Diamond Pups avenge opening loss
By Greg Sullivan
The Diamond Pups had a shot at revenge for their only loss this season and they took full advantage picking up a hard-fought 5-2 win over Monticello.
Dylan Peppers started the game but exited after just one inning with an arm injury, allowing Fred Williams to enter the game and pick up the win.
"Dylan didn't look himself on the mound but fought through the first inning," said Pups Coach Mike McSherry. "I saw some things I didn't like in the second inning and went to check on Peppers. His arm was quite sore and it's way to early in the season to chance anything."
Coming in to pitch the last four innings for the Pups was Roderick Rhodes who gave up only one run on the way to a save.
What Peppers didn't get a chance to do on the mound, though, he did with his bat, hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the first and scoring a run for the Pups in the third on a ground ball by Dustin Taylor.
Driving in runs for the Pups in the game were Taylor with two RBI, Peppers with one, Williams with one and Alex Harris with one.
McSherry said the win was a big one for his team, which improved to 2-1 on the year.
"Our defense has improved over the first few game," he said. "And we are heading in the right direction."
"We need to develop a few more arms, with big games against Social Circle and Youth looming on the horizon. If our pitchers can cut down on the walks, our gloves and sticks will take over."
Morgan hosts GMC this Wednesday at 4:30 PM and travels to Greene County next Tuesday.