and Nick with singles. Runs were scored by Anthony, Aaron, Jonathan and Nick.
Stay tuned for next week’s games at the Legends Slugfest Tourney in Kensington, NH…