The Dexter baseball team overcame some shaky defense to pull away from Ann Arbor Skyline for a 7-5 win in the season opener Wednesday, April 3.
The Dreadnaughts jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead only to have the Eagles rally to tie the game a four apiece thanks to three Dexter errors in the fourth inning.
The Dreads bounced back with runs in the fourth-sixth innings to pull away for the win. Dexter took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Alex Mills lead off the game with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Krolewski. Jacoby Haley followed with an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 after one.
David Kreske ripped an RBI double that scored Nathaniel Fiegel in the second for a 4-0 lead. It stayed that way until the
Dexter answered in the bottom of the fourth when the Dreads loaded the bases and Krolewski drew a walk to force home a run for a 5-4 lead.
They made it 6-4 in the fifth when Nate Kniesteadt scored on a wild pitch.
Skyline threatened in the sixth when the Eagles loaded the bases with nobody out. Owen James clamped down on the mound getting a strikeout, a soft line-out to Fiegel at second and a fly ball to Mills in
The Dreads extended their lead to 7-4 when Krolewski ripped a shot up the middle that was mishandled by the shortstop and allowed Kreske to score.
Skyline got a run back in the top of the seventh, but the Dreads defense came up big when they gunned a runner out at third attempting to advance on an infield single. Kevin DeVoogd got a slow roller back to the mound to end the game to earn the save and give the Dreadnaughts a win in the season opener.
Kreske led the offense with a pair of hits and an RBI, while Mills had two hits and scored two runs. Krolewski drove in a pair of runs, Haley a hit and RBI, DeVoogd a hit and run scored and James a hit. Haley earned the win on the mound by going four innings with no earned runs and striking out three.
Dexter returns to action Thursday when they travel to Ann Arbor Huron.