Hot competition in summer Babe Ruth baseball league
LAKEVILLE â€” It was quiet and overcast on the afternoon of June 26 when the Sharon and Lakeville Babe Ruth baseball teams arrived at the field at The Hotchkiss School for a game. The contest was originally scheduled to be played on the Salisbury fields, but was relocated due to inclement weather.
The two teams went through their pregame warmups and drills in preparation for the beginning of the game. After practicing on the field, Sharon coach Andy Watt took his players aside to give the batting order and prepare them for the game.
The game began when the Lake-ville team, coached by Anthony Oâ€™Niel, took the field to play defense against the Sharon hitters.
In the first inning, Sharon could not manufacture any runs, and went down without a fight. The Sharon defense proceeded to take the field, led by pitcher Mark Dignacco.
The Lakeville team was able to bring in a run to take the lead, 1-0. But the Sharon team, comprised of players from Sharon, Cornwall and Kent, had an answer for Lakeville. They came back with two runs of their own to regain the lead, 2-1.
Both teams continued to fight offensively, and were neck-and-neck until midway through the game, when Lakeville broke out with a flurry of scores to go up by multiple runs. Andy Watt fought to keep his playersâ€™ spirits up when his team was down, and they felt the vibe. Late in the game, they made quick work of two runs, decreasing the Lakeville lead. But Lakeville came back with another set of runs in rapid succession to shut the door on the Sharon team.
After all seven innings had been played out, Lakeville prevailed with a score of 10-5. Both teams were winless coming into the game. Sharon dropped to 0-4, while the Lakeville team improved to 1-1.