Pups take down undefeated Youth
By Greg Sullivan
The Diamond Pups knocked off undefeated Youth on Friday, 6-5, for their second win of the week and their fourth straight overall.
Dylan Peppers came up big for the Pups, getting the win on the mound and helping himself out at the plate with a two-run home run.
"He pitched a great game," said Pups Head Coach Brian Cousins of Peppers. "We took him out because he got hit twice. Otherwise, he would have stayed in."
After the second time a Youth batter knocked a ball off Peppers, while at the mound, Peppers came out of the game due to injury.
Roderick Rhodes relieved Peppers and later Fred Williams closed out the game and picked up the save.
"Fred came in and did a great job," Cousins said.
The win puts the Pups' record at 6-2, and their first loss of the year puts Youth's record at 6-1.
The Pups won't have much time to rest on their laurels, however, as Youth comes to Madison for a rematch on Thursday afternoon.
"It's going to be tough," Cousins said of the rematch. "It's basically for who's going to be in the driver's seat for our league."
The Pups then must play a double-header at Carver on Friday.
Last Tuesday the Pups hammered Greene 19-9 in Madison behind the pitching of Will Henry, Roderick Rhodes, Carter Shultz and Alex Harris. Offensively, several Pups got into the act. Cousins pointed to Billy Peters, Trenton Hawk and Dustin Taylor for having good games at the plate in the contest. Peppers had a double and a triple in the win.
"We hit the ball pretty well, but we needed to focus more on defense," Cousins said. Overall, though, he said it was a good win for the team.