STUARTS DRAFT - The Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks began their post-All-Star run with a statement on Tuesday night, defeating the Grottoes Cardinals 15-1 in seven innings.
Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher Chandis Goff gave up just one run over six innings, getting 11 runs of support from his offense, before giving way to Ryan Cooper in the final frame.
The scoreboard at the Diamond Club was very hitter friendly, crediting Stuarts Draft with 17 hits on the night, despite at least five errors by the Grottoes defense. Whether by hit or error, first baseman Ryan Cooper reached base in all six plate appearances he had on the night, scoring four runs and drawing one walk. Good things happen when you put the ball in play.
Will Hass continued his tear through the RCBL, going 2-3 at the plate with two walks, three runs scored, a stolen base, and an RBI. He just missed launching yet another home run at one point, falling victim to the cold air at the Diamond Club.
The entire Draft lineup proved difficult to sit down Tuesday night. The eight/nine combination of Taz and Colt Miller combined to go 1-4 at the plate, drawing three walks and scoring three runs.
The win now gives Stuarts Draft and Grottoes four wins each on the season. With four more games played (all losses), Draft inches closer to taking over the top spot in the Eastern Division. They will look to make it five wins as they head to Montezuma (2-8) to battle the Braves on Wednesday evening.
As for Grottoes, the lone run was scored by Zach Thomas in the sixth inning. After sending a leadoff triple into deep centerfield, David Wood’s sac-fly brought home Thomas, who finished the night 2-4 at the plate.
Despite the big loss, Tuesday night was clearly a learning moment for the Cardinals. Over the final few frames, Coach Bobby Swink had players off to the side, going over mechanics, using moments from the game to teach his players along the way. At no point in the night did the Cardinals look disengaged from the game, even after falling behind 11-0 early in the contest.
Also of note, after beginning the year with the Clover Hill Bucks, former Turner Ashby Knight Matt Curry now suits up for Grotties, starting at second base for the Cardinals.
Grottoes is back in action Wednesday night, at home against the top-ranked Broadway Bruins.