The Suwannee High Summer Dogs started the season off with a bang Tuesday, June 1. The Dogs shut Madison down. The Cowboys were unable to score any runs in two games. Not only did the Summer Dogs shut out the Cowboys twice, 10-0, both games were ended by a home run and both games were ended by the 10-run rule early. Game one ended in the fifth inning when Josh Wigelsworth hit a three-run homer to make the score 10-0. It was also Wigelsworth's first home run ever as a Bulldog. Matt Yanossy hit two home runs in the double header. His second homer ended game number two in the sixth inning. The final score for that game was 10-0 also.
Suwannee used a slew of pitchers. The Summer Dog team is fat with varsity Bulldog ball players. Six pitchers took turns on the mound, getting valuable experience and innings under their belts.
Ross Aretino pitched the first three innings in the first game and took home the win. Billy Moran started things for the Suwannee offense with a short hit into the infield that he outran for a base hit. Rheed Baldwin hit a double off the first pitch putting Moran on third. Gabe Galloway singled scoring Moran.
It was three up, three down for Aretino in the second. Marc Radford was up first and singled into center field. Michael Keene walked and Aretino singled. Radford scored off Moran's base hit. After two innings the score was 2-0.
A great double play ended the third inning for Madison. Moran at short stop fielded the ball, stepped on second base and threw to Rheed Baldwin at first for the two outs.
Taylor Abercrombie walked to start things rolling in the third. Abercrombie advanced off a sacrifice fly by Zack Davis. Abercrombie advanced to third off a Madison throwing error and scored when Radford singled. At the end of three it was 3-0.
Daniel Tillman pitched the fourth inning. This was Tillman's first outing with the varsity squad. He struck out the first batter, and a fly ball ended the inning for Madison.
The Cowboys trotted out a new pitcher for the fourth. Aretino got a base hit off the new guy. Moran doubled into center scoring Aretino. Baldwin hit a one-hopper that was thrown into the dugout out of play. Baldwin took second base and Moran scored. Galloway got a base hit, but Baldwin was out at third. Matt Yanossy hit his first home run of the night scoring Galloway. The score went to 7-0.
Michael Keene pitched the fifth. Keene sent three in a row back to the dugout.
Madison trotted out another new pitcher for the fifth. Radford led off for Suwannee in the bottom of the fifth. He popped up, but the Cowboy outfielder dropped the ball. Radford stole second and Keene walked. That was when Josh Wigelsworth ended the game by smacking a home run over the left field fence. Three runs sent the score to 10-0. Game over.
In the second game, Billy Moran pitched the first three innings. Moran sent three straight batters back to the dugout in the first. He also got things rolling in the number-two position batting. Moran singled, stole second and third. With two outs, Galloway hit a fly, but it was dropped and Moran scored. Galloway stole his way to third. Yanossy walked and Abercrombie singled to drive in Galloway. After one inning, the Dogs were up 2-0.
In the second, Chad McGalliard walked, Zack Davis got a base hit and Keene walked to load the bases. Aretino doubled, driving in two runs. Moran walked and Galloway drove in two runs. The score after two was 6-0.
Suwannee scored another run in the third to make it 7-0. Austin Brewster came in to pitch in the fourth. This was Brewster's debut with the varsity squad. Aretino made a great catch in left field to end the inning.
Marc Radford pitched the fifth and sixth for Suwannee, keeping Madison shut out. The Dogs scored two more runs in the fifth to make it 9-0 going into the sixth inning. Yanossy hit his second homer in the sixth, ending the game there at 10-0.
Look for more Summer Dog action at home on Tuesday, June 14 when they take on North Florida Christian in a double-header. The first game starts at 6 p.m. Come out and watch some exciting summer baseball.
Janet Schrader-Seccafico may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 134 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.