homer from pinch hitter Justin Bivens.
“We didn’t execute when we were supposed to and we didn’t put the bunt down,” said McDonough head coach Mike Lydon, whose team had 10 hits and left nine runners on base in the game. “Early in the game we had the bases loaded and we popped up in the infield. Right now we are not hitting or doing the right things when we need it. When there is no pressure on us we can hit the ball. Bivens came in and hit a three-run homer that helped us out tremendously. But we had some errors and we didn’t hit early in the game.”
Bivens added, “That home run kept the momentum going and everyone excited about the game.”
Myers and Trevor Drummond each had two hits to lead the Rams.
Larson started on the mound for the Rams and went three innings with four strikeouts, allowing three runs on four hits and walked four batters.
Rams beat Patriots
Baseball statistics like the
ones associated with McDonough in Monday afternoon’s SMAC nondivision contest with the visiting Northern Patriots generally do not lead to good things.
The Rams were outhit by the Patriots and also committed six errors, exactly double Northern’s total for the game. But McDonough did a better job of producing hits in key moments than its guests and held the edge in the most important statistic at game’s end: the score. However ugly it may have been at times, the Rams held on for an 8-6 victory.
“Getting the win was good,” Lydon said, offering what was positive about his team’s performance. “I thought we played bad. We had six errors, all in the infield and my strong suit is my infield. I don’t want to say all six of their runs scored were unearned, but it was pretty close to it. We
The Patriots scored a pair of runs in the top of the second to move back in front 3-1. But again, the hosts responded, this time with a five-run outburst that put them in front to stay. The Rams had just two base hits in the inning, the last being a two-run Larson triple to close the inning’s scoring, but also drew two walks and had two hit batters with all four of those runners eventually scoring.
After McDonough tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth, Nortthern again loaded the bases in the top of the sixth. But with two outs, pitcher Brant Butler induced a pop-up to escape the jam.
Butler then worked a 1-2-3 seventh — the only time in the game that the Patriots went down in order — to nail down the win for the hosts.
Larson, with a double and triple, was the only McDonough player to log a multi-hit game, while Drummond, Bivens and Quinn Robertson each scored twice.
The Rams produced just six base hits, but drew six walks and had two hit batters.
“It’s a big accomplishment to keep winning at home,” said Drummond, who was 1 for 3 with a walk, RBI and the two runs. “The guys keep putting up a decent amount of runs and our pitching has been outstanding for the last couple of weeks. We had a couple of errors today, but at the end of the day we made some big plays and got the outs that we needed to.”
The win was the fifth in the last six games for McDonough. Even with the largely positive run the team has been on, Lydon is still looking for his team to play a complete game, especially with the season rapidly moving into the home stretch.
“What I need to see is better effort, and in the infield we need to quit making so many errors,” he said. “Baserunning, when we’re giving the bunt sign we’re not putting the bunt down, a couple signs we’re missing. We’re not playing baseball the way it’s supposed to be played. We’re playing like, ‘We’re good. We can just throw our hats on and go out there and play.’ Every game we play is like this. We have not played a game consistently that from the beginning we should have won.”
McDonough will look to make it six wins in its last seven with its scheduled matchup at Lackey at 4:30 p.m. today.
McDonough’s Justin Bivens is congratulated by assistant coach Danny Lydon after hitting a threerun home run in the fifth inning of Friday’s game at La Plata. The Warriors countered with a three-run shot from Jake Hanks in the sixth and held on to win 7-6.