By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Bulldogs boys baseball team (2-0) defeated the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats in a doubleheader on Apr. 6 in the season and home opener at Wayne Welton Field.
In the opening game the Bulldogs won 10-0, ending the game early in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule as they outhit the River Rats 11-4.
All of the Bulldogs runs came in the first two innings, seven of them in the second.
Hunter Lay drove in the first Bulldog run on a double to center field, Carson Robinson notched a run batted in (RBI) with a fly out, and a single from G. Bell scored the third run in the first inning.
Parker Shaw led the team in the first game going 3-4 with 2 runs, Joe Taylor went 2-3, Lay went 2-3, and Robinson went 1-3 with 3 RBI’s and the only Bulldog home run to right field.
Lay earned the win as the pitcher, with Gr. Bell and Carson Robinson pitching in relief.
The second game would go the full seven innings but with a similar outcome.
The River Rats would get on the board early as they loaded the bases in the top of the first. One batter was walked in and a fly out brought the second in as they took a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, the Bulldogs tied it. Owen Brown singled as the leadoff man and got into scoring position by taking third base from first on an errant pitch to Shaw, who was walked.
Brown scored the first Bulldog run from third on an errant pitch that advanced Shaw to second. Then, Lay hit a standup double that brought Shaw in to tie it at two.
In the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs took the lead, 4-2. A balk scored Quinn Starkey to make it 3-2 and a hit from Shaw that hit the infield gap to left field allowed Brown to score from second for the fourth run.
In the fourth inning Brown came in for relief and he and Nick Scritchfield helped close the game out on the mound with a solid defensive performance behind them from the Bulldogs.
Shaw brought in Gr. Bell from with a hit in between the center and right fielder to make it 5-3 before a hit to deep left that hit the fence from Lay brought in Shaw to make it 6-3.
The fifth inning began with the second home run of the day for Robinson, a deep solo shot that cleared the right fence with ease. The Bulldogs added two more runs with Gr. Bell bringing home his brother from second with a double down the third baseline for one and Brown hitting a line drive to center to bring in Bell and Taylor.
Hunter Neff scored from third on an errant pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 11-3 and a hit to right field from Taylor brought home Scritchfield from second to make it 12-3.
The Bulldogs would load the bases, but the River Rats got out of the jam with a force at third.
In the top of the seventh, the River Rats got one run driven in on a hit to left field to make it 12-4 before they loaded the bases with two outs.
A groundout ended the game with the final score 12-4 and the Bulldogs starting the season 2-0. They travel to Adrian on Apr. 8 for a doubleheader.
“I think for us it’s a big deal for everyone to contribute because we only have twelve guys on the team,” said Bulldog head coach Adam Taylor. “That’s a key factor. A lot of moving parts and that’s a big deal for us. We threw strikes for the most part. It was good to see us swing the bat a little bit. Hopefully, we can continue to swing it and pick it up on defense.”