Cougars gain revenge on St. Dom's
AUBURN -- There was a lot on the line, however, the Dirigo baseball team was definitely prepared for the challenge in a Mountain Valley Conference baseball game.
The Cougars offense got going early and never let up, with Chad Snowman and Cody St. Germain leading the way with three hits each, including doubles in a 13-6 convincing with against Saint Doms. Dirigo had suffered a set 4-2 loss to Saint Dom's in the season opener at Harlow Park. While Dirigo was taking batting practice, the Saints' large scoreboard displayed the previous score.
Dirigo jumped on Saint Dom's pitcher Jimmy Theriault for three runs in the top of the first inning, with the key blow a two-run single by St. Germain. Caleb Turner had reached on a fielder's choice, while Snowman and Ben Holmes each singled. The early cushion was short lived because the Saints came back against Holmes for a 3-2 score. Holmes survived the 32-pitch inning with runners on the bases, but it was obvious the big right hander was struggling.
After a scoreless second inning, Dirigo erupted for five runs in the third. St. Germain led off with a single. stole second and went to third on a passed ball.
The Cougars entire lineup contributed, beginning with leadoff batter TJ Frost (two hits, two runs, two RBI) and Caleb Turner (two runs). With one out, Tyler Frost and Brett Whittemore walked, Hunter Ross drew a based-loaded walk. TJ Frost hit a two-run single and with two outs Snowman smashed a two-run double.
"We did some good things against them,"said coach Ryan Palmer, whose Cougars leap-frogged over St. Doms for the No. 1 ranking in Class C. "We had 12-hits and ran wild, going 10-for-10 in taking an extra base."
Snowman was attempting to steal and was awarded the run, because the SD catcher had stepped out in front of home plate.
Holmes pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs, four hits, five strikeouts and eight walks. The senior battled out of jams with two runners on base in the first, third, and fourth innings. Kaine Hutchins threw two innings.
Dirigo scored four runs in the fifth to lead 12-4. Ross (two runs) singled and with one out Turner and Snowman (3-for-5, two runs, three RBI) each had RBI singles. Holmes, who had been intentionally walked, scored.