Armadillos lose seesaw battle with Colchester (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

The Williston Armadillos squared off against the Colchester Lakers on Sunday in a game that saw the lead change hands four times, but ultimately end up in Colchester’s favor, 12-11, in 10 innings. Though the game lasted more than three hours, it was fast paced, as there were only two innings in which one of the teams did not push across a run.

“Both teams refused to quit, and kept coming back on the other. If it had gone another inning, we felt we would have taken the lead,” said Armadillo Pete Picard (3-5, 2B, 1 run, 1 RBI).

Besides Picard, other Dillo offensive stars were outfielder “Vegas” Daw (2-2, 2 BB, 1 run), pitcher Greg Bolger (2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI), infielder Brent Tremblay (2-4, 2B, BB, 2 runs), first baseman Jess Stein (2-5, 2 RBI) and pitcher Bill Supple (2-5, 2B, 1 RBI).

The parity of the game was demonstrated by the fact that the Dillos collected 17 hits to Colchester’s 18, and the Dillos left 14 men on base to Colchester’s 11.

“Both Bolger and Supple threw well. Colchester is a good hitting team,” said Dillos third baseman Pookie Martin (1-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs).

On the mound, Bolger started and went five innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, while walking three and striking out two. Supple threw the last five innings, taking the loss to lower his record to 7-1, giving up eight hits and five earned runs, walking three and striking out three.

While Colchester scored one in the first on two singles and a ground out, Williston answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Center fielder Ray Danis (1-4, BB, 3 runs) reached on a two-base throwing error and scored on Bolger’s single. After Martin singled, Picard plated both runners with a double, who in turn scored on Tremblay’s single.

The teams traded runs in the third, Colchester’s on a walk and two errors and the Armadillos’ on a single by Daw, Danis’ fielder’s choice and Supple’s double, which brought home Danis.

Colchester took a 7-5 lead in the fourth as they scored five runs, only two of which were earned as the Dillos committed two more errors and Colchester racked up another five hits.

Williston answered again in the bottom of the frame, tying the game with two runs as Picard singled, Tremblay walked, shortstop Reid Crosby (1-3, sac, BB) moved the runners forward with a bunt and Stein singled both home.

The Dillos built the lead to 7-5 in the fifth by scoring two more runs. Daw, Danis and Supple singled, the latter scoring Daw. Bolger’s fielder’s choice then brought home Danis.

Colchester scored three in the seventh on a bases loaded triple to take a one run lead, but the Dillos tied it in the eighth as Martin reached on a two base throwing error and scored on Picard’s single. The scored remained knotted until the 10th, when Colchester collected a single, a triple and another single to take a two run lead.

Still, the Dillos refused to fold. After the first two batters were out in the bottom of the frame, Tremblay doubled, went to third on a Crosby single and scored on Stein’s single. Though the tying run was on second, the Dillos were unable to bring him in, as Dann van Der Vliet (0-3, 2 BB) grounded to the pitcher for the third out.

Next week the Dillos are off, but will return to action on Aug. 2, at Williston Central School against the Jericho Indians.

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