Powering up

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Austin Bain and the Dutchtown lineup powered their way to a 7-3 win over St. Charles last week. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Last Wednesday, Dutchtown showed just how dangerous they can be when they're putting the bat on the ball.

The Griffins exploded for six runs in the fourth and fifth innings and then leaned on a great relief outing by pitcher Dillon Abbess to overpower St. Charles 7-3 for their third straight win.

"We've been struggling a little bit offensively to get some big hits but tonight, we stringed some together, and it took some pressure off of our defense and our pitching," Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. "It was great to see the guys swing the bats. We hit some balls on the nose tonight."

Although, the Griffins got off to a slow start.

With Evan Richardson getting the start on the mound, Kameron Kolbr got a leadoff hit for St. Charles. He eventually come home on a sacrifice fly by Austin Weber.

But the Griffins quickly responded at the bottom of the inning as Dylan King belted out a triple against the leftfield wall, and LSU signee Austin Bain brought him home with a sacrifice fly of his own to tie the game.

St. Charles had a big inning in the third to regain the lead.

Kolbr led the inning off with a walk, and Mason Bordelon was dealt his walking papers as well.

After Weber singled to load the bases, Eion Mitchell came through with a big two-RBI single that put the Comets up 3-1.

Dutchtown trimmed it to 3-2 at the bottom of the inning after King doubled and eventually came home after a wild pitch.

From that point on, it was all Griffins.

Their onslaught started in the bottom of the fourth when Payton Stafford led off with a double into the gap at right-center.

Nick Ourso then sent him home with an infield RBI single. Ourso was then brought home with an RBI double by Justin Martin to give the Griffins their first lead of the game at 4-3.

Abbess came in to relieve Richardson to start the fifth, and he promptly forced St. Charles to go three-up, three-down.

Conversely, the Dutchtown bats continued to smoke.

Bain got things started with an RBI triple, and he scored soon afterwards when a wild pitch got past the catcher.

Abbess then walked, and Trey Gallman brought him home with an RBI double down the leftfield line to put the Griffins in total control at 7-3.

The Dutchtown bats cooled off, but they never needed more offense. Abbess pitched a shutout in his three innings of relief, and the Griffins easily secured the victory.

In the three shutout innings, Abbess only gave up one hit and struck out four Comets.

"Dillon's last time out, he struggled a little bit but tonight, he was back to himself," Schexnaydre said. "He looked like the guy we knew he could be, and it was great to see him back and hopefully, he can stay healthy and keep it going."

From the plate, Dutchtown was led by King. He went 3-4 and nearly hit for the cycle. He finished with a single, a double and a triple.

Stafford went 2-2 and though Bain went just 1-4, he did collect two RBIs.

The win was the third straight for the Griffins and their sixth victory in eight games. It pushed their overall record to 15-9.

Coach Schexnaydre likes the potential he sees in his team heading into the meat of their district schedule.

"We've lost five one-run games, so our record doesn't really indicate where we are, but I think if we put some things together and start playing a little better, we can be special," Schexnaydre said. "We have a chance to be really, really good. Offensively, we can be really good at times, but pitching and defense should be our strength, and I think we're right there."