Late inning rallies lift Armadillos over Warthogs (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008

 After six innings, the Waterbury Warthogs, who came into Sunday’s Vermont Senior Baseball League game with a 9-2 record and a one game lead over the Williston Armadillos in the standings, led the Dillos 2-0. It was the first time in years that the Dillos had been held scoreless so late in a game.

But the Armadillos broke out of their stupor in the seventh inning by scoring five runs, and followed the outburst with three more in the eighth to notch an 8-2 victory.

By improving their record to 9-3, the Dillos moved into fourth place in the standings, behind Charlotte (12-0), Barre (11-1) and Colchester (8-2), with four games left to play.

The Armadillos outhit the Warthogs 16 to eight, with 10 of 11 players hitting safely. The team was led by third baseman Pat “Pukie” Martin (3-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs), catcher Bambino Fitzgerald (2-3, BB, 2 runs), pitcher Bill Supple (2-4), shortstop/pitcher Greg Bolger (2-4, 2 RBIs) and outfielder Billy “Vegas” Daw (2-4, 2 RBIs).

Supple pitched the first 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits, walking five and striking out five. Bolger picked up the win to improve his record to 3-0, giving up just one hit and walking none in the last 2.1 innings.

The Warthogs scored one run in the second inning on two walks and two singles and another run in the fourth on a walk, a throwing error and a fielder’s choice.

The Dillos stayed close with several key defensive plays. In the fifth, with a man on first and one out, Supple fielded a liner and threw to first to double off the runner. In the sixth, after a leadoff single, the Bambino threw to first to pick off the runner, which proved costly to the Warthogs, as the next two batters reached base, the latter on a single.

In the meantime, the Dillos’ offense was eerily silent until the seventh inning, when the team scored five times with some help from the opposing pitcher, who walked the Bambino, first baseman Dennis Johnson (1-3, BB, 2 runs) and left fielder Dann Van der Vliet (1-3, BB, 2 runs) to open the frame. Daw and Martin followed with infield hits to tie the score and the Dillos went ahead when Danis reached base on an error. Bolger then followed with a single to left, the first ball to hit out of the infield in the inning, to drive home two runs.

The Dillos came back with three more runs in the eighth as second baseman “DW” Wark (1-3, BB) walked and the Bambino, Van der Vliet, Daw and Martin all singled, with Daw driving in one run and Martin two.

On Sunday, the Dillos travel to Woodstock to play the 9-4 Killington Saints.