Huey Lewis famously sang the Power of Love... But, have you heard the News about the power of Doughnuts???
In a see-saw affair, our Wilcox Energy Warriors pulled away late to come out on top over the E. Haddam Sea Dogs 11-6. At 7-1, 'dem salty dogs answered quickly to pull within 1 run. After an inning of personal (and team) reflection, the bats came alive once again, spurring a 4-run rally late, cementing the W for our bright orange ballers.
In the batter's box, no one shined brighter than #12 Drew C. going 3 for 3 and stinging every ball he saw. Heck, even his foul balls were scorched down the line. This young lad received a well-deserved game ball! Way to go Drewski!!!
Your humble reporter had to ask Drew's dad what he fed this young leader for breakfast and I'm pleased to report it was the power of doughnuts that fueled the hot bat! In the immortal words of Yogi, if it ain't broke don't fix it!!!
Early hits by Liam C., Andrew S. - known to most as Squillatore - and Valen C. who ripped one up the middle set the table early and helped the Warriors take the lead from jump street!
Ryan SS (for Shortstop) was smoooooth in the field with multiple 6-to-3 put outs and closed the game out a la Rivera. He even had the famed Metallica nighttime ballad blaring as he came charging out of the Pen!
Dylan C. was everything you want from a starter. Gritty, unfazed, and throwing strikes all day. Even when the balls in play didn't bounce the Warrior's way, Dylan dug deep and focused on the next task at hand. Great job and a deserved W on the ole pitching record.
What can you say about Elijah V. that you don't already know? Behind those brown eyes is a determined ballplayer who laced a line-drive single to left, scored a run, and caught ALL game, keeping those feisty Sea Dogs base runners at bay. By block, scoop, or dare I say, shoop, Elijah simply got it done back there!
Michael L. and Ryer F. continued to rack up big experience and be amazing teammates throughout and Travis B. drew a walk, stole a base, and showed off the arm from RF on multiple occasions - keep shining boys!!!
And let's all celebrate Joseph St. O. for shaking off a HBP, and then hustling around the base paths on multiple plays to score a CRUCIAL run for our Warriors. We're proud of you, Joseph!
Teams are made up of individuals and perform together as a unit. Each one of our boys kept their heads and spirits high and the energy from our Wilcox Warriors was news that even Huey would certainly care to croon about.
On 3 Warriors... 1, 2, 3 Warriors!!!