Nov. 7, 2017
RUSTON, La. – The Blue Dogs carried over their hot hitting from a 7-5 win last weekend, and struck for 12 runs on 10 hits on Tuesday evening, en route to a 2-1 lead in the Fall World Series.
The Dogs were the aggressors early on as Tanner Huddleston got the scoring started in the first with an RBI double. However, neither team was able to scratch across a run over the next four innings as both starting pitchers found their groove.
Blue Dogs’ starter Tyler Follis gave up just two hits, allowing no runs in his four innings, while the Red Bulls’ starter Logan Bailey gave up just one run on three hits, and struck out four.
“I thought Follis and Bailey both pitched well,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “Bailey didn’t have his breaking ball tonight, but he did a good job of dropping down and getting more behind his fastball. Good job by him, getting things figured out.”
The Dogs would tack on another run in the top of the sixth after Dalton Skelton doubled home Steele Netterville, who had lead off the inning with a double of his own.
Then with the Dogs up 2-0 after an uneventful seventh inning, the floodgates opened for both offenses.
The Blue Dogs would score five runs in the top of the eighth, essentially blowing the game wide open.
However, the resiliency from the Red Bulls showed up in the bottom half of the frame, as they struck for four runs of their own, highlighted by a two-run bomb for Hudson Hopkins.
Having drawn to within three at 7-4, the momentum generated by the Red Bulls would be halted in the ninth, as the Blue Dogs again plated five for the second straight inning, ending any chance of a comeback.
Chris Clayton and Huddleston paced the heart of the Blue Dogs order, each collecting three RBI on the evening.
Braxton Smith earned the victory with a strong outing in relief, tossing three innings and striking out five while not allowing any hits or walks.
Game four of the five-game series is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m., while game five will be Sunday at 1 p.m. if necessary.