Prince George Drops Dinwiddie
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Apr 12, 2014, 22:59
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PRINCE GEORGE—When Dinwiddie third baseman Carleigh Staszerwki slammed a towering three-run shot over the left field fence in the top of the first inning, Royals Coach Pat Waguespack was concerned but didn’t show any reaction. He knew that his team had the ability to come back from the deficit, and he has learned over the years that it’s better not to react and to let the game play out.
“I was concerned, but I’ve learned not to react at all. The only thing we can do is come in and see if we can get back into the game. They just need to know we are playing seven innings,” Waguespack said.
It didn’t take long for the Royals to strike back.
The Royals struck for four runs in the bottom of the inning, and never looked back as they closed out a 6-4 victory to push their record to 5-2. Dinwiddie’s record dropped to 4-4.
Short that first inning, Maddy Barlow took control on the mound and held the Generals scoreless through the next four innings. Waguespack switched pitchers in the sixth and lefty Taylor Harding finished things up allowing just one run in the seventh for the save.
The Generals got things going in the first inning when Cameron Branzelle was hit by an errant pitch. Taylor Davis followed with a single that put runners at first and second. A short-to-first ground out made it look like the Royals might escape the inning, but Staszewski took Barlow’s 2-0 offering deep over the left field fence. Barlow got the next two batters to fly out to center, and the Royals got their turn at bat.
“My drop ball, fast ball and screw ball were all working. The screw ball was giving them trouble, but I hit a couple people with it,” Barlow said.
In the bottom of the first, Casey Abernethy reached on a walk to get things going for the Royals. McKenzie Barlow singled to put two runners on with no outs. Whitney Clements reached on an error, scoring Abernethy and leaving runners on first and third. Haleigh Edwards then smoked a double over the left fielder’s head, scoring both Barlow and Clements to tie the game. She scored the go-ahead run on Mandy Almarode’s single up the middle.
Barlow also hit the first batter she faced in the second inning, but she immediately settled down and didn’t allow the base runner to score. A pop up to third, a fly out to center, and a pop up to first ended any threat. From that point on, Barlow controlled the Generals’ batters. Barlow owes a favor to centerfielder Almarode, who shut down the first inning by corralling a pair of Dinwiddie fly balls, and later snagged a line drive to right center to end the fifth.
The Royals padded their lead with runs in the second and fourth innings. The Barlow sisters each scored one of the runs, and McKenzie earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Maddy from third. McKenzie doubled with one out in the second inning, and scored on Whitney Clements single down the left field line. Maddy led off the fourth with a long triple to the left field gap and beat the throw to third base. She scored on her sister’s sacrifice fly to left.
“We knew we were going to move the ball against Donovan (Dinwiddie’s pitcher). We’re gonna score runs, it’s just a matter of time,” Waguespack said. “We put Taylor Harding in the sixth inning and she might have been a little nervous. She comes from the left side and it’s a little different look; we are hoping to take advantage of that throughout the season.”
Dinwiddie 300 000 1 – 4 6 3
Prince George 400 100 x – 6 8 4
Donovan and Adams. Barlow, Harding (6) and Daniel. W — Barlow.
Highlights: Carleigh Staszerwki (D) 2 for 3, 3-R HR; Taylor Davis (D) 2 for 4, run; McKenzie Barlow (PG) 2 for 3, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Haleigh Edwards (PG) 2 for 3, 2B, run, 2 RBIs; Whitney Clements (PG) 2 for 3, run, RBI; Maddy Barlow 3b, run.
Records: Dinwiddie 4-4; Prince George 5-2