Friday, April 29, 2011

Crane and Graffam lead Dexter past Penquis

Matt Crane delivers a pitch. Crane and Dylan Graffam combined to pitch a three hitter in Dexter's 3-0 victory over Penquis. Photo by Terry Robichaud/Moments n life photography
Dexter--- Matt Crane and Dylan Graffam combined to throw a three hitter to lead the Dexter Tigers baseball team to a 3-0 victory over the Penquis Patriots on Friday afternoon.

Crane pitched the first four innings. He gave up two hits and one walk. Crane struck out five. Graffam pitched the final three innings to earn the save. Graffam struck out six and only allowed one base runner. Graffam got the job done by using mostly the fastball.

"I threw just the fastball and maybe the curveball." Graffam said.

Coach, Chad Graffam likes how his pitchers competed.  Graffam has a young team but he will take his chances as he knows he will be getting 100 percent from his players.

"I have had effort from day one this year," Coach Graffam said. "This is a great group of kids. We are still young. I have three freshmen, eight sophomores and three juniors. I do not have any seniors. Effort is never going to be a issue with this group. They are going to battle every play. If my pitchers compete, I will take my chances."

The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Graffam led off by getting hit by a pitch. Graffam stole second and third base. He came home to score when Jared McDonald hit a grounder to short.

Graffam hit a grounder that sent home Vinnie Malinauskas to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning. Malinauskas led off the inning with a single. Dexter added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Casey Jordan hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Wilks to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The 3-0 lead was more then enough for Graffam, who retired the final six batters he faced. He struck out four of those batters including two in the seventh inning.

Dexter (1-1) will have a challenging week coming up. They start it off by traveling to East Millinocket on Monday to take on Schenck. They follow that up with games against Central on Tuesday and Orono on Wednesday. They finish the week with a game at Bangor Christian on Friday.

"Ryan Wilks is going to throw against Schenck on Monday," Coach Graffam said. "Tuesday, I really do not know yet. Ryan will go on Monday, everyone else will be available except Dylan and Matt. Every time we go to East Millinocket, it is not easy. I am not looking past them. We will go do what we need to do and come back and play Central."

Penquis (1-1) will next play on Monday when they host Stearns.

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