PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla .– Another game, another win for Dover All-Star Team Cal Ripken, 10.
After undefeated races at state and regional tournaments, Dover started their billiards schedule on Friday with a victory at the Cal Ripken World Series.
Much like in Hampton for the State Tournament and in Fall River, Massachusetts for the New England Tournament, Dover used a combination of strong pitching, hitting and defense and defeating Key West, Fla., 8- 2 at Gardens Park.
“We haven’t had the best warm-up, but these guys know they can play with anyone,” said Dover head coach Mike Lynch. “To win this first game, and convincingly, I think that’s all the confidence they’ll need.”
The Dover pool game schedule continues on Saturday against the Ohio Valley Regional Qualifier South Lexington, Ky. At 2:30 p.m.
Dover scored in each of the six innings and held a 3-0 lead before Key West scored a run in the third. Dover scored single runs in the first three innings, and also in the sixth; and scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
“We’re really good when we’re up front,” Lynch said. “It’s the World Series and we’re up against a team from Florida, but the kids are confident in their ability to pitch. To get a point in the first set and add more as you went, the confidence only grew throughout the game. ”
Connor Lynch allowed three hits and two runs in over five innings, striking out six strikes. Ben Cheek has secured the last three strikeouts.
“(Connor) throws a lot of strikes,” said Mike, his father. “Anytime a runner gets into a scoring position he doesn’t care, he knows he can take outs.”
Connor Lynch helped his cause with an RBI to the ground in the first, scoring Trey Longuil.
Lucas Grigas added an RBI single, scoring Des Fennessy, in the second, and Rhett Reed’s RBI single on the left scored Lynch in the third, extending Dover’s lead to 3-0.
“We were able to score early and we’re hard to catch up when we’re in front because our throws are so good,” said coach Lynch.
After a day off Sunday, Dover returns to the field on Monday against North Florida champion Jacksonville Beach at 10 a.m.
A knockout tournament follows the group game with the league game scheduled for Friday August 13.