East Boise Baseball AAA Oregon Ducks vs Fresno State Bulldogs – The Bulldogs came out swinging their bats and got 4 runs in the first inning. This was a much needed improvement by the team in red and gray. The Ducks answered with a few runs early and by the forth inning, the teams were tied at eight. The Ducks mounted a rally but were gunned down in two pickles from second to third by outstanding Bulldog defensive play. In the last two innings the Bulldog bats came alive again with a stand-up triple by Lewis and some solid base running by Jack and Parker.
It was a good game of baseball on the first really decent day all season. The sun was shinning and the temps were in the high 50’s as both teams played some outstanding AAA baseball. The final score was 11-8 Fresno State. The Bulldog record is now 3-3-2 overall and 2-0-1 against the Ducks. (Todays pictures were from the Friday night game against the Bruins. The photographer was Spencer McConnell.)
East Boise Baseball AAA – UCLA vs Fresno State – In a thrilling Friday night game, the Bruins jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first two innings. But the scrappy Bulldogs clawed and bit their way back into the game on the arms of pitchers Murphy and Parker and the bats of nearly every player on the team. The Bruins scored all their runs in the first half of the game and most of them on base running. From the forth inning to the sixth, the Bruins bats were silent and they never scored another run.
Tight defense and powerful offense that included another inside the park home run by Parker and several towering hits by Jack and Lucas. In the end, the Bulldogs fell short in a 10-8 lose.
East Boise Baseball AAA, 20 April 2011 – The Cal Bears lit up the score board early with a 10-3 lead on the lackluster Fresno State Bulldogs last night. But the scrappy Bulldogs team would not go quietly into the night. In a hard fought struggle that nearly resulted in a win, the Bulldog bats came alive in the sixth and seventh innings to bring the game to a 17-17 draw. Both teams had to battle the elements in a rainy, cold night on the ball field. But the sun poked out late in the and the rain cleared for one of the most exciting games in this baseball fan’s recent memory. Congratulations to both teams for a hard fought stalemate.
Rookie League, Long Beach Dirtbags vs Oregon State Beavers – In a night of steady rain and cold winds, the Beavers and the Dirtbags faced off in this key Rookie League match up. Both teams played hard despite the weather. Defense suffered the most but the Beaver bats seemed to have the edge on this night. Congrats to both teams for enduring the poor conditions and giving the game their all. No scores are kept for Rookie games.
The Rookie OS Beavers turned in another awesome game against the Cal State Fullerton Titans last night. Beaver hitting was strong, with Elijah getting his first two-hit game and Junior taking a fly ball to the left field fence. Many thanks to the parents on the side lines for performing a wave on Junior’s deep ball.
Defense was strong early, but was hard to maintain as the cold Idaho winds blew across field F. We started calling outs on the field after the first inning and so the boys buckled down to make some plays. Maybe it was the pressure, maybe it was just to keep moving and stay warm, but the Beavers did pretty good on defense. I think the group of mostly eight-year-old’s is starting to come together and gel as a team.
East Boise League AAA Fresno State – The Bulldogs took on the Oregon Ducks in a late morning game on Field 4. The Ducks had just come off a terrible loss the night before and were playing lethargically. The Bulldogs were coming off of a night’s rest and a fantastic batting practice; they played strong and started smacking the ball around right off the bat. The Ducks rallied in the later innings but it was not enough to get by the Bulldog’s closer – Parker, who also had an inside the park home run. But the play of the day belonged to the Bulldogs catcher, Lucas. In a pickle with a runner down the third base line, he chose to out run the base runner and laid on the tag. Bulldogs(3-2) 12, Ducks 7.
East Boise League Rookie team Oregon State – In a marque game on Field F, the Beavers faced their league nemesis the Fresno State Bulldogs in an epic game of good hitting and great fielding. The game even drew a small crowd at the center field fence that included the League President. The Beavers bats were on fire as the result of a prior night’s batting practice. At least two hitters managed to get the ball to the outfield fence. One player even skipped it out of the park for a ground rule double. The Beaver defense played tough with a line drive catch at third and at least one pop up catch at first. The Bulldogs bats were not silent and they all hit good enough to get on base most of the time. Great fielding and a heads up double play at first base was typical of the this tough Bulldog team. There is no score kept for Rookie League games.