One way or the other, they usually find a way to win.
That has been the theme for the Dodgers this summer in the West Georgia Men’s Baseball League. The unbeaten Dodgers ran their record to 6-0 on Tuesday night with a 7-3 win over the scrappy Red Sox at the Harris Baseball Complex.
The Dodgers would score the first seven runs in the game. The Dodgers were prepared to rock and did, scoring all seven of their runs in the first four innings of the contest in LaGrange.
“We got the sticks going early. We came out ready to play. A few of us played high school baseball together,” said Dodgers center fielder Robert Butts.
The experience factor and the confidence in the batter’s box paid off for the Dodgers. They never looked back after taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Butts led off for the Dodgers with a double to center field.
Dodgers third baseman Drew Lewiski kept the rally intact with a bloop single to right field. Lewiski was picked off first base by Red sox pitcher Hunter Rollins. Butts, however, scored on a wild pitch.
The first inning highlights also included Mike Bryan stealing third base and scoring on a Red Sox throwing error. The Dodgers had a 2-0 advantage, and then it was a 3-0 lead in the second inning after a Ricky Fuller double and a Red Sox fielding error.
In the top of the third inning the Red Sox had something going as well. Drew Campbell and John Pursley both singled. But pinch runner Hunter Rollins was picked off first base.
The Red Sox were still on the short end of a 3-0 score. It would only get worse for the boys in red. The Dodgers added on, expanding their lead to 50 in the bottom of the third inning.
That rally was fueled by a Brock Barber single, a Brad Bartlett double, a Fuller RBI single and a Scotty Smith RBI sacrifice fly. Bartlett scored run No. 5 for the Dodgers.
There were more runs to follow. The Dodgers had a two-run rally to open up a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning. Butts, Bartlett and Fuller had hits in the inning. Bartlett also scored on a Red Sox throwing error.
“We were having fun and playing as a team,” said Drew Lewiski, the Dodgers infielder and the former LaGrange College running back (2015-2018). “We put the ball in play, and we fed off of each other.”
The Dodgers merely had to hang on after that. The Red Sox tried to get back into the game. The Red Sox scored the last three runs of the night. They took a hint from Joseph Shaw, who doubled to left field for the Red Sox in the fifth inning.
One inning later, in the top of the sixth, the Red Sox scored their first two runs of the game. Manny Scott singled and scored on a Dodgers error. Chris Cothran swiped third base in the inning, too.
But the big blow was Ryan Wright’s 300-foot solo home run over the right field fence. That reduced the Dodger lead to five funs at 7-2. The Red Sox also scored a run in the seventh inning after a Joseph Shaw infield single and a Dodgers wild pitch.
The Red Sox still lost the game. They are 1-5 on the season, but they did come up with seven hits against the best team in the league. The Dodgers are that first place team.
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