By Doug Gorman
The Dutchtown Bulldogs and Henry County Warhawks baseball teams stepped out of their respective regions Monday afternoon, but both teams played like the game counted in their league standings.
In the end, the Bulldogs held off Henry County's seventh-inning rally attempt to win the game 7-6.
Despite his team's victory, first-year Dutchtown head coach Michael Breedlove thought his squad could have played better.
"We played a lot of people, and we played hard, but I'm just a little frustrated with the effort, but a win is a win. "Henry County battled hard and did a good job keeping the game close."
The Warhawks stayed in the contest despite only having 11 players available for the game.
Defense might have saved the day for Dutchtown in the fifth inning, allowing the Bulldogs to keep the 4-3 lead.
Left fielder Alex Goss made a catch on his knees for the first out of the inning, right fielder Tracy Lynch added a diving catch, and center fielder Kellen Holiday back tracked and hauled in a ball hit to the wall for the last out of the inning.
"They made some great catches in the fifth inning that took some runs away from us," Henry County head coach Jason Shadden said. "We generated runs when we had to, we had some good base running, but we had one inning where we hit the ball really well, but they just made some great catches."
After spotting Henry County the first run of the game in the top of the third when Brendan Moises scored without the benefit of a hit, Dutchtown took a 3-1 lead when Goss started the rally by reaching on an error.
Aaron Downing's RBI single drove home Goss and Trey Nelson kept things going with a tripe to drive in Downing.
The third run of the inning came across the plate when Holiday came up big with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Henry County tied the game at 3-all when it added two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Josh Cough turned a double into a run after stealing third and coming home on aarom Denney's sacrifice fly.
Patrick Seymour who started the game on the mound and became one of four pitchers used by Henry County walked and scored the tying run.
Trei Pollion gave the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth when he reached on a single and later scored on Jessie Christensen's RBI.
Two more runs by Dutchtown in the bottom of the fifth gave the Bulldogs a 6-3 cushion.
The final Dutchtown run came in sixth inning after Christensen walked and later scored in the sixth.
Dutchtown led 7-4 heading into the last inning, but added its last two runs of the game after Brendan Moises walked and later scored. Lead-off hitter Josh Childers added a single and laterscored the final run of the game for the Warhawks.
Ryan Cason pitched out of some seventh-inning trouble for the Bulldogs, adding two straight strkeouts and getting the final Henry County batter to ground out to the mound for the final out of the game.