Special to the Grove Sun
JAY-With the bulk of the Summer League games being washed out by rainfall last week, the Jay Bulldogs were finally able to return to action at Trollinger-Haggard Field for a battle with the Miami War Dogs. After some initial difficulty, the Bulldogs’ starting pitcher Ty Moore settled in to the task at hand. And after hanging a four spot on Miami in the bottom of the first, Jay really never looked back.
Moore started things off by striking out the leadoff batter, but Miami’s Emilio Sanchez lashed a double into the power alley. After the next batter was struck with a pitch it looked as if the visitors might have something going. But the Jay righthander got the fourth and fifth hole batters to go down on consecutive called third strike, with a pair of big hooks that froze them in place.
Jeremy Dunham led off the home half of the first with a single and swiped second base. Cory Stiefel then moved the runner to thirrd with the first of his game’s three hits.
Dunham put Jay on the board when he raced home on a passed ball. Ty Kay picked up the game’s first RBI with a single that scored Stiefel. After a walk to J.J. Meeker, the Bulldog’s Matt Henderson banged the first of his trio of safeties to plate Kay. And a wild throw (the first of nine Miami errors) allowed Meeker to score the fourth and final run of the inning.
Following a scoreless second, the visitors threatened again when they picked up a one-out walk and got another runner as a result of Jay’s only error in the game. But again, Moore pitched his way out of the jam by whiffing the cleanup batter to set up another big offensive frame for the home team.
Moore and Meeker both reached on errors to start the third. And Henderson made the War Dogs pay for their mistakes when he scalded a three-run homer over the left field fence. Buss added a fourth run after he and Brett Pritchett belted back-to-back doubles.
Miami worked Moore for a leadoff walk to start the fifth and got gunned down on a perfect throw from Meeker. Moore did the rest by striking out the next two.
In the bottom of the fourth, Stiefel led off with a single and a pitch with one out hit Kay. And Meeker sent them home with his two-RBI double to put Jay up by 10.
Following a scoreless 5th, the Bulldogs banged out four consecutive hits as Meeker and Kay scored their three runs of the game thanks to Stiefel and Henderson’s third base hits of the night for a 14-0 lead. Kellen Brown turned in two good innings in relief of Moore, to hold on to the double-digit shutout win.