Dateline: Stratton Woods
The RHLL AAA Nationals jumped out to an early lead on the AAA NL Mets and captured an 11-0 victory on Thursday at Stratton Woods.The game was decided quickly as the RHLL AAA Nationals exerted their will early with eight runs in the first three innings.
An RBI single by Jacob, an RBI double by CJ , a sacrifice fly by Henry, and a walk by Joseph T during the first inning and an RBI single by Kahlil, an RBI triple by Jake, and an RBI single by CJ in the second inning helped the RHLL AAA Nationals put some runs on the board early. Anthony made a huge defensive play at short as he drifted back and caught a ball in shallow left field and then sprinted to second to outrun the runner who was nearly at third as the Mets were sure the ball would drop.
CJ smashed 3 hits and racked up 4 RBI’s and Jake drilled a triple to center and picked up three RBIs on two hits for the Nationals.
In the fifth, CJ smashed a single and just kept running. He almost overtook the runner ahead of him and there was a very complex situation in that two runners were on third at the same time. Coach Forest did a great job of directing traffic making it so the two runners were not on the base at the same time and thanks to his fine work only one runner was declared out on the play.
Shane brought the heat against the AAA NL Mets during his outing. Shane held the AAA NL Mets hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out six. Khalil came on in relief in the second and got two strikeouts. Frankie pitched two scoreless innings and Henry wrapped things up on the mound with three quick out in the sixth with one groundout back to the mound and one that Khalil made a great play. The Mets only got one runner to third as the Nats pitching was excellent.
Coach Grossman was available only briefly as he had to make immediate preparations for the game on Saturday. He said, “Well you always have to enjoy games like this as they don’t happen every day. I was especially pleased by how well our hitters are doing at making contact and putting the ball in play. Our pitchers threw a ton of strikes and no one stole a base on our catchers. We have plenty of things we can improve — especially with our base running , but we are certainly coming along nicely.