It was great to see the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs pick up their game this week.
They played Clinton County on April 21st, Clarkrange on April 24th and Cumberland County on April 26th. Gully washers on April 22nd and 25th resulted in the cancellation of their scheduled games against Pickett and Monroe counties.
Nick Deckard was the winning pitcher in the game against Clinton County on April 21st. He also had a big day at the plate with a home run in the third and a double in the fifth inning. Bulldogs’ Brince Crouch, Justin Bergdorff, Nick Deckard and Spencer Tuck combined for eight hits, five RBIs and nine runs. They beat Clinton County 9-4 in seven innings.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the third inning with a line drive double to center field by #3 Spencer Tuck. Tuck was followed to the plate by #5 Skylar Holden, who ground-out to short stop, but allowed Tuck to move into scoring position at third base. Cole Dziekiewicz #7 brought in Tuck with a double to left field, then scored on a double to left field by #22 Brince Crouch. #10 Nick Deckard brought in Crouch on a home run to left field.
In the fourth inning, #20 Dustin Bergdorff and #1 Justin Bergdorff got on base on balls. #3 Spencer Tuck reached first on an error by Clinton County’s second baseman, moving the Bergdorffs to second and third. #5 Skylar Holden reached first on a fielder’s choice, advancing Tuck to second and Justin Bergdorff to third. Dustin Bergdorff was the target in the play. He was out at home. #7 Cole Dziekiewicz took first on an error by Clinton County’s short stop. He brought in Justin Bergdorff and allowed Holden and Tuck to take second and third. Tuck scored on the last play. In the top of the fifth inning, Nick Deckard started things off with a line drive double to center field. #14 Chance Asberry followed with a sacrifice bunt that got Deckard to third and in position to score on Dustin Bergdorff’s single to third base.
The Bulldogs clinched the game with another two runs in the seventh inning. #15 Alex Mullinix walked to first, took second on Dustin Bergdorff’s ground-out to second base and scored on Justin Bergdorff’s double to center field. Justin Bergdorff scored on a single to center field by Spencer Tuck. Nick Deckard was the winning pitcher with twelve strike-outs, two earned runs, eleven hits and three walks in seven innings.
On April 24th, the Bulldogs lost 2-16 to Clarkrange. It was a tough game, made harder by the team’s dwindling bullpen. Two of the teams pitching starters are out for the season and the remaining pitchers barely get a chance to rest between games since the team plays nearly every night. Coach Dziekiewicz says he’s doing everything he can to develop more pitching, but he fears he’ll have to wait for next season to see that goal into fruition. The Bulldogs played Clarkrange earlier in the season with a better outcome, but just couldn’t get the job done on Thursday night. Clarkrange scored six runs in the first inning, five in the second and it was pretty much game over by the fourth, when the Dawgs scored their only runs for the game on doubles by #22 Brince Crouch and #10 Nick Deckard. and a sacrifice fly by #14 Chance Asberry.
The Bulldogs made a comeback on April 26th, winning 11-7 against Cumberland County. They took an early lead in the first inning with a single to left field by Brince Crouch, who advanced to second on a single by Nick Deckard and then stole home. In the top of the third inning, Crouch doubled to left field, scored on Deckard’s double to center field and Deckard stole home. They got another run in the fifth when Deckard reached first on a dropped third strike, stole second and advanced to third on Chance Asberry’s single to short stop. After tagging up, Deckard scored on Dustin Bergdorff’s line drive to right field.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs snagged another two runs. Brince Crouch singled to center field, stole second and scored on a double to center field by Chance Asberry. Asberry stole third and scored on walks by team mates Justin and Dustin Bergdorff and #23 Bailey Chapman. Justin Bergdorff got hit by a pitch. With two runs of their own, Cumberland County tied it up in the bottom of the seventh and the game went into overtime.
The Bulldog’s five-run rally in the eighth inning won the game. To start the rally, #7 Cole Dziekiewicz walked to first and stole second on Brince Crouch’s walk to first. Dziekiewicz stole third and Crouch stole second on a foul ball by #12 Kason Wheeler, who then walked to first.
Chance Asberry joined his fellow team mates who got a walk to first, advancing Wheeler to second, Crouch to third and bringing home Dziekiewicz. He was followed by Justin Bergdorff who walked to first, advanced Asberry to second, Wheeler to third and Crouch to home and Dustin Bergdorff who walked to first, advanced Justin to second, Asberry to third and Wheeler to home. Asberry scored on a walk by Spencer Tuck which also advanced the Bergdorffs to second and third. Justin Bergdorff scored on a walk by #15 Logan Hewitt that advanced Tuck to second and Dustin Bergdorff to third. The walk-to-first demonstration ended with a single to short stop by Skylar Holden. Chapman advanced to second. Tuck advanced to third. Dustin Bergdorff was thrown out at home. Holden moved to second, Chapman moved to third and Tuck was thrown out at home on a singled to short stop by Cole Dziekiewicz that ended the rally and the game. It was an exciting inning!