Good Morning, Baseball Fans!!!
Congratulations to the Watertown RED Raiders as they beat their crosstown rivals in the FallBall Opener, by a score of 11-5. The Watertown Black squad put up two runs early, highlighted by a left field bomb by John Pace. RED stayed composed and kept the pressure on by scoring 11 runs over the next four innings. Before the game we talked about winning with Defense and Awareness...and our boys did not disappoint.
At the plate the Raiders were patient, made contact on good pitches and worked walks to keep the pressure on. Baserunning was excellent highlighted by Morgen Brock's awareness on the bases and hustle by speedy Luca DeFrancesco (3 runs scored). Gunnar Melling led the way with the bat producing a 3-hit game. Both Gunnar and Morgen excelled with runners on base, knocking in two runs a piece.
On defense we were mostly solid. We limited throwing the ball around and did a great job backing each other up. Kudos to our 9-year olds (Jake Mosca, Leo Orifice and Luca) who caught all six innings and did a good job keeping the ball in front of them. There were a few things to tighten up - but very solid for the first game.
The pitching was tremendous on Sunday as Justin Griffin, Jake, Leo and Gunnar combined for 14 strikeouts and only 3 hits over 6 innings. Our pitchers did what they needed to do - keep the ball around the plate, stay composed and battle through adversity.
All in all a very impressive first go for Watertown RED!
We've scheduled a practice at 5pm on Tuesday at Bemis to keep working on our game. Practice will wrap promptly at 6:30pm.
Next Sunday we travel to Belmont (Grove Street) next week for another 3pm game. Please arrive no later than 2:30pm and let us know in advance if your player cannot make the game.
Thanks to all and have a great week!