MONTEZUMA - There’s a new power threat in the Rockingham County Baseball League and his name is Will Hass. After falling to the Montezuma Braves on Sunday evening, Hass and the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks powered past the Braves on Tuesday night by a score of 12-1. With an 11-run lead securely in hand, the contest ended after the seventh inning.
Hass hit not one, not two, but three three home runs last night, flashing opposite-field strength and a stoic expression throughout the night, cracking only a slight smile after his third jack of the night.
The Diamondbacks scored six runs in the top of the second, highlighted by a Taz Miller RBI-single and a Will Hass grand slam. Hass continued his home run parade by leading off the fourth and fifth inning with solo shots. He finished the night with six runs driven in.
Draft executed in all three phases of the game last night with big hits, outstanding defensive plays, and solid pitching. A diving snag in right field by Colt Miller ended a two-out rally attempt by the Braves in the second inning, while starting pitcher Cody Bartley fielded his position well all night, limiting Montezuma’s ability to get any offense going.
On the rubber, Bartley went the distance, giving up four hits, no earned runs, and five walks while striking out 10 Braves hitters.
Coach Sandridge liked the stamina that Bartley showed after deciding to stretch him out for the first time this season saying, “He kept his strength through the whole seven innings. He looked just as good in the seventh as he did in the first.”
When asked about what his team can take away from an outing like last night’s, Coach Sandridge said the big thing is momentum. “When you hit a bump in the road like we did the other night, you have to bounce back,” and that’s exactly what the Diamondbacks did.
The Diamondbacks return to action Thursday night as they take on the Grottoes Cardinals at Shifflett Field.