Janet Schrader, Democrat Reporter

The Summer Dogs are back in business. It's been a rough start for the Dogs' summer baseball team. They lost their first game to Madison 6-7, got rained out in their second game against Taylor County and split a double header in Madison June 9. They lost the first game 9-10 but dimed the Cowboys in the second game 10-0.

Rain clouds threatened to end the first game early, but they passed to the south and the Summer Dogs got down to the business of winning a ball game. But Madison had their star pitcher on the mound and the Summer Dogs took too long to figure him out.

Suwannee led off in the first inning, taking a one-run lead going into the second inning. Rheed Baldwin was the starting pitcher for the Dogs. He got into trouble in the second. Madison scored to tie it at 1-1 when Dog catcher Taylor Abercrombie made an error throwing to first. Abercrombie redeemed himself shortly thereafter by catching a high fly behind the plate for a Cowboy out. But Suwannee was down after the third 1-2.

Billy Moran got an infield single for the Dogs in the third. But Suwannee's at-bat ended with no more runs scored.

Baldwin got into more trouble in the bottom of the third. Madison scored off another Dog error and then off a bad pitch. When the tally for the Cowboys reached six runs, Coach Ron Gray pulled Baldwin and sent Ryan Stovall in to pitch. Stovall struck out the first Cowboy batter, and Don Wainwright made a good catch in center field for the last out of the inning. But the Dogs headed into the fourth down 1-6.

The Dogs came up empty in the top of the fourth, and Stovall took the mound again for Suwannee. Stovall gave up two runs, and Billy Moran replaced him. Moran came in with the score 8-1, bases loaded and only one out. The Cowboys hit into a double play but not until one more run had scored making it 1-9 Cowboys going into the fifth.

Dog batters woke up in the bottom of the fifth inning. Summer Dog fans cheered as the Dogs started to catch up.

Billy Moran got things started when he mowed down the first baseman to get on with an infield hit. Rob Carboneau walked, and Ryan Stovall smacked a two-RBI triple against the centerfield wall. It was 9-3 Cowboys with two outs. Jon Bell was up and Stovall scored off a bad throw from the Cowboy catcher to first. Moran took the mound again in the bottom of the fifth with the score 4-9 Cowboys. Moran held the Cowboys scoreless in the fifth, and the Dogs came up to bat in the sixth with hope in their hearts.

Taylor Abercrombie got things rolling for the Dogs when he was hit by a pitch. Garrett Brown walked and Moran walked to load the bases for the Dogs. Carboneau singled to score Abercrombie and Brown. Stovall singled to load the bases. Ross Arantino hit a base-clearing double to tie it up at 9-9.

Don Wainwright took the mound for Suwannee in the bottom of the sixth to make it four pitchers for the Dogs. Wainwright retired the Cowboys after giving up one hit but no runs. The Dogs couldn't score in the seventh, and the game ended for the Dogs when a Cowboy scored off a Bulldog error in the bottom of the seventh. The final score was 10-9 Madison.

Nick Reppert started for the Summer Dogs in game two. Reppert pitched five innings and was relieved by Ross Arantino. Arantino was relieved by Garret Brown who has given up catching to return to his favorite position--pitching.

Look for Summer Dog baseball at home against Godby on Monday night, June 16. Come out and enjoy some summer ball in Suwannee High's premier baseball facility. Go Dogs!

Janet Schrader may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 132 or by e-mail at janet.schrader@gaflnews.com.

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