The Orioles showed a lot of willpower to get back into Game 2 of the baseball team’s season-opening doubleheader against Andale Thursday night.
The?Orioles tied the game at 5-5 when Dalton Dreifurst got a tremendous jump on a pitch, caught Andale’s catcher by surprise and stole home.
Augusta fell behind 4-0 early before the bats came alive and the team climbed back in it. The?Orioles took a lead into the seventh before Andale scored two runs and held on for a 7-6 win. Andale swept the doubleheader after winning 3-1 in Game 1.
“We were down a lot, but we chipped away and chipped away,” coach Rick Hess said about the comeback in Game 2. “To come back and go out there and hand it right back to them, it’s frustrating.”
Senior Travis Holmes, who will be one of Augusta’s workhorses this season, allowed four runs, two which were unearned, and five hits while striking out two and walking three in 5 2/3 innings of work. Holmes led off the seventh inning by allowing two walks. He then tried to field a bunt, but fell down. He still managed to get it to first, but first baseman Alec Hess let the ball bounce between his legs, allowing Andale to tie the game 6-6.
“I?made a dumb decision to throw the ball,” Holmes said. “I shouldn’t have thrown it.”
Andale scored what proved to be the game-winner on another Orioles error in the inning.
Jacob Furr started Game 2 a little out of control. He took the loss after allowing six walks and three runs in just 1 1/3 innings.
Left fielder Tyler Powers made a couple of spectacular catches throughout the day. In Game 2, he made a diving catch with his out-stretched arm, got up and nearly threw out an Andale runner at first who didn’t think Powers would make the catch.
Despite the late-game errors, Augusta actually played consistent defense, and got better on offense.
“Hitting-wise, we just got more aggressive as the night went on, making contact,”?Powers said. “...Momentum is just tremendous,”?
In Game 1, Tanner Lee pitched a gem. He didn’t allow a hit or run while giving up three walks and striking out six Andale hitters in four quick innings.
“Everything [was working],” Lee said. “Just kept the ball down.”
Hess said the Orioles were more disciplined when making the comeback than they were all of Game 1. Augusta made no errors until the final inning of the nightcap. Hess said the team, not through a lot of competing, has lost a lot of games in different ways in the end.
“That’s something that’s going to have to come from within the players, how to finish a ball game,”?Hess said.