Drovers Use Late Push To Win Weekend Series

The USAO Drovers sweeped the Saint Mary Spires, in a 2 game series cut short due to the weather. In game 1, the Drovers beat the Spires 9-4. In the 2nd game, the Drovers had a clutch hit from P.J. Garcia as they would have a walk off win 4-3.

Game 1:

In game 1 the Drovers came out on fire, as they would string together 15 hits. The Drovers would be led by Greg Barnette, as he would hit 3-3 with 2 singles and a double. Miguel Lorenzo went 3-4 with 3 singles. Daniel Lafarga 3-4 with 2 singles and a home run. P.J. Garcia went 2-4 with a double and a home run. Henry Rodriguez 2-3 with 2 doubles. Alex Sanchez went 1-4 with a single. Kenniel Rivera went 1-2 with a triple.

The Drovers got a good start from Francis Ventura, as he would go 5 1/3 giving up 2 earned runs and 1 unearned runs on 8 hits. Ventura finished with 5 strikeouts. Coming in to shut the door, was Angel Reyes. He went 1 2/3 and gave up 0 earned runs on 1 hit and 1 unearned run.

Player of the game: Greg Barnette

Winning Pitcher: Francis Ventura (1-0)

Game 2:

The Drovers bats caught fire late, as Garcia sent the Drovers home after a clutch walk off base hit to secure the win. In the 7th inning, the Drovers put up 3 runs on 4 hits. The offense for the Drovers put together 9 hits, and they were led by Alex Sanchez. He went 2-2 with a single and a double. Stevie Thompson went 2-3 with 2 singles. Miguel Lorenzo went 1-3 with a double. P.J. Garcia went 1-4 with a single. Henry Rodriguez went 1-2 with a single. Wyatt Hull went 1-1 with a big pinch hit single. Greg Barnette went 1-3 with a single.

The Drovers got a huge start Jose Hidalgo, as he went 6 innings and gave up 0 earned runs and 2 unearned runs on 1 hit . He also finished 11 strikeouts. Hidalgo finished with a no decision. The winning pitcher was Angel Reyes, as he went 1 inning and gave up 1 earned run and 1 unearned run on 2 hits.

Player of the game: Jose Hidalgo

Win: Angel Reyes (2-0)

Offensive player of the series:

Greg Barnette- He went 4-6 (.667), including a double and 3 singles.

Pitcher of the series:

Jose Hidalgo- He pitched 6 innings, and only allowed 1 hits. Hidalgo also finished with 11 strikeouts.

Outfielder Greg Barnette said “Offensively we did well for about 5 innings in a row we scored at least 1 run which is what we want to do score 1 run an inning. Guys all throughout the lineup stayed with the approach and we were able to string hits together, even a couple homers. Pitching did its job as always, Francis gave us solid innings and Angel shut the door. Good team win.”

Head Coach Mike Ross said “Offense did a great job in game one and the pitching staff did a good job limiting their scoring opportunities. Game 2 was the worst defensive performance we’ve had. Jose pitched really well and over came some tough jams. Offensively we hit some balls hard but nothing to show for it until the 7th. Proud of the way we battled back to earn the walk off win.”

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