The Leigh/Schuyler Crawdads closed their home schedule last Thursday night with a convincing 6-2 throttling of the visiting Blair Dawgs in Dodge County Baseball League action.
Spencer Morris hurled the victory for the Crawdads with a complete game effort. He spaced out 12 hits but only walked one batter and finished with 12 strikeouts while allowing only one earned run. Blair’s Mark Schomer took the loss for the visitors.
“That was a super effort by Spencer tonight,” said Crawdads manager Keith Manak. “He had good control of all of his pitches tonight and he kept the ball over the plate. That was important for his success against Blair.”
Blair struck for the initial run of the game in their half of the first inning. Derek Bottelto led off with an infield single. Mills Macek followed with a weak bouncer back to Morris, but Morris’s toss to first was errant allowing Macek to reach base safely while Bottelto scampered to third base. Dane Appel then delivered with an RBI single driving in Bottelto to make it 1-0 in favor of the Dawgs.
The Crawdads bounced back in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
Blake Bubak blasted a triple to the wall in left field to lead off the inning for Schuyler. Jacob Morse then sent a high sacrifice fly to right field as Bubak trotted in with the tying run.
“Blake had another solid game for us tonight. To start off with a triple then bring him in to score was big for us. It gave us the early momentum that we needed,” said Manak.
Schuyler put some separation between itself and the Dawgs in the bottom of the third inning. Morse drove in Bubak with a one-out RBI single, Andy Alstadt doubled to centerfield to drive in Morse, then Trev Muth singled to drive in Josh Spenner giving the Crawdads a three-run cushion at 4-1.
“Once we scored those three runs, we felt pretty good about our chances of winning the game,” said Manak.
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The Crawdads lead grew to 5-1 an inning later when Dylan Benne was plunked by a pitch to lead off the fourth. Following a Schomer wild pitch, Benne then scored from second base on a single by Alstadt.
The Dawgs finally broke through for their second run in the seventh inning and it came in dramatic fashion. Bottelto crushed a lead-off home run to deep left-center field off a Morris fast ball cutting the Blair deficit to 5-2.
The Crawdads pushed their lead back to four runs in the bottom of the inning. Tucker Ramaekers led off with a walk, reached third on a single by Muth, then scored when Andy Akers hit into a 6-4-3 double-play.
The Crawdads were led offensively by Spenner and Muth, who both had three hits. Morse and Alstadt had two RBI’s each while Muth added one. Bubak had two runs scored while Morse, Spenner, Ramaekers, and Benne had one each. Bubak cracked the triple and Alstadt and Ramaekers each hit doubles for the Crawdads.
Bubak was pleased with his team’s aggressiveness at the plate.
“We went up there looking for hits," he said. "We had offensive help all up and down the lineup tonight and that really helped us keep the pressure on.”
The Crawdads finished the regular season with a 6-9 record and were waiting on the result of the Arlington Yutan game to see if the season continued. A Yutan win meant Leigh/Schuyler moves into the playoffs.
That contest was completed after the deadline for this week's Schuyler Sun.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.