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Squids squeak by Bulls

Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Chaffee's Alex Davie hauls in a throw to first base from pitcher Alex Davie as the Bulls' Josh Stevens safely returns to the bag. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHAFFEE -- Coming back from a one-run deficit Friday afternoon, the Chaffee Squids Senior Babe Ruth team rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to overtake the Missouri Bulls 15-and-under team for an 8-3 win.

"We jumped on them early with a couple of runs and swung the bats well in the first inning," Chaffee coach Aaron Horrell said. "I think we had three hits and then we kind of fell asleep for a couple innings.

"In the fifth the kids went up there and swung at strikes. They took the walks, got timely hits and we got some runs in."

After taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the fifth, the Squids saw four straight hits score the Bulls' (0-2) first run of the game while leaving the bases loaded with one out.

With Blake Hagedorn at the plate, Missouri tied the game on passed ball at the plate before a bases loaded walk to Grant Dix gave the Bulls a 3-2 advantage.

Able to come away with two straight strikeouts to force Missouri to strand the bases, however, Chaffee (4-0) went to work in the bottom of the inning with Cody Payne tying the game on a blooper over the second baseman's head to score Alex Crowe from third.

Two batters later, pinch hitter Cody Johnson brought home what ended up being the game-winning run on a line drive to center, scoring Payne from third to go up 4-3.

By the end of the frame the Squid went up 8-3 with Andrew Dooley capping the drive scoring the final two runs on a single to deep center field.

Besides his big hit at the plate, Dooley also picked up the win after coming in with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. He went on to strikeout two straight batters to end the inning after walking in two runs to start his appearance. In 2 2/3 innings he held the Bulls hitless while walking four and striking out five.

"Andrew hasn't thrown as much as normally does here lately so I wanted to get him some work," Horrell said of the decision to put Dooley on the mound. "I told him I just want you throwing strikes and we have a really good defense behind you.

"Especially once we got that five-run lead I said just let the defense work for you. No free passes. He threw the ball hard today and I was really impressed."

Leading Chaffee's eight hit performance at the plate was Trevor Cannon who reached base all four trips to the plate coming up with three singles and getting hit by a pitch. Payne contributed two hits to the Squids' cause while Alex Crowe had a double.

With two singles on the contest, Josh Stevens led the Bulls' four hit performance while Josh Jansen and Cody Wills each had a single.

"We hit into two or three line drive double plays," Missouri's coach Matt Wagner said. "There's not much you can do there when they get six to eight free outs a game on hard hit balls.

"Defensively we had a few walks on the mound that hurt us in (the fifth) inning that kind of blew up on us. But we were competitive and we were in there."

Later Friday night the Squids pulled out the second game of the double-header, 9-8, with Connor Scott picking up the win. Daniel Dooley had two hits in the contest and scored two runs.

Missouri 000 300 0 - 3

Chaffee 110 060 x - 8

WP -- Andrew Dooley. LP -- Gavin O'Brien. 2B -- (C) Alex Crowe.