Barnstable Slips Past Dugout Dawgs
By: Tom Moran Jr.
You can never score too many runs as the Barnstable B Senior Babe Ruth team found out on Monday after edging the visiting Dugout Dawgs 7-6 at the Barnstable High field.
The Barnstable nine looked like it was on course for a quick and easy win after scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning but it turned out to be neither quick nor easy as the Dawgs battled back and almost came away with the win.
Barnstable starter Luke Chevalier faced just four batters in the top of the first and it looked like DD hurler Sam Majeski would do even better in the home half of the frame when he retired the first two Barnstable batters he faced.
It didn’t work out that way as things got ugly in a hurry as a single by Chevalier and a walk to Riley Ashe were followed by an RBI double by Ryan Palmer, RBI singles by Tim Ebert and Zach Schulman and a two-run double by Jon Mayer with Mayer’s two-bagger pushing the score to 6-0.
The Dawgs responded with a big inning of their own, sending eight men to the plate and scoring four runs in the top of the third inning.
A leadoff walk to Paul Prue, a single off the bat of Andrew Walsh and another walk to Brady Doherty loaded the bases but it looked like Chevalier and his team were going to get out of the inning unscathed when a nice play by shortstop Tim Rodriguez resulted in a force-out at the plate and Chevalier followed with a strikeout for the second out of the inning.
As was the case for the Dawgs in the Barnstable first, getting the third out proved to be not so easy to do as Joel Carlson ripped a two-run single to left and Trevor Ridley followed with a run-scoring single to right.
A throwing error on Ridley’s hit added to Barnstable’s problems as the run that scored on the play cut the home team’s lead to 6-4.
Barnstable got a cheap run in the bottom of the fourth when Willie Sanchez led off with a base hit, stole second and then third before trotting home with his team’s seventh run when the throw to third sailed high.
That run loomed large in the top of the sixth when the Dawgs got to Chevalier for a pair of runs to cut the Barnstable lead to 7-6.
A leadoff single by Carlson got the Dawgs going and Ridley kept them headed in the right direction with a base hit of his own.
An RBI single by Mason Swift and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Bruning pulled the Dawgs to within a run but their bid to make it a brand new game was denied when Palmer made a great diving catch of what looked to be a sure extra-base hit by Prue, thereby getting his team out of the inning still in possession of the lead.
Ashe, who came on in relief of Chevalier in the top of the sixth, made sure the slim lead stood up when he retired the side in order in the Dawgs’ final at-bat and nailed down the “W.”
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