Dateline: Running Cedar
The Twins took the field against the Yankees on a cloudy early Fall morning. The field was a bit soggy, but the teams were ready to play. Jake looked sharp in the top of first as he struck out two and induced a nice groundout to short. The Twins bats were silent in the first and after one it was 0-0. Jake returned to the mound and quickly struck out the first two Yankees. Their next batter hit a long shot to left. Nicholas calmly moved toward the ball and made a nice catch for out three. The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the second with a single by Andy and a few walks. Andy scored on a walk to Paul. After two it was 1-0 Twins.
Tommy came on in the third and looked great. He struck out three while walking only two batters. The wheels started to come off for the Yankees in the bottom of the third as the Twins jumped on a new pitcher. Jake walked, Nicholas singled and Tommy singled to load the bases. Tom walked to score Jake. Andy walked to score Nick. Kyle walked to score Tommy and Isaac walked to score Tom. When the dust had cleared four runs had scored and the Twins now held a 5-0 lead. Tommy continued to hold that lead by inducing the first batter to popup directly to the pitchers mound where Tommy made a nice catch. Then he struck out the next batter. The next batter walked. The next batter was the same guy who had hit the long shot to left earlier in the game. He drilled a long smash to right center. It scored one run, but good outfield play held the batter to a triple. Tommy struck out the last batter to end the threat. In the bottom of the fourth, the Twins added an insurance run. After a couple of outs, Jake drilled a long fly ball way over the right fielder’s head. Jake rounded the bases as the ball came into the infield. As he came to third Coach Grossman sent him home. The throw came to the plate and the umpire yelled….SAFE as he just beat the tag for a clear in-the-park home run. After four the Twins led 6-1.
Andy came on in the fifth for only his second appearance of the season. After a rocky first appearance, he looked very nice on the mound. He quickly struck out the side on only eleven pitches and the game ended 6-1 Twins.
Coach Grossman said “Our bats are starting to come alive. Our warm-ups looked much better and the pitching is vastly improved. We also made some nice plays in the field. I am really looking forward to next week.” Coach Goldstein said “I really liked how our catching looked. Our catchers did not give up a single run on a wild pitch and that puts enormous pressure on the other team.”
The Twins play three games next week with games at Fox Mill Road on Thursday, Hood Road on Friday and Running Cedar on Saturday.