Giants end slump with 8-5 win

July 2, 2014   ·   0 Comments

It took a while, but the Orangeville Giants ended their losing streak Thursday (June 26) with a win over the Nobleton Cornhuskers in Nobletone.

The Giants did most of the hard work in the early going when they scored six runs in the first two innings including a line drive past second base by Dave Humphrey to bring in the first two a runs.

It didn’t hurt – at least the team, but most likely the player – that the bases were loaded when an inside pitch hit the batter.

That was the first of four Giants players who got beaned in the first two innings before Noble decided to put another hurler on the mound.

“We had a couple of errors that let them back in, but over all, on offence we were watching pitches,” said Giants coach Nathan Drury. “We’re being more patient at the plate. At the beginning of the year we getting too antsy and were swinging at everything. We weren’t taking a lot of walks. Now, we’ve relaxed and realized you’re not going to hit everything waiting for a pitch.”

Moving into the second inning the Giants took a big lead with a successful frame that saw Scott Dash hit a dinger to centre field to put two men on base.

Mike Bonsignore followed up with a single to load the bases.

The Nobleton bench groaned when another Giants hitter was hit at the plate to take his base and walk in a run.

Another single brought in another run across the plate to have Orangeville leading 6-0 at the end of the inning.

An error at second base on an overthrow during a steal in the third inning cost Nobleton when the Giants base runner made the dash to home plate on the error.

The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on a nice hit to the right field fence.

Late in the game a Nobleton home run over the left field fence brought in two runs, but it was too late for the home team to get back in the game.

The Nobleton Sports Park was recently re-done with a new backstop, fencing, and bleachers.

It’s a nice park with a good infield and well maintained outfield but it’s a short park.

With houses located just across the street – well within firing range of a ball with a good trajectory – an extra high fence was installed but so far there have been quite a few balls knocked over the fence onto the street.

The game went to Orangeville with a final score of 8-5.

The Giants won their first game of the season but have come up short ever since.

With the Giants bats settling down a bit they’ve got 11 games left on the regular schedule to get some notches in the ‘W’ column.

Drury also made special reference to pitcher Scott Dash who was on the mound for the entire game.

“He had a good performance all around,” Drury said.

The Bolton Brewers are still leading the North Dufferin Baseball League in the standings with a 16-3 record and 32 points.

Close behind, the Ivy Leafs are in second place with three losses, but are also two games behind the Brewers in games played.

The Aurora Jays are in the number three spot.

The Giants have two games on the road against Aurora and Lisle.

They return to their home diamond at Spingbrook park in Orangeville on Sunday, July 6, to host the Creemore Braves.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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