Another commanding victory for the Racers this week. It was the second time facing this developing Clinton team and the Racers were clued in on how to maximize runs.
Base stealing was the name of the game and key hits bringing the runners home. Although, there were 7 runners left on base and the 5 runs per inning mercy rule hit once, the Racers had their most at bats in a single game this season. A full lineup with all 13 rostered players made an appearance.
Griffin delivered yet another amazing pitching performance. He kept his pitch count low, maintaining a consistent momentum through 4 innings, showing solid throwing from the mound. Clinton wasn't shy with their swings but Griffin worked the always drifting and dynamic strike zone the umpire decided to have.
Ryan caught beautifully, as part of the dynamic duo team, with Griffin for the first 3 innings. Anthony made his second appearance wearing the mask to catch Griffins last inning keeping Clinton shutdown from scoring any runs.
Switching things up, the way we like to do with a strong lead, Ryan jumped on the mound in the 5th throwing his heat. A ball or two, too powerful for the rookie catcher's new mitt, might have popped out but Anthony quickly scooped it up to keep things under control. Although, only 3 outs served, Ryan served well, shutting down Clinton for yet another inning.
Last but not least, Anthony made his pitching debut in the bottom of the 6th inning. With the biggest grin, in all of minors baseball, on his face, maybe even tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth occasionally, Anthony clamped down further on Clinton keeping them scoreless. He took home the game ball for being the team's needed utility player jumping into new spots when asked to step up.
Even the almighty himself did not know what strike zone the umpire was using but the Racers were still able to get a piece of the ball for a total of 14 hits. The most hits for a player goes tied with Ryan and Griffin both hitting a double each and 2 singles. Griffin made it home 3 times, clearly showing he knows his way around the diamond.
Two runs scored by Ryan, one run each for Tobias, Anthony, Jason, Giovanni, Evan, and Samuel with a practice perfected slide at home plate.
Some noticeable base running by Dominic that turned a single into a triple by taunting the defense to make overthrows. Jason braved out being hit by a pitch in the ankle remaining in the game to make it to base 2 more times. Brodie drew the most walks in the game showing his keen sight searching for the perfect pitch to hit but in this case Clinton wasn't able to deliver.
Great job Racers! Next game this Saturday in Deep River at 10am