IN A HOT & HUMID GAME AT BICKFORD PARK, THE LIZZIES PREVAIL OVER THE ARTFUL DODGERS IN 3 ½ INNINGS
Underneath the heat and humidity at the Bickford Park South Diamond this evening, the Lizzies topped the Dodgers 7-4 in 3 ½ innings.
This Mosquito Division showdown was Jekyll and Hyde affair. At times, it was primarily a walkathon as both teams issued a combined total of eighteen walks. Interspersed amidst the free passes was some quality pitching as the respective bullpens of the Dodgers and Lizzies tossed a combined total of eighteen strikeouts.
Lizzies starting pitcher Jeremy (8) tossed a strong top of the first as he allowed no runs while striking out two Dodgers.
The Lizzies opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a run when Jeremy led off the inning with a walk, and immediately put pressure on the Dodgers defense by stealing two bases. On the steal of third, Jeremy hustled home with the Lizzies first run on an errant Dodgers throwing error. Despite giving up the run, Dodgers starting pitcher Louis (1) proceeded to strikeout the next three Lizzies batters to close out inning.
The Dodgers answered back with four runs in the top of the second to take the lead 4-1. With one out, Emma (12) and Jacob (11) drew consecutive walks. Jackson (14) hit a two out clutch single to bring Emma home with the tying run. After Michael (3) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Everett (4) drew a walk to bring in Jacob with the go ahead run. With the bases still juiced, Louis was hit by a pitch, which allowed Jackson to come home. Astrid (2) fouled off some tough pitches to draw a bases loaded walk that allowed Michael to come in from third to close out scoring.
In the bottom of the second, the Lizzies stormed back in “Walk This Way” fashion with three runs to tie the game. Sam (7), Sarah (14) and Cameron (3) drew consecutive walks to lead off the inning and load the bases. Subsequent consecutive walks to Justin (13), Zack (12) and Cyrus (6) brought the aforementioned home.
In a strong effort, Lizzies reliever Sam kept the potent Dodgers offense off the scoresheet in the top of the third by striking out two.
With the game tied, the Lizzies scored three in the bottom of the third to spring ahead 7-4. Kyle (15) and Dylan (1) drew consecutive walks to lead off the inning. After some stolen bases, Kyle blazed home from third on a wild pitch to put the Lizzies ahead. Sam delivered a one out triple to allow Dylan to come home with an insurance run. Sam came home with another run on a wild pitch.
In the top of the fourth, Sam of the Lizzies struck out the first two Dodgers batters. After issuing a two out walk, Sam mowed down the next Dodgers batter to earn the win and close out the victory for the Lizzies.
EXTRA INNINGS: Kudos to Lizzies pitcher Sam (7) for pitching two scoreless innings while striking out five Dodgers (2 IP; 0 R; 0 H; 3 W; 5 K). Sam also hit a rbi triple while scoring twice (1 AB; 1 H [triple]; 2 R; 1 W). Kudos to Lizzies starter Jeremy (8) who tossed a scoreless inning while pitching himself out of a two out, bases loaded jam in the top of the first (1 IP; 0 R; 1 H; 2 W; 2 K). Jeremy also stole two bases in electrifying fashion to bring home the Lizzies first run of the game. Kudos to Dodgers starter Louis (1) for his three strikeout effort in the first (1 IP; 1 R; 0 H; 1 W; 3 K). Additional kudos to Dodgers relievers Cohen (6) and Jacob (11) for their respective three strikeout efforts.