USING AN FORMULA OF STRONG PITCHING AND OPPORTUNISTIC OFFENSE, THE HOMESTEADS SUBDUE THEIR MIDGET DIVISION RIVALS AT DOMINICO FIELD
On a hot, hazy and humid afternoon down at Dominico Field at Christie Pits, the Homesteads stymied the Lizzies 8-2 in 4 ½ innings of Midget Division play.
A brigade of four Homesteads pitchers kept the Lizzies off balance and off the scoresheet for a significant portion of the game. Tyrone (1), Vidit (2), Oliver (11) and Markus (6) combined to allow only two runs, four hits, four walks, while striking out six.
The Lizzies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, Josh (6) doubled, and came in to score on a single by Mark (9). Jeff (10) delivered a double that brought in Mark.
In the bottom of the first, the Homesteads immediately answered back with four runs to take the lead 4-2. After Rory (12) scored the first run on a wild pitch, Oliver hit a triple that allowed Tyrone to blaze in with the tying run.
With the score 2-2, Sam (3) hit a sacrifice to allow Oliver to come home with the go ahead run. The Homesteads proceeded to load the bases. Rory stroked a rbi single that brought in Vidit with the final run of the inning.
The Lizzies promptly loaded the bases with three consecutive walks to begin the top of the second. After a Lizzies baserunner was called out for atttempting to steal home, Homesteads pitcher Vidit managed to bear down and extricate himself from a major mondo pickle by striking out next two Lizzies batters.
The Homesteads went for the jugular in the bottom of the second as they scored three insurance runs to widen their lead to 7-2. Tyrone led off with a single and came in to score on a stolen base and a catcher’s throwing error. Oliver and Vidit were both hit by a pitch and both players eventually came homeward bound on a series of wild pitches.
After Homesteads pitcher Oliver held the Lizzies off the scoresheet in workmanlike fashion in the top of the third, his team scored another run in the bottom half to widen the gap to 8-2.
Homesteads pitcher Markus shut down the Lizzies in the top half of the fourth.
Lizzies southpaw pitcher Mark (9) kept the potent Homesteads offense off the scoreboard with a powerful and intimidating 1-2-3 effort in the bottom of the fourth as he struck out two.
Tyrone of the Homesteads closed out the game in efficient 1-2-3 fashion with two strikeouts.