Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion

SS Hard­ing goes 2 for 3, scores 3 runs on birth­day

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s base­ball team cel­e­brated a birth­day and a vic­tory Tues­day.

The Vik­ings sang “Happy Birth­day” to start­ing short­stop Tyler Hard­ing while cel­e­brat­ing the 10-3 win over Kent County. Hard­ing went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and turned two double plays with sec­ond base­man Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton.

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High’s base­ball team cel­e­brated a birth­day and a vic­tory Tues­day.

The Vik­ings sang “Happy Birth­day” to start­ing short­stop Tyler Hard­ing while cel­e­brat­ing the 10-3 win over Kent County. Hard­ing went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and turned two double plays with sec­ond base­man Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton.

The first double play came in the top of the sec­ond with run­ners at the cor­ners and no outs. C-SD pitcher Ryan Car­tright in­duced Wayne Mor­ris to hit a grounder to Mid­dle­ton who tossed to Hard­ing at sec­ond to be­gin a 4-6-3 double play. Kenny Fowler scored on the play to give the Tro­jans a 1-0 lead.

“Tyler and Lo­gan in the mid­dle are like peanut but­ter and jelly,” said Vik­ings head coach Chad Wolfe whose team im­proved to 4-4 over­all, 2-0 North Bay­side. “They work hard to­gether. They en­joy­ing turn­ing double plays to­gether.

“That was very, very big early in the game,” Wolfe said of the sec­ond-in­ning double play. “They were able to turn a double play later in the game too, which helped us out big time.”

From there, Car­tright cruised through six in­nings to pick up the vic­tory. He struck out four and al­lowed two earned runs.

“I’m very proud of him,” Wolfe said. “Today he threw strikes. He didn’t walk any­one un­til the sixth. We played very clean be­hind him. He has good stuff. When he throws strikes and we play well be­hind him, we know we have a good chance to win.”

Trail­ing 1-0 in

the

third, Mid­dle­ton sin­gled with one out, then stole sec­ond. Lead­off hit­ter Khalik Beasley (2 for 3, three RBIs) launched a Don­nie For­gan pitch to deep right for an RBI ground-rule double to tie the score at 1-1. Shamar Young gave the Vik­ings a 2-1 lead with a sin­gle that scored Beasley.

Hard­ing sin­gled to put two on. One out later, Max Pres­ley sin­gled to score Young for a 3-1 lead. Tommy Crane fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle to score Hard­ing for a 4-1 lead.

“No one is hot­ter right now than Khalik Beasley,” Wolfe said. “He has power. He goes the other way. He draws walks. He has a ton of speed. He has been great for us lead­ing off. He got us go­ing today.”

C-SD added three more in the fourth. Mid­dle­ton and Beasley walked to open the in­ning. Young then ripped a two-rule sin­gle to cen­ter. Hard­ing fol­lowed with an RBI fielder’s choice ground­out to plate Young for a 7-1 lead.

“That is what we have been wait­ing for — timely hits,” Wolfe said. “Today, the guys stepped up — all up and down or­der — and had some big, big, clutch hits for us.”

Beasley’s two-run sin­gle in the fifth bumped the lead to 9-1.

Fowler drove in a run for the Tro­jans (2-6, 0-2) with an RBI sin­gle in the sixth to make the score 9-2. Hard­ing scored on a wild pitch in the bot­tom of the sixth to in­crease CSD’s lead to 10-2. Clint Meekins fin­ished the game on the mound for the Vik­ings. He al­lowed a run on a walk.

SOFT­BALL St. Michaels 15 N. Dorch­ester 5

ST. MICHAELS — Sa­van­nah Ste­wart, Layla Berry (three RBIs) and Sin­cere Tay­lor (three RBIs) each had three hits Mon­day to pace the Saints in six in­nings.

McKenna Brown­ing picked up the win, al­low­ing eight hits, three walks while strik­ing out eight. Han­nah Seek went 2 for 3 with four RBIs, and Kristin Led­num, Brown­ing, and Jor­dan Bate­son each had two hits.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tyler Hard­ing rips a sin­gle to cen­ter against Kent County Tues­day, April 10.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester cen­ter fielder Khalik Beasley rips a pitch for an RBI ground-rule­dou­ble against Kent County Tues­day, April 10.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester sec­ond base­man Lo­gan Mid­dle­ton, right, tosses to short­stop Tyler Hard­ing to start a double play against Kent County Tues­day, April 10.

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