Game of the Day: Manatees Edge SeaDogs 6-5
IMG Academy High School Wood Bat League play continued yesterday as the Manatees battled the SeaDogs on the diamond. Both teams put their newly acquired hitting techniques to work and came out swinging in the first inning. The Manatees took charge early in the first as Colby Bessette drew a lead-off walk followed by a sharp single from Blake Clift. This "put the ducks on the pond" for the 3-hitter John Davis. After a great at-bat where he saw 6 pitches, Davis drove the 7th to right-center for a 2-run double. Davis would soon score on a single from Robert Sherl as the Manatees took an early 3-0 lead.
Heading into the bottom of the first the Seadogs took a page out of the poker playbook saying, "I'll see your 3 runs, and raise you one." Josh Duster lead off with a single to center-field with Jordan IMG Academy following behind him with a single of his own. Duster would steal a base and eventually score on a past ball while Pat Maatouk doubled home IMG Academy for the SeaDogs second run. Maatouk would eventually score along with George Bowman to give the SeaDogs a 4-3 lead.
The pitching would settle down as both teams were held scoreless until the Manatees hit in the top of the 6th. Chris King reached on an error and then proceeded to swipe 2nd base as the potential game-tying run. We always like torecognizeplayers who give themselves up for the team which is exactly what Ryan Banks did with a sac bunt that put King on third with one out. Banks' work would go to waste as the run would score thanks to a single from Michael Eberle who would also steal a base and score off a single from Samuel Nelson to give the Manatees a 5-4 lead. Clift tacked on a much-needed insurance run for the Manatees in the 7th thanks to a sharp single and excellent baserunning.
This run by Clift would prove to be the difference as the SeaDogs would rally in the 7th and score a run of their own with doubles from Jorge Leon and Joe Abramowitz to make it a 6-5 game. However both teams would fail to score for the rest of the 9-inning affair making the Manatees the 6-5 victor.
Manatees 6 7 1
SeaDogs 5 11 2
WP -Sam Nelson - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, SO
Top Performer -Blake Clift - 2-3, 2 R, 2 SB
Around the League:
Conquistadors o 1 1
Hurricanes 2 3 0
WP -Sam Mason - 7.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 8 SO
Top Performer -Drew Ponce - 1-3, R
Lightning 6 7 3
Marauders 7 7 3
WP -Sam Chandler - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
Top Performer -McClain Bradley - 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB
*Editor's Note: It was not required that the pitcher be named "Sam" in order toreceivethe win yesterday.
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