Outstanding all-around team play enabled Aberdeen to return from spring break in style.
Contributions from every player in the lineup and a solid pitching performance by Reilly Fairchild drove the Bobcats to a 7-1 win over Capital in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game Tuesday at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field.
Each player in Aberdeen’s line-up reached base at least one time. Five different Bobcats scored at least once and five different Bobcats drove in at least one run.
“Different guys have stepped up throughout the season. Today we got a lot of contributions from a lot of different guys,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “If everybody does his job, good things will happen. That’s what we practice, and that’s what we preach, and today the boys stepped up. We were just swinging and being aggressive. We were relaxed and just played the game.”
With the game tied at 1-all, Charlie Dietrich led off the bottom of the third inning for Aberdeen (6-3 in conference, 6-4 overall) with a line-drive single into left field. Fairchild then walked and Ashton Williamson advanced both base runners with a sacrifice bunt. Collin Nord followed that up by driving a double into left field past a diving Cougar defender, scoring Dietrich and Fairchild and giving the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.
Later in the third inning Nord scored on a double down the right field line by Chase Johnson, and Johnson scored on a line-drive single by Cole Edwards, pushing the Aberdeen lead to a more than sufficient 5-1.
Dietrich may have played the best all-around game of any Bobcat. The shortstop recorded three hits, scored three runs and stole a base.
He also excelled defensively. Although he committed the Bobcats’ only error, he quickly made up for it on the very next batter by scooping up a grounder, stepping on second base, and firing the ball to Nord at first base to complete the double play.
Dietrich also saved a run in the fourth inning by snagging a grounder up the middle that seemed destined to reach the outfield and throwing out Jacob Johnson at first. The play ended the inning, and stranded Cameron Monda at third base.
Fairchild pitched all seven innings for Aberdeen. Fairchild did not walk any Cougar batters, and allowed just five hits and one earned run.
Dietrich scored the Bobcats’ first run of the game. After reaching base on an infield single, Dietrich stole second and scored on a double by Fairchild.
Capital answered back quickly in the top of the second inning. Thomas Kerr hit a line-drive single into left field, and then scored when Kameron Miner smashed a double into left -center field.
Dietrich will take the mound today when the Bobcats travel to Capital for a rematch against the Cougars.
Cap 010 000 0 — 1 5 2 Aber 104 110 X — 7 9 1
Uznanski, Conley (4) and Monda; Fairchild and Williamson.
RBI: Capital — Miner. Aberdeen – Nord 2, Fairchild, Williamson, Johnson, Edwards. Three hits: Aberdeen – Dietrich. Two hits: Capital – Miner. Doubles: Capital — Miner, Rieta. Aberdeen –Dietrich, Fairchild, Williamson, Nord, Johnson.
Winning pitcher — Fairchild (walked none; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Uznanski (walked two; struck out two).