Fielding miscues costly for Blue Devils


Staff report
It was Willie Mays who said, “Defense is the key to playing baseball.” Old timers who got the chance to watch Mays patrol centerfield for the San Francisco Giants understand why Mays was so fond of defense. It was Ted Williams that claimed that with Mays in the outfield, centerfield was a place where triples went to die.

The Margaretville baseball team was served a lesson of the value of defense in Downsville last Thursday. Ten Blue Devils’ fielding miscues erased any chance of winning as Margaretville fell to the Eagles, 11-4.

Colyn Bonadies pitched a six-hitter, striking out 12, for the Eagles. Downsville committed only one error in the field in backing up their hard-throwing right hander.

Consecutive singles by Eric Mathiesen, Kyle Short, and Mitch Hull helped the Blue Devils plate two runs in the top of the first. The Blue Devils gave one run back by committing three errors in Downsville’s first at bat.
The Eagles used a leadoff walk and another error to tie the game, 2-2, in the second.

Back in front
A one-out Mathiesen single and a double in deep right center field gave the Blue Devils back the lead in the third. Blue Devils’ pitcher Kyle Short fanned the first two Eagle batters in the bottom of the frame before walking Brad Disher. Bonadies blasted a RBI single, the Eagles’ first hit of the game, plating Disher to knot the score at 3-3. An infield error on the next batter extended the inning with the Eagles scoring two more.

An infield throwing error cost Margaretville another unearned run in the Downsville fourth, ending Blue Devils’ staring pitcher Kyle Short’s time on the mound.
“Kyle pitched well enough to win today,” said Margaretville coach John Bernhardt. “He struck out eight batters in four innings, walked only two and allowed just three hits.

Devil rally
Downsville scored their seventh run in the fifth inning, an earned run at that, with Margaretville using a Cooper Reither double to get a run back in the seventh.
A four-error defensive meltdown allowed the Eagles to plate their final four runs in the seventh inning with only two hits.

The loss drops Margaretville to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in Delaware League play.