FARMINGTON — Defense shined today in the opening game of Pool C of the Connie Mack World Series between D-BAT 17 and the Connecticut Bombers at the Farmington Sports Complex.
The two teams combined for seven double plays, four for D-BAT and three for Connecticut, on the way to a pitcher's duel that saw D-BAT pull out a 2-1 victory.
"Honestly, what won us that game was pitching and defense," D-BAT coach Zack Matthews said. "Jacob Burton pitched a really good game for us today, and our defense was solid. Pitching and defense got it done for us."
D-BAT got both of its runs in the top of the first inning, one of which came on an error at third base. Bombers' coach Greg Simler said the error was likely the result of first-game nerves.
After giving up the runs in the first, Simler said starting pitcher Jack DePaolo settled in and provided a calming presence for the rest of the Bombers.
"After the first inning (DePaolo) settled down and did a good job keeping it close. We turned three double plays, and that's nice, but we just couldn't get that hit to kind of push us over and take the lead."
Jacob Burton earned the win for D-BAT, pitching six and two thirds innings while giving up just four hits.
D-BAT and Connecticut will pick up play in Pool C Sunday morning at Ricketts Park. The Bombers will face All-Star Baseball at 10 a.m., followed by D-BAT taking on the Florida Legends.
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The Florida Legends and All-Star Baseball Academy had to wait longer than any other teams to start pool play at the Connie Mack World Series, but the late start was worth the wait as the Legends slipped past ASBA 2-1 tonight at the Farmington Sports Complex.
As part of Pool C, Florida and ASBA only played one game today, and they were the final game of the day at the Complex.
The Legends, out of Miami, got one run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly and took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning.
The two sides traded runs in the sixth. Adam Fernandez hit a solo homer for the Legends while ASBA, based out of Phoenix, got an RBI from Jordan Suarez.
The Legends and ASBA will play two games Sunday. ASBA will meet the Connecticut Bombers at 10 a.m. at Ricketts Park. Immediately after that game, Florida will face D-BAT 17. Then the teams will move to Worley Field, where Florida will play the Bombers at 4 p.m., followed by ASBA versus D-BAT 17.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.