Denny's Beer Barrel Pub stays alive with win over Sykesville|
Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer HYDE - An early cushion with your backs against the wall can take a lot of pressure off a team.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub rode the momentum from Adam Jury's three-run home run in the first inning and the right arm of Mike Davidson to defeat Sykesville, 5-3, at the Bison Sports Complex on Wednesday and stave off elimination in the Federation League playoffs.
The Senators lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, with Game 6 slated for this evening in Reynoldsville.
"Adam gave us a big lift early on," said Denny's catcher Thomas Yeager, "and Mike was on tonight. The home run took a lot of pressure off and allowed us to play a complete game. We hit the ball well the whole game and made some things happen."
Brandon Billotte and Derek Danver opened the first against Sykesville pitcher Dean Williams with consecutive singles. It wasn't long afterward that Jury was crushing a Williams offering over the fence in left field.
Williams settled in after Jury's bomb and retired seven of the next eight hitters he faced. A two-out walk to Brett Sutika in the fourth, however, allowed Denny's to add to the lead and score the eventual game-winning runs.
Sutika moved to third when Davidson's bloop flyball was lost in the sun by Sykesville outfielder Jason Roman. Davidson then stole second to move into scoring position for Billotte.
Like Davidson's single, Billotte had a bit of luck on his side, as right fielder Jake Felix slipped when he took a step. The slip allowed both Sutika and Davidson to score to extend the lead to 5-0.
"We were opportunistic when we needed to be," Yeager said of his team, which finished with 13 hits. "When you put the ball in play, anything can happen. Everyone in our lineup contributed at one time or another, and that's what we have to do to keep this series going."
The rest of the story was about Davidson, however, as the right-hander silenced the Senators' bats throughout much of the contest.
Davidson scattered five hits in earning his first win of the year. Sykesville eventually got to him with a two-run double from Jess Cogan, who later scored on a Roman groundout to set the final.
Sykesville got two hits apiece from Adam Fox and Jon Weber, but Davidson kept the top part of the Senators' order off the base paths in front of their heavy hitters.
The first two hitters in Sykesville's order went a combined 0-for-8.
"That's how you beat them," said Yeager. "You can't let those guys get on in front of hitters like Fox and (Nick) Brennen.
"Mike was fantastic tonight. He changed speeds and hit his spots. He has been very successful in his career because of how he locates and mixes his pitches. Aside from the one inning, he was in control the whole night."
Billotte, Danver, Jury, Yeager and Davidson had two hits apiece for Denny's, which improved to 15-10 on the season.
Baummer cf 4000, Quiggle 3b 4000, Fox ss 3020, Ni. Brennen dh 1100, Williams p 0000, Weber 2b 3120, Cogan 1b 3112, Roman lf 3001, Felix rf 2000, Snowberger c 2000, J. Lander ph 1000. Totals: 26-3-5-3.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub-5
Billotte lf 4122, Danver 2b 3120, Jury ss 4123, Solley rf 3000, Foster rf 0000, Redden dh 2010, Gardner cf 1010, Yeager c 3020, Bookhamer 1b 2000, Collins ph 1010, Orsich 1b 0000, Sutika 3b 2100, Davidson p 3120. Totals: 28-5-13-5.
Score by Innings
LOB-Sykesville 5, Denny's 8. DP-Sykesville. 2B-Fox. 3B-Cogan. HR-Jury (2 on, 1st inning). SB-Fox 2; Billotte, Gardner, Davidson. CS-Danver (by Snowberger). WP-Davidson 1.
Sykesville: Williams-6 IP, 13 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
Denny's: Davidson-7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
WP-Davidson (1-1). LP-Williams.