LAKE PLACID — The drama of Dixie Boys Baseball (ages 13-14) rivals even that of the major leagues.
Sweet Frogs survived a furious late-inning rally from Bevis Construction on Thursday night, eventually holding on for the 9-7 win at the Lake June Ball Fields.
Bevis battled back from a 9-2 deficit, but fell short of victory when the game was called due to time constraints after the fourth inning.
“They just found their momentum and started hitting the ball,” Sweet Frogs coach Izzy Gomez said. “But that’s all part of the game — we had our big inning and they had theirs.”
Bailey Bevis started the game for Bevis Construction, and ran into trouble in the top of the first inning. After loading the bases with only one out, Marshal Bond brought in a run with a single. But Bevis settled himself on the mound and rebounded to strike out the next two Sweet Frogs batters to end the inning with only minimal damage.
Despite putting runners into scoring position in the bottom of the second, Bevis Construction fell prey to a handful of dubious called strike threes, failing to plate any runs. Things only unraveled from there.
In the top of the third, Sweet Frogs exploded for six runs, largely thanks to three Bevis Construction errors.
Heading into the bottom of the inning trailing 8-0, victory seemed out of reach for Bevis Construction. But the team refused to quit, and a solo home run from DJ Williams sparked an epic rally.
Following Williams’ blast, Bevis Construction loaded the bases. Dylan Deford’s patience at the plate paid off, and he drew a walk to bring in a run to cut the deficit down to 8-2.
Sweet Frogs tacked on another run in the top of the fourth thanks to an RBI single from Luis Perez. But with Quesmael Sholtz now on the mound for Bevis Construction, a Sweet Frogs rally was quickly snuffed.
Back at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, Bevis Construction quickly picked up where they left off. With runners on second and third, the stage was set for more fireworks. Tay Williams capitalized on the moment, blasting a three-run homer to cut Sweet Frogs’ lead to 9-5.
Bevis continued the offensive onslaught, launching a pitch to the right-field fence for a stand-up triple. Michael Warner plated him with an RBI ground out, and Sholtz followed with a walk. Quickly stealing second and third, Sholtz bolted home on an errant pickoff attempt to put his team within two runs of Sweet Frogs.
But as quickly as Bevis Construction’s rally began, it abruptly ended, as officials called the game after the fourth inning due to the hour and a half time limit.
With the game called, Sweet Frogs swept Bevis Construction for the regular season. Gomez said his team is playing well as the season inches towards its stretch run.
“We’re just going to keep working with these guys,” Gomez said. “We’ve got about five or six games left. We’re going to do our best to make sure our kids are prepared and get a high seed for the city tournament.”
Sweet Frogs is back in action Monday, when it travels to Sebring to take on Got Milk? at the Max Long Sports Complex.
Bevis Construction also plays on Monday, hosting Howard Fertilizer at the Lake June Ball Fields. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.