Baseball has sight set on semi-finals after win
It all came down to the last inning for the Dartmouth High Indians as the team beat the Plymouth South Panthers 4-3 in the quarter finals of the Div. 2 South tournament at home on June 11.
The first inning saw Dylan Pacheco put Dartmouth on the board. The Panthers answered right back though in the second inning, tying the game 1-1.
Neither side scored again until the sixth inning, when both teams grabbed two runs, again tying the game 3-3. The Indians' runs were scored by Bret Abreu and Ben Aaronson.
In the bottom of the seventh, with a runner on third and two outs, Abreu stepped up to bat. He was able to connect the bat with the ball sending it up the middle allowing for Dylan Arruda to make it to home and win the game.
“[Abreu] is a senior and he’s somebody I’d want up in that situation. He just had it great at bat and you have to put the ball in play because anything can happen,” Head Coach Mike Fates said.
Abreu also pitched the game for the Indians and said it was a team effort by both players and spectators.
“Everyone cheering on the bench and getting them rattled and just having some clutch hits and defensive plays,” he said.
The toughest part of playing this team was the Panthers' pitcher, who threw hard and made good breaks during the game, Fates said. However, Fates just kept reminding the team to stick to a strong defense.
“Defense that’s our thing. Just keep making plays, make as many plays as you can,” Frates said.