Game Recap: Kanata Cubs vs Bytown Dodgers
Aggressive Hitting was the instructionUpdated Thursday June 13, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.
The Kanata Cubs were playing host to the Bytown Dodgers. This would be their first match up of the season. Kanata was sending Owen Perry to the mound to start the game against the Dodgers and he was accurate and all over that strike zone early. An early single got the Dodgers player aboard with a single to right field. As the dodgers player tried to stretch the single to a double Thomas got the ball in quickly from right field to 2nd base to catch the runner in a pickle which the Cubs had just worked on in practice and executed perfectly. Hunter McKnight got a nice throw from Coleman, Hunter then ran the player back and was able to get the tag. A single and a walk is all the Dodgers would get this inning as a grounder to Coleman at 2nd who flipped to Cameron at 1st gave the Cubs their second out. Owen Perry did the rest getting the #5 batter in the Dodgers lineup courtesy of the strikeout looking. It was time for the Cubs to hit the sticks. The coaches were trying to instill the hitters aggressive mentality. Coleman led off with a single and advanced on a pass ball to second and to 3rd on a Scot single through the infield. Mason came up and hit a high fly ball to center. Both Cubs runners would tag and attempt to advance. Coleman was safe at home but Scot was called out on a close sliding play at 2nd. After Connor was hit by a pitch that was all the baserunners the Cubs would get this bottom half inning. Cubs take early 1-0 lead.
Owen Perry was back on the hill for the second inning. After the Dodgers leadoff batter got a single. A ground ball to 3rd Hunter fielded and fired a hard throw to 2nd to get the lead runner for the first out with a fielders choice. The next batter had a similar fate but grounded to Scot at Shortstop and he tossed to Coleman at 2nd for back to back fielders choice outs in the inning. Owen took care of that next out himself courtesy of the strikeout. The Cubs were up at the bottom of the second and unfortunately were send 3 up and 3 down with two strikeouts.
Owen headed back out on the mound with a fantastic pitch count headed into the 3rd inning having only thrown 21 pitches. The lead off batter hit a big double to the fence in right centre field. The coach called for the bunt sacrifice which the Dodgers executed with a bunt and Owen P fielded as he came off the mound and threw to Cameron at 1st as the runner advanced to 3rd. The Dodgers runner scored from 3rd on a single by the next batter but that is all that Owen would allow as he struck out the next two batters. In the bottom of the third inning after the first two batters got out Coleman, Scot, and Mason all worked walks to load the bases. Connor hit a check swing single which scored Coleman. Hunter reached base on a dropped third strike and Scot was able to score. An Owen single had another run score for the Cubs. Cubs score 3 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Cubs lead 4-1.
In the fourth inning Owen P had a 3 up 3 down inning with the first being a deep fly ball to centerfield, Owen L had a hard throw to Scot and was able to lay the tag for the runner taking 2nd. A Fly ball to Connor in right field gave the Cubs out number 2 and Owen struck out the 3rd batter for out number 3. With one out the Cubs were in business with Thomas hitting a single. After a pass ball and a stolen base Thomas was on 3rd for Cameron who hit a single to bring him home giving the Cubs their 5th run. Coleman continued his perfect night at the plate with a single scoring Cameron. Kyle hit a 2 run single just inside the 1st baseline which made its way to right field. Connor also singled in the inning but that was all the Cubs would be able to get but not before they scored 4 more in the inning. Cubs lead 8-1.
5th inning was upon us and Owen was on the mound ready for one more inning against the Dodgers. Owen was still going strong in the 5th as he got the first out himself by strikeout. The next batter hit a ground ball to short where Scot fielded it and fired across the diamond to Cameron for our number 2. The next batter managed to reach on a fly ball communication error between our fielders but it wouldn’t cost us as the next batter flew out to Connor in Right Field. Cubs were back on the sticks. Jacob was leading off and was walked after a good at bat where Jacob was able to foul off a couple of balls before reaching base on the walk. Cameron hit a single scoring Jacob after he stole second. Coleman singled and the Cubs had runners at 2nd and 3rd for Scot. Scot said to coach he was hitting one for AB. Well he sure did! Scot roped a 2 run double scoring both Coleman and Cameron bringing the Cubs to 11 runs and the mercy victory.
Final Score: Kanata Cubs 11 Bytown Dodgers 1
Player of the Game: Owen Perry (5 IP, 6K’s, 1BB and a 1b at the plate) AND Thomas Mullins who got his first hit of the season and