After two slow innings, the Drillers’ bats and legs came alive in the third.
The game was tied at one apiece until four straight batters reached for the Drillers as they topped the Phillies 8-1 to remain undefeated in the WYBA 12U league.
“They played another great game,” Drillers coach Mike Tims said. “I’m really proud of the way they keep getting better and don’t let the little things get to them.”
With the score at 1-1, the top of the order started the third for the Drillers. Brandon Brown got on to start the inning with a smash to the shortstop. He wasn’t there long as he stole second and third.
Not that he needed to because Mark Alber smashed a double to left field to plate Brown and make it 2-1. Jared Boisvert drove in Alber with a single to left. Boisvert then scored using just his legs as he stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.
Kayden Jones and Kendall Calvary followed the same formula to score in the third as they each drew a walk, stole second and then took third and home on a wild pitch to make it 6-1 going to the bottom of the third.
Jones made sure to get a shut down inning as he fanned three of the four batters he faced, two of them looking.
The Drillers, who are all from Midlothian, added two more insurance runs in the fourth. With one out, Alber reached first on a misplayed ball at first. Boisvert singled to right to move him to third.
Boisvert then stole second and moved to third while Alber scored on a wild pitch. Jones drove in Boisvert with a hard ground out to first.
The Phillies lone run came in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a two-out rally. Eric Smith drew a walk then stole second. Chris Diemer ripped a double to the wall in right-center field to bring him home.
The Drillers’ first run came in the top of the second when Jones led off with a hit by pitch. He then stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Tristan Paschall drove him home with a ground out to first.
Paschall also got a hit in the fourth inning and stole second. Parker Tims walked twice and stole a base.
Grant Horung started the game for the Drillers and gave up just one hit and one run in two innings while recording a strike out and getting three ground-ball outs.
Defensively for the Drillers, Jordan Ferrar shined in left field and made a spectacular grab on the run in the second inning.
For the Phillies, Zack Betts started the game and gave up just one run on one hit and struck out a batter in an inning and two-thirds.
Zane Smith entered the game in relief for the Phillies in the second and struck out the first two batters he faced. Austyn Johnson closed the game for the Phillies and recorded two strike outs.
The Drillers (4-0) will play again at 7:45 p.m. Monday against the Rangers (2-3) at Patrick Field at the Optimist Fields. The Phillies (2-3) will take on the Astros (1-2) at 6 p.m. Monday at Patrick Field.
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