|After a tough first two games, Holly returned to the complex in
Commerce to play in a consolation game against the South Farmington
team. For the first time here, the Holly team would be the visiting
team. That gave Holly the first at-bat, and they took full advantage
of it, grabbing an early 1-0 lead on a two-strike lead-off home run.
They tacked on another run later in the inning in a more
conventional manner, and led 2-0 after the third out in the top of
the first. Although South Farmington was able to get a base runner
or two, Holly played well defensively to keep the score 2-0 heading
into the second. Drew spent this inning (as well as the second
through fourth) playing in left field.
Drew was the second batter
for Holly in the second inning, and he drove the ball to right field
for a base hit. He would go on to steal second base before being
driven to third base on an RBI hit from a teammate. Unfortunately
for Drew and the Holly team, he would wind up stranded at third
base. Holly would once again get some quality pitching and defense
in the bottom of the inning, and Holly would maintain their 3-0 lead
when it was all over.
Holly would not have much success in the third inning, including
Drew during his second at-bat of the game, as he struck out for the
first time today. The team would get shut out for the first time
today before heading to the field for defense. Holly struggled a bit
with the pitching part of the game in this inning, as the South
Farmington team was able to take advantage of it and score three
runs, knotting the game up heading into the fourth.
Holly would once again struggle with the bats in their top half
of the inning, blanked on the scoreboard once again. While the Holly
bats were going cold, the South Farmington bats were heating up.
They would plate five runs in the inning to really open things up.
Holly wasn't prepared to concede quite yet, however. They were
able to get some runners on base, as well as take advantage of some
past balls. They would go on to score three runs to narrow the gap
to two before Drew would go down swinging to end the inning. They
would give it all back to South Farmington in the bottom of the
inning, however, as the big lead was handed right back to them. Drew
moved to a new spot for this inning - playing third base for the
first time on the District team. He had to field a grounder and
catch a successful steal attempt, but he didn't make any major
mistakes in this new position.
Holly would get one last chance in the sixth to make it a game,
needing five runs to tie. Taking things down to the wire, Holly was
down to their final out after two quick strikeouts, still finding
themselves down five runs. A no-doubt two-run home run narrowed the
gap a little bit, but a third strikeout ended their chance at a
comeback, handing Holly their third straight defeat by an 11-8
Despite finally breaking out offensively, the Holly boys weren't
able to get the victory that was needed for their confidence.
Regardless of the outcome, all of the parents were proud of what
their boys were able to accomplish this season. Great job boys!