Dixie Overruns Northridge
J. C. Tilton
The Dixie ball team evened up their record to .500 against the Northridge Polar Bears this past Thursday. The team won a double header against Tri Village last weekend and carried part of that momentum into the game against Northridge. Dixie's play against against Tri Village was also note worthy as Craig Tuttle and Nick Bertke hit the first Dixie home runs of the season against the Patriots.
Northridge crossed the plate in their opening half of the inning when a lead off walk was converted to a run when a single brought the runner home. In their half of the first inning Dixie sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 4 runs. It was a two out rally helped in part by the Northridge pitching - a total of 4 Dixie base runners walked in the inning. And a dropped infield pop up allowed the rally continue after the second out. Northridge was aiding the Greyhound cause in this inning.
The Polar Bears tried to strike back in the second. The first batter was hit by a pitch and the second was walked. But Jared Crowe settled down and struck out the next batter and the next batter hit a grounder - it was Brewer to Vires to Worley for a double play to end the threat. Dixie was three and out in their half of the second.
Northridge got on base in the third, but could not find the plate. A strike out and a couple of fly balls to center fielder Nick Miller ended the inning for Northridge, stranding 2 runners. In the Dixie half the inning they struck again. Brewer reached second base on a double, a Miller bunt put him on third and a wild pitch brought him home. The bases loaded up and Dixie's starting pitcher Jared Crowe helped his own cause with a base clearing double. This inning broke the game open, it was now 8-1 in favor of Dixie.
Northridge managed a run in the 4th, but Dixie saved their last burst for the 5th inning. Northridge was three and out in the first half of the inning, but Dixie pressed the accelerator in their half of the inning to close the door on Northridge. Andrew Daffler and Ryan Sinnamon lead off the inning with back to back doubles. Then Gratsch got on base and was driven home by Bertke. Finally who else but Jared Crowe scored the last run of the night on a wild pitch for Dixie to seal the win with a 12-2 victory. Crowe had a good nights work, 6 strike outs, 2-4 from the plate, and of course he got the win.
Coach Bingham was asked for comment after the game. “It was a game that we were supposed to win and we got it. We're 3 and 3 since we also beat Tri Village over the weekend. But we're looking to get better.” Next he was asked about Jared Crowe's afternoon, “He had a good day, he started out struggling a little bit. But then he got into a groove and shut them down. He had a heck of a day, been doing it all year long. He's one of our seniors and that is what we expect out of them.” Comments: email: Chris Tilton