Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Game Two Loss

Will’s Saints lost a close Game Two of their Saturday doubleheader, 9 – 7. He caught and played shortstop each for an inning-and-a-half. Besides making a few strong throws to second that almost nailed some base-stealers, he didn’t see much action in the field.

Coach Maiocco scrambled the batting order in Game Two to equalize plate appearances, though eleven of the twelve Saints only batted twice anyway. Will came up in the second and was grazed by a 2 - 0 pitch. With a runner already on third, Will advanced to second on the first pitch, but both runners were stranded.

In the fourth with two-out Will worked the count full before lining the payoff pitch into centerfield for a single, driving home John Fulton. Will took second on the play when the ball got away, but the next batter popped up to end the inning.

The Saints led 7 – 2, but Coach Chris had let Powder Springs be the home team in Game Two. Colin game in to pitch and allowed six of the first seven batters to reach base. Tanner came in to relieve (and Will was moved from catcher to shortstop), but the leadoff hitter doubled to right-center, clearing the bases. Powder Springs retired the Saints in order in the fifth to win the game.

Will finished the day 3 – 3 with a walk and HBP, two RBIs and runs scored, and a stolen base…the only player on either team reaching base five times or with three hits.

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