On Sunday afternoon the District 11 Dirtbags, an intermediate Little League team made up of Bear River, Nevada City and Penn Valley Little League players, traveled to Folsom where they split a twin bill with the Folsom Black team.
In the first game, the Dirtbags jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind the starting pitcher Nick Simms, but the Black mounted a come back to take the lead by scoring four runs in the fourth.
Wyatt Williges came on in relief and threw three shutout inning to earn the 11-8 win.
Leading the way at the plate for the Dirtbags were Williges and Simms with two hits and James Nolan with a triple.
“it is very difficult to win the second game of a double header” co-manager Scott Hopper said after winning the first game. “They (Folsom) lost game one so don’t think they are going to just give you the second game, you will have to earn it.”
In the second game, it was the Black team who took a 4-1 lead after the first frame and further extended their lead to as much as five runs with two out in the top of the seventh and final inning when the Dirtbags bats broke loose with eight consecutive hits.
Williges started the rally with a single followed by; a triple by Sam Hopper, a triple by Matt Hayward, a double by Aaron Sasville, a single by Wyatt Hook, single by Ryan schmittel, a single by Nolan as well as Stephen DeSena to knot the game at 11-all.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Folsom Black got a runner aboard who then scored the go ahead run on an errant throw to drop the Dirtbags, 12-11.
“I was really happy to see you guys fight back with two outs.” Co-manager Jim Nolan said when addressing his team after they fell short in the second game.
The Dirtbags will be back on the field April 28 for a rematch with Folsom Black. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232. deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.