Pups go down in extra innings
By Greg Sullivan
The Pups proved last Wednesday they could respond with their backs to the wall; they just couldn't do it twice in the same game.
Down 2-1 to GMC going into the bottom of the sixth inning in Madison, the Pups answered the call with a Fred Williams double. Williams stole third and was driven in by a clutch ground ball from Stewart Spence, for Williams' second run scored of the game.
Tying the score at 2-2 with the run, the Pups forced extra innings. But that's where the home team ran out of steam, giving up four runs in the top of the seventh to go down 6-2 and this time the Pups didn't have an answer, falling to 2-2 on the season after the 6-2 defeat.
"This was a very sloppy game on our part, right from the outset," said Pups Head Coach Mike McSherry. "We must tip our caps to GMC, though, as they battled all the way to the end and played as a team while we played like nine individuals."
McSherry, however, said he still has high expectations for his team and is expecting them to work hard to get things going right again and hopefully play well this week despite time off due to intercession.
"We have a very good team, with loads of talent. Once these young men recognize this and choose to play as a team we will be very difficult to beat," he said. "We're going to shake things up a bit at Greene County and give some other players an opportunity. I fully expect the effort and hustle to be ratcheted up a few notches."
Alex Harris pitched the first four innings for the Pups in the game, giving up a run in each of the first two innings but kept things relatively close for the Pups' offense.
Carter Shultz picked up the loss but looked good until the seventh inning when GMC was able to put a few hits together. Roderick Rhodes came in to the mound to help the Pups out of the seventh.
Offensively, the Pups were held scoreless until the fourth inning when Fred Williams scored on a two-out single off the bat of Dylan Davis after being moved over to third base on a sacrifice by Stewart Spence.
The Pups played at Greene County Tuesday. Friday they hit the road again for a game at nearby Social Circle at 4:30 P.M. The team will be home again on Tuesday, March 25 when they host Greene County.