Throwing gems

Published 9:09 am Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cape Cod, Mass., Rawdogs, Onondaga, N.Y. get shutout wins

Keegan Curtis hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to help lift the Alabama Rawdogs to a 1-0 victory over Fond Du Lac, Wisc. on Friday at LBWCC’s Crum Foshee Field.

Curtis also pitched a gem on the mound, getting the win by striking out 11 batters and only allowed two hits in the shutout on the second day of the 2013 16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball World Series.

The game between the two National Division teams was scoreless through the first six innings, where perfect defense was played behind solid pitching.

The Rawdogs had a chance in the fifth inning with two runners on with two outs, but couldn’t get the runs going.

Fond Du Lac answered in the top of the seventh with two on and two outs, but the inning was retired when Curtis rang up his last strikeout of the game.

Justin Ware started the bottom of the seventh by reaching on a hit by pitch. Ware advanced around the plates with good base running and eventually came home on Curtis’ only hit of the game.

Brian Lane went 1-for-3; and John Peddrick went 1-for-3 for the Rawdogs.

Fond Du Lac’s Andrew Liebner, the other ace pitcher for the game, only allowed four hits and had three strikeouts in the loss.


Onondaga, N.Y. 5,

Alabama Bombers 0

Onondaga surged to a 4-0 lead and tacked on an additional run in the fifth, and its defense played well behind pitcher Chris Schad.

Schad was doing so well that he had a non-hitter going until the bottom of the seventh, when Chase Gurley ended it with a single.

Although Schad’s bid was tarnished, he polished the complete game with two strikeouts, which is evidence of a good infield and outfield playing behind him.

For Onondaga, Josh Savacook went 1-for-3 with a single; and Christ Lenish went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the New Yorkers.


Cape Cod, Mass. 1,

Columbia Basin, Wash. 0

Superb pitching and great defense helped Cape Cod, Mass. beat Columbia Basin, Wash. 1-0.

Hunter Silva threw a complete-game shutout, striking out eight and allowing three hits in Massachusetts’s victory over the River Dogs.

The game was scoreless through the first four innings as both teams made epic defensive plays in the infield and outfield.

Cape Cod scored its only run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch.

Nick Falkson, who went 1-for-3 with a double for the New England team, made it all the way around to third and saw his opening on the misplaced pitch.

Falkson rushed down the third-base line and met Columbia Basin pitcher Hector Zavala at the plate.

Zavala tried to make the tag as the ball was scooped up after it had bounced back from the back stop.

To help save the shutout, Cape Cod center fielder Dan Cook made a leaping grab for the first out in the top of the seventh inning.