Butler County Times Gazette
  • El Dorado legion walks off, completes sweep of Winfield

  • After playing almost perfect baseball in Game 1 of a double-header on Tuesday night, the El Dorado legion Double-A River Dogs had to scrap and claw its way to a walk-off victory in Game 2 against Winfield.
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  • After playing almost perfect baseball in Game 1 of a double-header on Tuesday night, the El Dorado legion Double-A River Dogs had to scrap and claw its way to a walk-off victory in Game 2 against Winfield.
    In Game 1, the River Dogs struck early and often in their 10-0 win, and piled on four early runs in the first two innings alone.
    Cole Roberts shut down the Warriors on the mound as he threw a complete game shutout for the River Dogs in Game 1, pitching four scoreless innings.
    After El Dorado tacked on two more runs in the third inning - including an RBI double by Spencer Dodson, the River Dogs poured it on in the bottom of the fourth, and run-ruled the Warriors after scoring run No. 10.
    The runs came on a single, a fielder's choice, an error by Winfield and an RBI ground out by Dodson concluded the first contest.
    Unlike the first game however, the River Dogs didn't exactly start out Game 2 the way they would have liked to. El Dorado surrendered two early runs in the first inning following an infield single by the Warriors and a balk by El Dorado.
    After the River Dogs went three up, three down in the bottom half of the first, Winfield struck again after El Dorado botched a ground ball at third base, allowing the runner from third to score and the Warriors to take a 3-0 lead.
    With runners on base, the River Dogs escaped the inning after throwing out a runner at second base on an attempted steal and ending the inning by inducing a ground out at first base after a come-backer was hit back to the mound.
    The River Dogs never quit however, and started to mount a comeback. Following a one-out triple, Dodson singled home a River Dog runner and trimmed the deficit to 3-1. However, following a strikeout by Colton Allemand, Dodson was thrown out at second attempting to steal, which ended the inning.
    El Dorado shut down Winfield in the top of the third, and then tied it up in the bottom frame at three runs apiece.
    The Warriors manufactured a run in the next inning however, as after the leadoff single, Winfield had two consecutive sacrifice bunts, and the runner scored after a River Dog wild pitch to make it a 4-3 Warrior lead.
    No further scoring was produced until the bottom of the sixth inning. The El Dorado faithful in attendance cheered emphatically as the River Dogs scored a pair of runs and took a 5-4 lead heading into the final inning.
    The River Dogs put in Allemand on the mound after the first two runners reached base, and while he got out of the inning, he couldn't do so without giving up the tying run off a Warrior rocket line drive single.
    Page 2 of 2 - However, the lead off man for the River Dogs reached base, and then got to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch, which set the stage for Kayden Fowler. Fowler hit the walk-off single for the River Dogs, sending El Dorado home winners and completing the sweep of the Warriors.

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