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July 22, 2013

Muckdogs go 2-0 in Saturday tourney games Mudhens win tournament Sunday


KREBS — Muckdogs 20, Mudhens 9

After seeing their lead fall from 10 runs to just two in the bottom of the fourth, a short offensive inning from the Muckdogs might’ve led to their defeat. Undaunted by their opponents’ offensive outburst, the Muckdogs batted 15 in the top of the fifth, regaining and even expanding on their sizable lead in a game they had to win to stay in the tournament.

“I’m proud of the kids because they didn’t give up,” Coach Hoffman said. “After that inning, they could’ve gave up, and probably times throughout the season, we did give up.

“It would’ve been very easy for them to say, ‘We’re done, we made it this far,’ but they didn’t. They kept battling and pulled it out.”

Having already used two pitchers, the Mudhens sent Ayden Parent to the mound to start the fifth. Parent never found a pitching rhythm, walking Ty Hoffman and then giving up back-to-back singles to West and Cusher.

Parent then walked McBane and Williams to make it 13-9 Muckdogs, at which point Ethan Gillespie relieved Parent. Gillespie walked in three more runs before finally getting McElhaney to ground into a fielder’s choice at home, then gave up four more runs on a hit-by-pitch and three walks.

“I was hoping he would come in and shut ‘em down, then maybe we score some more runs and get the lead, and I’d have left him in,” Mudhens coach and Ayden’s father Jeremy Parent said. “But that didn’t happen, so I pulled him before his pitch count was up so he could still make it to tomorrow.”

McBane’s second bases-loaded walk of the inning made it 20-9 Muckdogs, though Gillespie struck out Williams and Chase Wood to end the inning. McClendon came in to pitch the seventh, loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and a single by Dylan Sensibaugh, then struck out Coltin Mattioda swinging to end the inning and invoke the run-rule.

“We just didn’t throw strikes,” Coach Parent said. “We’ve got to throw more strikes. If you don’t throw strikes, you walk guys, they get up with the bases loaded and get one hit, it’s two or three to nothing.”

Ty Hoffman drove in five of the Muckdogs’ runs, batting 2-for-4 and scoring three runs. He singled down the first base line with the bases loaded in the top of the second to score two, then tripled down the first base line to score two more and make it 9-0 Muckdogs in the top of the third.

While Hoffman did his damage at the plate, Cusher took care of business on the mound. Using a sweeping, overhead fastball, Cusher kept the Mudhens’ hitters off-balance until finally tiring in the bottom of the fourth.

“I’ve had a couple of different umps tell me that the way Cush throws, the ball tapers off, and I think that’s what a lot of kids struggle with,” Hoffman said. “The taper on it, plus probably his form itself, because ... he does come over the top a lot, which a lot of the kids don’t do.”

For all the Muckdogs’ scoring, it almost wasn’t enough. The Mudhens got back one run on an inside-the-park home run by Braylon Spears in the bottom of the third, then the Mudhens sent 13 to the plate in the bottom of the fourth.

Jarrod McIntosh and Antonio Stewart both drove in runs for the Mudhens with one out in the fourth, then Spears scored Stewart on a single to center field. Because of an outfield error, Spears raced all the way home to make it 11-5 Muckdogs.

Morgan Gardner struck out for the second out of the inning, but the Mudhens loaded the bases on an infield single by Sensibaugh and back-to-back walks. Mattioda then cleared the bases with a triple to right-center, coming home on the throw from the outfield to cut the deficit to two.

Had it not been for the Mudhens’ eight-run bottom of the fourth, the score could’ve been even more lopsided. Looking sluggish at the plate, on the mound and in the field, the Mudhens fell behind 2-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two and 11-0 after three.

“They were dead,” Coach Parent said. “It would help us if we just got a few hits early in the game.

“We can know that’s the worst we’ve played all year. We’re not going to do that again.”

Spears led the Thunder, batting 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

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