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Back-to-Back Road Losses For Batavia Against Elmira & Jamestown

Inconsistency throughout the first two weeks of the season for the Muckdogs has
created a roller coaster of high and low points. With Monday night’s walk-off, 6-5
exhibition win in the rearview, Batavia dropped to a 5-7 record after losing two straight.

On Tuesday against the Pioneers, a two-RBI triple by Charlie Szykowny in the
opening frame created an early 2-0 lead. That lead stayed intact till the bottom of the
3rd inning as the Pios put until seven runs on the scoreboard on just five hits.

After added two more runs for good measure to make the score 9-2 with four
innings in the books, Batavia would score a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth to
make it a 9-6 ballgame. First basemen Joe Georger was a large part of the Muckdog’s
success, tallying three hits and scoring two runs at the bottom of the order.

Georger and extra hitter Trey Bacon consistently getting on base created the
opportunity for guys at the top of the lineup like Cameron Conley, Spencer Marcus, and
Abner Benitez to drive them in. Reliever Tyler Prospero had a great appearance for
Batavia as Dathon McGrath could only go 2 1⁄3 in the start. Prospero ran out of gas in the
seventh with Chris Erickson smacking an RBI triple, while Kyle O’Neill would allow
another to go up 11-6.

As they have shown repeatedly, the Dogs are a resilient group of guys that are
determined till the very end. A spot that they found themselves in less than 24 hours
before, down five runs Bacon lead off the inning with a hit by pitch against pitcher David
Ferguson. Benitez would walk on four pitches, and Marcus would have his second hit of
the night to have the bases loaded with one out.

Charlie Szykowny battled against Ferguson to allow another walk that made the
score 11-7. Coming to the plate was the game-tying run in Daniel Burroway would up to
that point was 0-3 for the night but hit the ball hard all over the yard. Burroway laced a
ball up the middle that was snagged by Pioneer shortstop Donovan Montgomery for the
second out, and Montgomery stepped on second to complete the game-ending double
play.

A situation that brought back flashbacks to Friday night’s 7-6 loss to Geneva as
Blair Frederick hit a line-drive double play that ended Batavia’s comeback hopes just a
few days before. The Muckdogs still hold the 3-2 season series against the Pios (not
counting Monday’s exhibition win) as Elmira found themselves just a half-game back of
first place.

Shifting gears into another challenging game on the road at Russell E. Diethrick
Wednesday night, as the Muckdogs were still looking for their first win against the Tarp
Skunks. For the second straight night, Batavia got ahead early as Daniel Burroway score
both Marcus and Benitez. However, a common theme for the Dogs is not capitalizing by
adding to their lead with the bases loaded and giving their lead right back to the
opponent.

Jamestown took the lead in the bottom half after a two-run bomb from extra
hitter Luke Turner off Nathan Hinkley to go up 3-2. In the fourth, they added a trio of
runs as DiMaggio Cazaras, Justin Bowers, and Justin Bailey all came around to score in
the fourth.

Down 6-2 catcher Mitch Fleming got ahold of a fastball and drove it over the left
field wall for a two-run homer for his first of the season to cut the deficit to two. In the
middle innings for Batavia, they continued to hit line drives and put the ball in play, but
gold glove plays by Cazaras in left field, Bailey in right, Danny Hosley at third, and
Haiden Hunt in center ensured that Jamestown kept their lead safe.

In the bottom of the sixth, AJ Winger retired the first two batters of the inning
before allowing a walk to Bowers and a single to shortstop Chase Carlson. The next man

up, Justin Bailey, hit a ball to Szykowny that was thrown to Georger at first, and a great
pick was made to get the final out of the inning.
The only problem was the base umpire called Bailey safe at first base, allowing
the inning to continue. Hunt on the first pitch he saw, hit a two-RBI single, followed by
Mark Tucker, also driving in two runners.

With one call dictating a four run swing for Jamestown, Batavia had more work
to do with the bats as Abner Benitez hit a towering solo shot over the 342-foot foul pole
in right field to make it a 10-5 game.

Outfielder Trevor Dean had himself a great day at
the plate with two doubles and a RBI single in the seventh to make it a four run game.
Matt Henson game and shut the door in the ninth for the Tarp Skunks,
solidifying a two-game losing streak for the Muckdogs heading into a home-and-home
series against the Niagara Power. Batavia beat the Power in their first meeting last
Saturday 10-5 at Sal Maglie Stadium.

A home game at Dwyer Stadium on Thursday will be the Muckdogs first since
Monday’s exhibition game. Niagara will then host Batavia on Friday for a 6:00 PM
Friday start, with the Dogs then having three straight games at home throughout the weekend.

First pitch against the Power will be at 7:05 PM on Thirsty Thursday! It can be
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