Cougars steal win from Phoenix
DIXFIELD -- Brothers T.J and Tyler Frost each singled and scored two runs as Dirigo won 8-2 to complete a season sweep against Spruce Mountain in a game at overcast Harlow Park.
Starting pitcher Ben Holmes threw three innings, including striking out the side in the third to earn the win, with Cody St. Germain throwing two innings and Kaine Hutchins hurling the final inning. The Cougars turned a 1-6-3 double-play in the seventh.
"We needed to get ahead on the scoreboard early on them," said Dirigo coach Ryan Palmer. "We were able to do that that. In fact, we scored in five of the six innings we batted, and then we was able to continue challenging them with speed on the bases."
T.J. Frost singled off the base of the rightfield fence leading off the first, stole second and scored when St Germain's ground ball was booted.
In the second, Tyler Frost was hit by a pitch, moved up when Hunter Ross reached on an error, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
Chad Snowman led off the third with a single and then showed his wheels. Snowman stole second, advanced on a fly out and then stole home.
"We had entered the game having hit the ball well," said Palmer, referring to five starters batting over .300.
The decision to pull Holmes was a strategic move because by pitching only three innings the senior was available to throw in an important game at Hall Dale.
Spruce Mountain scored two runs in fourth on a infield error and singles by Ben Keene and Bill Calden.
Dirigo responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off losing pitcher Eli Capen. Tyler Frost had a leadoff single, stole second and scored. TJ Frost drew a walk and scored on an RBI double by Caleb Turner (two hits).
Spencer Trenoweth singled and stole second, but was stranded. Nick Young was inserted as a pinch runner, stole second and when the ball was thrown in to the outfield, he jumped to his feet and raced home .