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August 10, 2013

Baltimore bounces back to earn rematch with Delweld

JOHNSTOWN — Baltimore right-hander Bobby Ruse knew just what to expect Saturday after a deflating loss by his team to Johnstown’s Delweld Friday night in AAABA action at Point Stadium.

Ruse threw a complete game, scattering eight hits with eight strikeouts and one walk as Baltimore defeated New Orleans for the second time this week, 8-4, eliminating the Louisiana squad.

The victory earned Baltimore a rematch with Delweld at noon today.

“We did the same thing last year (playing after the late game) and came out flat against Cleveland and they beat us 4-2,” Baltimore coach Jason King said.

“Bobby pitched that same game last year so he understood what was going to happen with the day game after the night game. He was ready for it. I think we had a little more pep in our step this year than we did last year.”

Ruse said that several pitches were working for him against New Orleans.

“Early in the game, my change up was really working and my catcher (Tanner Anderson) had confidence in me and called it a lot,” Ruse said.

“Towards the end, I kind of lost it so I had to locate my fast ball to get an out. With our lineup, it’s a lot easier to pitch, because you know you’re going to get at least five runs every game.

“This was a must win game. Just to move on is really good, but to beat these guys is good. We’ve kind of had a rivalry with them. This is my fourth time here and every year it seems like we play them two games. It’s always a battle.

Youse’s Orioles of Baltimore jumped on New Orleans starter Pierce Liberta for four runs in the second inning with a single by Ryan Ripken and doubles by James Boddicker, Brady Sheetz and Brendan Butler.

“I just told the kids, Baltimore had 12 and either six or seven of them (5) were for extra bases,” New Orleans manager Lou Wineski said. “We made some good pitches and they put the bat on the ball and hit it weren’t. You can’t defend that. They have a nice ball club. They got to us early and we didn’t have anything to respond just like the other day when we played them.”

New Orleans got one run back in the third as Luke Voiron doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Jordan Caillouet to cut the Baltimore lead to 4-1.

The Louisiana team crept closer in the top of the fifth as Sam Carriere led off with a single and scored on another Voiron double. Voiron was plated on a single by Caillouet to pull New Orleans to 4-3.

Baltimore added a pair of runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for an

8-3 advantage.

New Orleans got a lead-off hit from Brady Williamson in the top of the eighth which was ruled a ground-rule double by second-base umpire Ron Goisovich, but the Boosters thought he should have gotten more out of it.

“The umpire made a rash judgement by raising his hand because the rule states if you reach for the ball that it is still a live ball,” Wineski said. “He didn’t go out there to check it. I don’t know if that one play makes a difference. It gives us some momentum possibly, but that’s the way it goes.”

Williamson stole third, but was stranded there.

New Orleans added another run in the top of the ninth as Josh Watkins led off with a single, went to second on a ground out and to third on an error. A Voiron sacrifice fly plated Watkins to set the final.

Ripken finished the day 4-for-5 while Boddicker was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. James Bunn was also 2-for-4 with one run scored and one batted in.

“We scored four runs early and put them behind and I don’t know if they got flat or not but it just seemed like everything kept going our way,” King said. “We got a lot of extra-base hits which was key which scored guys when we needed to. Just to add those two runs in the fifth and then in the sixth, I think that really deflated them a little bit and as long as Bobby kept throwing strikes, we knew we would be OK. He kept us in the game and we held on to win.”

For New Orleans, Voiron ended his tournament with a 2-for-3 outing, both doubles, scoring twice and driving in two. Caillouet and Carriere were both 2-for-4.

Young said that Ruse’s complete game Saturday was important for his team.

“With Bobby giving us a complete game, it means that everybody is left for two games (Sunday),” Young said. “Hopefully we get another good game by (right-hander) Brian Murphy, who pitched against New Brunswick and got a complete seven-inning game. We look forward to him being on the mound and playing Johnstown win or lose. We’ll be ready.”


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