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North Wins in Dover

Post  nyk on Thu May 12, 2011 11:07 pm

The 4th installment in a marathon week for North featured a showdown in Dover on a sunny, warm spring afternoon. A big departure from the clouds and thunderstorm that forced a postponement of the game.

The game resumed with one out in the 1st inning, with Karkhanis on base and one out. After an infield pop-up, Adam Leith doubled hard into the left center field gap. Karkhanis was waved home but was out at the plate on a well executed relay by the Green Wave.

After two scoreless frames, North struck for two runs in the 3rd. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Joe Breen hit a hard shot down the 3rd base line with a 3-0 count. The left fielder misplayed the ball and both runners scored. Leith then drove a high fly ball to the center field fence and was robbed of a home run.

North threatened again in the 5th. Keon Jenkins and Louis Tarantino bunted their way aboard on perfectly laid bunts, creating a bases-loaded situation. Two more hits and North plated 3 more runs, edging the score to 5 - 0.

Dover threatened in the 3rd and the 6th innings with a man walking after one out, but the defense squelched any possibility of a score. In the 3rd, after the walk, the next batter bunted back to Root who started a 1-6-3 double play. Similarly in the 6th, with a man on, the batter hit a ball squarely to Karkhanis at short who started a 6-4-3 double play.

Other defensive highlights included a great leaping stab by Cam Duval at 3rd, a leaping catch in center field by Jenkins, and a diving stop Joe Breen.

Typically, the coach pulls the pitcher after 5 innings so that the pitcher is available later in the week. However, Connor Root had a no-no going and went out for the 7th inning. After Duval snared a soft liner to 3rd, the #3 batter doubled to left. Matt Lipkind went in for the final 2 outs and sealed the win.

I think this was North's best game defensively this year. Root threw a 1-hit shutout, the defense played outstanding, and made some big plays against a very good team.

The pitching staff has done an excellent job this week as they have not given up an earned run in 4 games. We have another tough game tomorrow against Concord and I expect Turner will be on the mound.

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