Janet Schrader, Democrat Reporter
Parents gave a sigh of relief as the Suwannee Summer Dog baseball team played its last game of the season Tuesday, July 8.
It's been a tough season for the Summer Dogs. Not too many wins, lots of hard games, several double headers and a long tournament in Tallahassee put a lot of stress on the players and their parents.
The Summer Dogs lost this last game to Columbia County in extra innings 4-6.
Nick Reppert started on the mound for the Summer Dogs. Reppert will be a sophomore next year. He gave up two runs in the first to put the Dogs into an early hole. Columbia's starting pitcher had a wicked fast ball, and the Dogs were unable to score until the sixth inning when his fast ball started to slow down. By then, the score was 0-4.
Rob Carbonneau was the first Suwannee batter to figure out the fast Columbia left-hander. Carbonneau played second base and had several great fielding plays. He also got a solid base hit during the third inning, one of Suwannee's few. Carbonneau smacked a long double against the right field fence to get things rolling in the sixth. Jon Bell got on base through a catching error, and Carbonneau made it to third then scored when Ty Fillyaw singled.
Fillyaw made a great move, drawing the heat by trying to steal second. Lake City got confused, tried for Fillyaw and when Bell headed for home, threw for Bell. But, it was too late. Bell scored and Fillyaw made it safely to second. The score was 2-4 at the end of six.
Rheed Baldwin came in to relieve Reppert in the fourth. He held Lake City scoreless through the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, the tough Lake City pitcher gave up his first walk of the game to Don Wainwright. Billy Moran singled, but Wainwright got put out at second. Moran stole second and Carbonneau drew a walk. About that time activity started up in the Lake City bullpen.
William Yanossy walked to load the base for Suwannee. Baldwin got a base hit and Moran and Carbonneau scored to tie the game at 4-4. The game headed into inning number eight.
Baldwin was strong in the eighth. Carbonneau made another great catch and throw from second for the second out and Baldwin struck out the last Lake City batter.
Lake City trotted out a new pitcher in the bottom of the eighth for the Dogs to have a go at. Moran got the only base hit of the inning and the game went into inning nine with Baldwin on the mound again for Suwannee.
Baldwin tired in the ninth and gave up one unearned run and an earned run to make it 4-6. Suwannee couldn't score in the ninth and the final score was 4-6, Lake City.
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