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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Dodgers hold off Reds’ late rally

  • Reds score two runs in final inning but it is not enough
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  • Pretty soon thoughts will turn to football and the rest of the fall sports.
    Until then several baseball players are working on their game when the Dodgers held on to defeat the Reds 6-3 Saturday morning in a youth baseball game at the Taft High junior varsity baseball field.
    While the Reds eventually lost the game, they did make the opening strike in the bottom of the first inning.
    Bryson Martin and Will Moore jump started the rally with leadoff singles. Following a strikeout, Dustin Lee had an infield single to score Moore.
    The Dodgers bounced back in their half of the second inning after Tevin Howell walked, took second on a passed ball before scoring on Jordan Lopez’s single to right field.
    Moore made an attempt to regain the lead for the Reds in the bottom of the third inning when he was hit by a pitch.
    Joseph Sanchez followed with a single to right field while Lee was intentionally walked to load the bases. However, Anthony Rodriguez got the final batter to ground out to get out of the jam.
    While, the Reds offense disappeared over the next two innings, the Dodgers came alive in the fourth and fifth innings.
    Rodriguez got the fourth inning rally going with a leadoff infield single. Kyle Adkins drove Rodriguez home with a double to left field before advancing to third on a ground out. The Dodgers added to their lead in the fifth thanks to back-to-back leadoff walks to Matthew Samply and Kristopher Kight.
    The runners advanced to second and third with Sampley scoring on Rodriguez’s single to right field. The inning, though, came to a screeching halt when Kight was tagged out trying to score.
    Adkins helped the Dodgers put the game away in the top of the sixth inning with a leadoff double to left field. After Howell walked, both runners eventually scored on a pair of passed balls.
    Following the first out of the inning, Lopez and Sampley reached base on back-to-back walks. Lopez advanced to third on a pair of passed balls before scoring on a wild pitch. Meanwhile, Sampley reached second base on another walk and third on the wild pitch but he was stranded at third base.
    The Reds would not go quietly in their final bat.
    Lee kicked off the rally when he was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch and third on Ethan Hall’s infield single. Two batters later, Donovan Watrous singled in Hall for the final run of the game.
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