FARMINGTON – D-BAT Bonesio’s lineup keeps grinding out at-bats, waiting for that one moment to do extra damage on the scoreboard.
Facing off-target pitches, D-BAT waits. After a called strike, D-BAT waits. Even after a foul tip, D-BAT waits. Soon enough, that one moment arrives.
As a result, D-BAT’s putting up stout numbers at the Connie Mack World Series.
“I think they build confidence from pitch to pitch, at-bat to at-bat,” coach Ryan Bonesio said. “No lead is safe, and they just have to keep hitting and hitting and put up as many runs as they possibly can, not let up.”
Getting into 0-2, 1-2 and 2-2 pitch counts, D-BAT is prolonging its at-bats. Anticipating pitches that travel straight down the center, D-BAT’s sticks get a piece of the ball. It continues to get a piece of the ball, again and again.
“We’re trying to foul off the pitch that’s not ours, trying to find a mistake late in that at-bat,” third baseman Jaret Godman said.
Eventually, D-BAT finds an ideal pitch to swing at, smashing it into the distance.
Every time D-BAT makes contact at the plate, fair or foul, the odds of critical base hits keep increasing.
And as the critical base hits increase, the odds of higher scoring outputs increase.
“We know we’re a good hitting team. Just trying to grind out at-bats, get the pitch count high and just get deep in at-bats,” Godman said. “The longer we go into at-bats, the better chance we have of finding a mistake, getting runs in with (runners in) scoring position especially.”
As competition intensifies, D-BAT, which has scored six-plus runs in three of its four CMWS games through tonight, plans to stay the course and keep taking hacks in the box, waiting for that extra chance to crush the ball.
“We’ve just got to barrel balls up, get some runs up early,” Godman said. “The more swings you take, the more chances you have.”
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.