Will led his team to victory last night, going 3 – 3 with a triple, stolen base, and two RBIs and runs scored. He pitched two no-hit innings, facing the minimum six batters…striking out four of them. While catching he blocked several balls in the dirt, with runners on base.
Here’s the recap to be posted on the Mt. Paran website:
The Mt. Paran Pony Saints won on the road Thursday night, outscoring the Shaw Park MudCats 10 – 3 Thursday evening. The two teams traded runs the first two innings, then the Saints shut down the MudCats offense, while continuing to add to the lead.
Colin started things with two out in the first with a line drive single to center. He took second on a fielder’s choice and stole third base. Then as he had this past Saturday, with two out and two strikes on the batter he perfectly executed a delayed steal of home plate. Earlier in the inning Curtis collected his seventh straight hit in as many at-bats.
Shaw Park scored two runs to take the lead in the bottom of the first, but with one out and the bases loaded second-baseman Russell ended the rally by turning an unassisted double play. He fielded a one hopper, tagged the runner, and beat the batter in a race to first base. Russell has made many good defensive plays at Mt. Paran, but that was his best.
In the top of the second it was Patrick’s turn to lead off the inning with a walk. Will M reached on a Texas League single, and both runners advanced a base on an error. Patrick scored on a wild pitch, then Will scored on Tanner’s RBI groundout. But the MudCats tied the game at three in their half of the second, before pitcher Will G retired the side with a strikeout, grounder to Curtis at first, and a pop-out to shortstop Christian.
In the third the Saints went ahead to stay. Preston led off with a four-pitch walk and stole second base. Kevin walked on a full count. Russell then singled to right, to drive in Preston from second base. Curtis reached base for the eighth-straight time, walking to load the bases, before Kevin scored on a wild pitch.
From there the Saints pitching and defense took over, retiring 12 Shaw Park batters in a row. Will G struck out two in two innings and Will M struck out four, and Tanner struck out three. Jack caught a long fly ball in right field. Christian caught a sinking line drive at shortstop, then while catching threw to Colin to nail a base-stealer at second.
The Saints added five insurance runs. In the fourth Christian led off with a walk and stole second. Patrick sacrificed Christian to third with a nice bunt, then Will M lined a single to center to drive home Christian. Slugger Joey also put down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning to advance John Fulton to third. JF had beaten out an infield single and stolen second base.
In the sixth Mt. Paran broke thing open with four runs. Colin reached on an error, then stole both second and third. Will M drove him in when he pulled the ball into the left-field corner for an RBI triple, then Will scored when the shortstop’s relay throw was off the mark. Jack walked, then scored from first when Tanner’s single rolled under the center-fielder’s glove. Tanner took third on the play, and scored on Will G’s RBI single to left. Once again all 13 players contributed!