MANLIUS – Right fielder Dylan Martin provided the heroics for the Bureau Valley Storm Monday, sending a fastball through the gap in right center field to the fence for a seventh-inning, walk-off double for 4-3 win.
“Dylan Martin did an excellent job at the plate keeping the ball in between the second basemen and shortstop. He was just really looking to drive the ball and he did,” BV coach John Matlick said.
The heroics Martin provided may have only been overshadowed by the stellar play of starting pitcher Josh Mead. He proved instrumental both offensively and defensively in the Storm’s victory over the Clippers. He struck out 14 Amboy batters while walking only one during seven innings. He also blasted a lead-off home run to left center field to get the BV scoring started.
“I think Josh Mead did a really nice job for us. His pitch count was a little higher than what we wanted but he threw a lot of strikes for us,” Matlick said. “He did a great job offensively at the plate for as well hitting that home run and getting on base. We figured out he threw about 75 percent strikes, and he did a great job throwing strikes and striking out some key guys.”
With the game tied at 3-3 with one out in the seventh inning, left fielder Dzurisin hit a squib shot up the middle and hustled down the first baseline, forcing an errant throw which drew Amboy first baseman Canaan Ross off the bag to set up Martin for a chance at some heroics.
Martin stepped to the plate and drilled a fastball to right center which scooted past right fielder Hunter Varga, allowing Dzurisin to race around the bases as he scored from first base.
Amboy scored in the first inning off a RBI single by second basemen Tim Clark. The Storm quickly answered off Mead’s first inning lead off home run and a RBI single by left fielder Dzurisin that scored shortstop Ryan Young from second base.
BV had opportunities to extend their lead early but failed to plate more runs as they left six runners in scoring position in the first three innings.
“I wish we had some more timely hits earlier in the game, and we might have not needed that last base hit but we didn’t but we still got through when the game counted,” Matlick said.
Matlick stressed his team will continue to work to improve for the remainder of the season.
“We will continue to work on defense and improve our play as much as we can and offensively we just need to score when we have the opportunity. We’ll continue to work on both but our main thing is we just need to get hits when we have runners in scoring position,” Matlick said.
BV was lead offensively by Mead who went 2-4 with a home run an RBI and Martin who was 3-4 with the game-winning RBI.
Mead had multiple strikeouts in each inning except for the sixth which he failed to record one.
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