By Connor Wiggins
Proformance Dodgers 13U team out of Arkansas didn’t waste any time getting to work against their west coast opponents from California’s capital city, CBA Sacramento Wildcats National, on Wednesday afternoon.
CBA started the top of the first inning with a hit, but the runner was stranded after two strikeouts from Dodgers’ starting pitcher, Grant Johnson.
“I just pumped strikes, and they couldn’t hit it,” Johnson said.
The Dodgers got their bats going early in the bottom of the first inning as they plated six runs on six hits. They didn’t look back from there.
Grant Johnson stayed on the mound for the top of the second inning, and struck out the side. He was finished on the mound for the afternoon after striking out five of the seven batters he faced.
“I didn’t throw too many pitches, so I think I could throw another game,” Johnson said.
The Dodgers continued to pound the baseball in the bottom of the second inning as they plated five more runs against the Sacramento side, but they still weren’t finished after extending their lead to 11.
CBA managed to get a couple runners on base in the top of the third inning on two base hits, but couldn’t score in the inning as one was left stranded after relief pitcher Ashton Cobb threw in the inning.
“I just wanted to come in, throw strikes, and get ground balls,” Ashton Cobb said. He did just that and felt as if he could come in and do the same in upcoming games in the SlumpBuster.
The Dodgers’ bats stayed hot in the bottom of the third inning as they plated four more runs and extended their lead to 15.
It wasn’t until the top of the fourth inning when CBA saw their first runs come to the plate. CBA managed to plate three runs in the inning, but it was all for nought as the Dodger’s managed to escape a bases-loaded jam.
The ballgame ended via the run rule in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Dodgers scored 3 more runs and the umpire called it a game.
“We had great at-bats and it was a great performance,” said head coach of the Dodgers Michael Brower. “They hit a lot of fastballs and delivered for us today.”
The Dodgers are in good shape after ending this game early.
“It’s a long tournament, so you have to be real conservative with your pitching and hope when it comes down to bracket play, all the boys are fresh and ready to go,” Brower said.