June 27, 2009
By Alex Buscemi
VIENNA, Va. — The Senators trumped the Gaithersburg Giants in a 7-1 victory at Water Field. The commanding win is Vienna's sixth in a row and they remain undefeated against teams from the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League.
From the get-go the Senators established their dominance. After starting pitcher Branden Weber set down the Giants batters in order in the first, Austin Booker, who leads the team in hits, started the fire with a single passed second base. Ryan Court got the first RBI of the night on a ground out to shortstop. Nick Kuroczkoís sacrifice fly to right field gave the Senators an early 2-0 lead. Both runs were unearned.
As the innings wore on, the Giants seemed to settle down and played with more confidence. Although the bases were kept pretty empty by the Senators pitchers, the Giants continued to put good wood on the ball. There were several thundering shots hit right to the fielders that could have easily been doubles if hit in the gap. The Giants also kept the warning track busy, and outfielders on both sides had to work hard throughout the game.
Behind the plate, the Senators had ten hits and six RBI. Though we saw impressive hitting from the majority of the lineup, it was Ryan Court who stood out the most with two RBI and a booming seventh inning homer over the left field wall which was the cherry on top of the Senatorsí commanding victory.
Weber had a strong performance on the mound and allowed only one hit in five innings, a slow hopping dribbler to third. For Weber the nightís success was all part of a growing experience.
“I did much better than my last couple of times [pitching], I threw more strikes, less pitches, and worked in my slider,” said Weber. “I just need to work on not leaving certain pitches over the plate and not losing my focus when we get ahead.”
The commanding lead gave Manager Chris Burr the cushion to let four other pitchers get an inning each of work. The Giants didnít do any damage against the pitching staff until the seventh inning with Ryan Camp on the mound. Camp was having some control issues and the Giants scored on a sacrifice fly after he walked the bases loaded.
Although the Senators wrapped up another decisive win, Burr didnít appear noticeably enthusiastic about his teamís performance.
“We performed a little stale, we need to throw the ball over the plate and we canít leave runners stranded on base,” said Burr. “We pulled out a victory because we outclassed them, it was just a grind 'em out ballgame.”