McCabe-Waters Astros look to bring momentum into Little League City Series showdown with Forestville Dodgers

Published on Sunday, 25 August 2019 16:51
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

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BRISTOL - For the McCabe-Waters Astros, Friday night’s City Series game against the Edgewood A’s was about much more than just staying alive in the tournament.

Facing elimination, the Astros took the field looking to correct a wrong that was committed last Monday night, when they were beaten by the Forestville Dodgers 7-4.

The entire McCabe-Waters team knew Monday’s performance wasn’t the proper showing for a team that had rolled to a 15-1 record in the regular season. Friday night was an opportunity to reintroduce themselves as the team they knew they can be.

The reintroduction was a powerful one, as the Astros pounded out 15 runs and clinched a rematch with the Dodgers on Monday at 6 p.m. at Breen Field, and a chance to fully fix what went wrong last week.

With their 10-0 victory over the Edgewood A’s on Saturday night, the Dodgers could clinch the City Series championship with a win. A McCabe-Waters victory would push the series to a deceisive final game on Wednesday night.

“That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” McCabe-Waters head coach Tom Girog said after Friday’s win. “That’s what I expected from them.”

The Astros’ offensive assault may have surprised the A’s, but in the other dugout, it was business as usual, with the quiet showing against the Dodgers qualifying as a disappointing outlier.

“That was a normal game for us,” Girog said. “It may not always be 15-2, but we were hitting the ball and putting the ball in play. It wasn’t like last game where we faced a great pitcher and just didn’t put the ball in play. We always tell the kids that great things happen when you put the ball in play.”

From top to bottom, the Astros put the ball in play, with good results. Five different players recorded multiple hits, highlighted by a seven-RBI night from Lincoln Bashaw, who smashed a double, triple and a home run.

After hearing of the praise regarding the Dodgers’ balanced attack after Monday’s loss, McCabe-Waters was happy to show the City Series that it had plenty of versatility as well.

“There was an article about the powerful trio from the Dodgers, but we’re lucky because we have 11 guys that can contribute,” Girog said. “Every day, somebody does something different.”

Of course, the Astros now have to show it against those Dodgers, who will be looking to bounce McCabe-Waters from the tournament after greeting them with a loss a week ago. After returning to form on Friday, the team will have that chance come Monday night.

“It feels good,” pitcher Chase Dauphinee said. “I’m happy we’re not out yet, but we have to keep playing and see if we can beat a team that beat us last time.”

For Dauphinee and the rest of the Astros, playing up to their potential on Friday was only part of their objective. Now, the team wants to show it to a team that it feels didn’t properly get to know it when they first squared off.

“We usually play a lot better,” Dauphinee said. “I hope we can play better on Monday and show them our real team.”

After shaking off the disappointment of last week’s loss, the Astros can look ahead with anticipation to Monday’s crucial game, knowing the team they were in the regular season is still capable of showing itself.

“We’re looking forward to playing the Dodgers again,” Girog said. “Hopefully it will be a different outcome. We’ll see what happens.”



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Sunday, 25 August 2019 16:51. Updated: Sunday, 25 August 2019 16:53.