|Holyoke stays perfect at home|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
After suffering their first loss of the year last weekend in Limon, the Holyoke baseball squad bounced back in dominating fashion for the last home games of the regular season. The Dragons handily took down Akron 16-5 and 16-8 during the Wednesday, April 24 doubleheader.
The wins improved Holyoke’s record to 12-1, including a perfect 10-0 at home.
Holyoke 16, Akron 5
Holyoke did not get off to a great start in the doubleheader. Akron scored four runs in the top of the first inning on two hits and two costly errors to jump to an early lead.
HHS climbed out from the hole they had dug for themselves, however, rattling off 16 runs over five innings.
Coach John Zilla commended the aggressiveness of the team at the plate, but commented that some mental mistakes allowed Akron to have the big first inning.
“It’s scary how good we could be if we put it all together,” Zilla said.
Bradley Cumming sends a line drive past the shortstop for
In the nine-run first inning for the Dragons, Trevor Dalton, Jaydin Goldenstein, Deyten Klein, Logan Tharp, Bradley Cumming and Brett Cumming each knocked in runs. Goldenstein went 2-2 in the inning, hitting a single and a ground-rule double to dead center for a total of three RBIs.
Nearly every base runner for the Dragons tested the Akron catcher’s arm as they stole bases at every opportunity early in the game.
“We got some speed and we’re going to use it,” Zilla explained. “If we get a kid in scoring position, we have a lot more things we can do.”
After Klein was walked to begin the bottom half of the second inning, Tharp belted his first home run of the season. Brett Cumming and Dalton both drove in another run in the inning to increase the lead to 13-4.
Akron was able to tack on one more run in the fifth inning, but the damage had been done. The run rule was enforced in the fifth inning as the Dragons picked up the 16-5 victory.
Tharp was dominant on the mound throughout the match. In his complete-game performance, he gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts.
Tharp was also the largest contributor at the plate. He finished the game with three hits, four runs batted in and two runs scored.
Dalton, Goldenstein and Bradley Cumming each had two hits in the game. Jesus Hermosillo crossed home three times in the match to lead the Dragons.
Cesar Hinostroza dives back to first to avoid being tagged
Holyoke 16, Akron 8
Holyoke’s offensive display continued in the second game of the night as they took down Akron 16-8.
In the first inning, leadoff hitter Brett Cumming was 2-2 with a single and double that scored one as the Dragons piled on six runs to open the game.
Akron production exploded in the third inning as they crossed home seven times on four hits to take a 7-6 lead.
The Dragons responded with four runs of their own in the inning to recapture the lead at 10-7.
Akron scored one more run in the sixth but could not keep up with the high-scoring offense of the Dragons as HHS walked away with a 16-8 victory.
While Zilla has stressed aggressiveness at the plate, the team has done a solid job of balancing patience with the attack. In the game, HHS hitters walked 10 times and were hit by a pitch on four occasions.
Dalton started on the mound for Holyoke. He allowed seven runs, six earned, on three hits and two walked batters. He also struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Alfredo Santos closed out the game for the Dragons. He allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks. He managed to strike out three batters as well.
Four players had multi-hit games for the Dragon squad. Brett Cumming, Goldenstein, Hermosillo and Logan Tharp all posted two hits in the game.
Goldenstein was also responsible for five runs batted in.
“They bounced back and got two wins which is always important in league play,” Zilla said.
Holyoke Enterprise May 2, 2013