Dodgers, Braves in playoff preview

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In what could be regarded as a preview for the upcoming August peewee A baseball finals, the Pierrefonds Dodgers and the Lakeshore Braves recently squared off in a baseball thriller. When the smoke had cleared in the bottom of the final inning it was Braves 9, Dodgers 8. The Braves got things going early in the first two innings as they quickly jumped into a 5-0 lead.  In those innings the Braves Matthew Tucker led the way for his team at bat with two solid base hits. On the bases the Braves were aggressive with Ryan Marchand and Alec Thaemlik accounting for multiple stolen bases. In addition Tommy Callaghan and Marchand demonstrated to the many fans present at this game why the Braves are a top notch peewee A team as they did not hesitate to lay down the sacrifice bunt to advance a base runner.  However as good as the Braves base running was, the Dodgers catcher Nicolas Datko matched them stride for stride as he rose to the occasion with good catching to keep Braves speedsters Louis Chiasson, Andrew Doucet and Joshua Ricciardi from running the bases at will. In the middle innings both teams traded runs until the final inning when the Dodgers trailed by three.  Among those starring in the field in the later innings were Braves Tommy Callaghan as well as the Dodgers Alex Blais Schetagne.  Callaghan, coming in to relieve Braves starting pitcher Matthew Tucker, made the play of the game in the fourth inning when he caught a line drive off the bat of Jonathan Desy to retire the Dodgers and leave Randy Santos and Jaad Van Der Wee stranded on base. For his part second baseman Blais Schetagne was solid in the infield as he retired the Braves hard hitting Anthoney Porco on two different occasions at first base in critical situations. In the bottom of the final inning the Dodger’s came ever so close as a hard hit ball by Nicolas Arsenault scored Maxim Olivier Audet and Olivier Kilbertus before team mate Nicolas Datko was retired to end the game as he attempted to take third base following Arsenault’s hard hit ball. For Datko it was a personal disappointment to have failed to have put the tying run at third base but for the fans it was proof that Datko’s demonstration of aggressive base running showed that the Dodgers will be a team to be reckoned with come playoff time. Unsung heroes of the game; the Catchers, Thomas Gale (Braves) and Nicolas Datko (Dodgers) who both worked the whole game behind the plate on a hot humid night.

Organizations: Lakeshore Braves, Pierrefonds Dodgers

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