|Dragons breeze by Haxtun Tues.|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Holyoke improved to 4-0 after downing rival Haxtun 11-7 and 11-8 Tuesday, March 22.
The Dragons took to the home diamond in Holyoke for the first time this season to face the Bulldogs. On a windy and chilly afternoon, the Holyoke faithful stuck it out to watch the Dragons grab two more wins. As the two games progressed, the temperature dropped and winds picked up, but the Dragons battled to remain undefeated on the young season.
“It was a great victory in beating such a tough Haxtun team,” coach Kyle Bules said. “We continue to grow as a team and that will be the most important component to our success.”
Shortstop Reid Baumgartner attempts to tag out Brant Davis of
Holyoke 11, Haxtun 7
Holyoke managed to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the first three innings, largely due to the pitching effort from Jaydin Goldenstein who took the win on the mound for the Dragons.
Holyoke scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Haxtun ran three across home plate in the top of the fourth to take the 3-1 advantage.
The lead didn’t last long as the Dragons found the bats and scored six runs to reclaim the lead 7-3. Haxtun grabbed two more in the fifth while Holyoke saw three more runners cross home plate to keep a grasp on the lead.
Each team scored one in the sixth and the Bulldogs added one more in the final inning but it wouldn’t be enough as the Dragons took game one 11-7.
Goldenstein struck out nine batters on his way to the win. He pitched the first six innings allowing five walks, four hits and three earned runs. Alfredo Santos got the save after pitching the final inning. He gave up one earned run on two hits.
Brian DeBoer and Brett Cumming led slugging efforts with two hits apiece. Reid Baumgartner and DeBoer each finished with two RBI.
Alfredo Santos lays out to grab a pop fly during Holyoke’s 11-7 win
Holyoke 11, Haxtun 8
After a scoreless first inning, the Dragons poured it on in the bottom of the second, scoring six to take the early advantage.
Haxtun put two points up in the third and three in the top of the fourth to pull within one. The Dragons grabbed a bit of breathing room after scoring one in the bottom of the fourth.
The Bulldogs crossed home once in each of the final three innings while Holyoke managed three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Santos was credited with a single down the stretch but ended up rounding the bases for a home run after the Bulldogs committed numerous errors while trying to snag him for an out.
Jesus Hermosillo finished three for four at the plate with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and scored three runs.
Deyten Klein took the win after five innings of work. He walked five batters and allowed three earned runs on six hits. He also earned six strikeouts. Baumgartner captured the save allowing one earned run on one hit, one walk and earned three strikeouts.
“The kids played very tough and battled the elements (weather) very well,” Bules said. “They are learning a lot and have very high expectations of themselves.”