SSRLNJ­FIHOG CODLPS GLSWRLCW WLWOH

The Globe - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin

,n sRPH JDPHs WhH finDO scRrH GRHs nRW rHSrHsHnW hRw com­pet­i­tive a game ac­tu­ally Ls. ThDW wDs WhH cDsH Ln WhH DLsWrLcW 2nH CODss AA chDP­pi­onship game be­tween SSrLnJ­fiHOG DnG BrLsWRO.

SSrLnJ­fiHOG SuW uS fivH runs Ln WhH finDO Ln­nLnJ WR bust open an oth­er­wise cORsHOy cRnWHsWHG JDPH. ThH finDO OHGJHr rHDG 8-1 Ln IDvRr of the Spar­tans, but Bris­tol SuW uS D fiJhW DnG JDvH WhHP DOO WhHy cRuOG hDnGOH IRr most of the game.

ThH GLIIHrHncH Ln WhH JDPH IRr SSrLnJ­fiHOG wDs sRShRPRrH SLWchHr -uOLDn SDOW]Hr whR SLWchHG D ErLOOLDnW JDPH, SDrWLcuODrOy WhrRuJh WhH firsW 4 1/3 in­nings.

“ThHy swLnJ HDrOy Ln cRunWs DnG wH WhRuJhW WhDW IDvRrHG -uOHs D ORW EH­cause his ball moves a ton,” SSrLnJ­fiHOG cRDch ChrLs ShHOOy sDLG. “ThH NLG hDs moxy, you can see it.”

SDO]Hr hDG WhH IuOO suS­port of his team­mates both Ln WhH fiHOG DnG DW WhH SODWH. ThH SSDrWDns sWDrWHG WhH scor­ing early grab­bing a quLcN RnH-run OHDG Ln WhH WRS RI WhH firsW EHIRrH SDO]Hr HvHn WRRN WhH PRunG. SSrLnJ­fiHOG WhHn scRrHG DJDLn Ln WhH sHcRnG whHn ChDsH /uxWRn WrLSOHG DnG WhHn wDs NnRcNHG Ln Rn D JrRunGRuW Ey ,Dn 4uLJJ.

“WH juPSHG Rn WhHP Ln WhH firsW Ln­nLnJ whLch Ls huJH IRr us. WH usuDOOy GRn’W JHW OHDGs DnG wH JRW DIWHr LW Ln WhH firsW Ln­nLnJ,” ShHOOy sDLG.

AIWHr WhH firsW WwR Ln­nLnJs Bris­tol pitcher Dy­lan Evert sWDrWHG WR finG hLs JrRRvH DnG WhH SSDrWDns wRuOG nRW score again un­til the sixth in­ning. With the Spring­fiHOG RIIHnsH hDOWHG, WhH WDr­rLRrs ORRNHG WR JHnHrate some runs, but balls just NHSW finGLnJ SSDrWDns PLWWs. SDO]Hr rHcRrGHG RnOy RnH sWrLNHRuW, HLJhW fly RuWs DnG 12 JrRunGEDOO RuWs Hn rRuWH to a com­plete game.

“ThDW’s hRw , SLWch,” SDO]Hr sDLG. “SRPH WLPHs , JHW PRrH sWrLNHRuWs WhHn RWhHr GDys, EuW , rHDOOy wDnWHG WR SLWch WR cRnWDcW NHHS WhH EDOO ORw DnG Py fiHOGHrs PDGH DOO WhH SODys which was awe­some.”

ThH JDPH DOsR IHDWurHG sRPH rHDOOy nLcH GHIHn­sLvH HIIRrWs Rn ERWh sLGHs. FRr WhH SSDrWDns shRrWsWRS /uNH 3ROORcN DnG WhLrG EDsHPDn -HII HDPPRns flDshHG sRPH nLcH OHDWhHr Dc­cRPSDnLHG wLWh cDn­nRn WhrRws on a con­sis­tent ba­sis.

ThH SODy RI WhH JDPH EHORnJHG WR BrLsWRO cHnWHr­fiHOGHr SHDn CRuJhOLn. ,n WhH fourth in­ning with run­ners DnG firsW DnG sHcRnG wLWh WwR RuWs 4uLJJ hLW D shRW WhDW ORRNHG IRr surH OLNH LW wDs JRLnJ WR finG D JDS whHn CRuJhOLn PDGH D IuOO HxWHn­sLRn GLvLnJ cDWch WR HnG D po­ten­tially huge threat for SSrLnJ­fiHOG.

WLWh WhH wLn SSrLnJ­fiHOG not only cap­tures that DisWrLcW 2nH CODss AA chDP­pi­onship, but will now play 1HuPDnn-GRrHWWL Rn TuHsGDy IRr D chDncH WR SODy Ln the state tour­na­ment.

“WH hDvH D ORW RI cRn­fiGHncH nRw JRLnJ LnWR [Rur next gamez, we want a state birth more than any­thing HOsH DnG wHrH JRLnJ WR JR RuW DnG Wry WR JHW GRrHWWL Rn TuHsGDy,” SDO]Hr sDLG.

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