Cubs drop openers

Freshman R.J. Fitzgerald dives back to first after a pick-off attempt in the Cubs’ game against the Bitterroot Red Sox. Jess Alberi photo

 

The Dillon Cubs opened their season on Saturday at Vigilante Field, where they dropped both games of a doubleheader to the visiting Bitterroot Red Sox. 

MJ Simkins got the nod from Cubs Head Coach Aaron Orme as Dillon’s opening game starter. A senior, Simkins is one of the ace pitchers returning from last year’s Cubs team.

The Red Sox have been on the field since early March and that extra month of practice was most obvious in the batter’s box, as every member of the Bitterroot team recorded a hit.

After watching his team give up five runs in the third inning to fall behind, 7-0, Orme turned the ball over to MJ’s younger brother, Nate Simkins, to come in for relief and to try and slow down the powerful Red Sox offense.

The Sox attack continued apace though, as the visitors kept stroking the ball all over the field.

The Simkins brothers ended up with similar pitching performances, as each struck out one, walked one, and gave up eight hits.

The Cubbies got their first hit of the season in the fourth inning when senior Corey Renfree smacked a shot for a single and moved first baseman Logan Wilson, who had reached base on a walk, to second.

Newcomer Nick Huber followed that up with a single of his own to load the bases for freshman Jamey Richardson, who showed his experience from last year by registering a quality at-bat in the pressure situation. Richardson worked a walk, which scored Wilson and gave Richardson the first Cub RBI of the 2014 season.

With the bases still juiced, Bitterroot decided to bring in a new pitcher, who sailed his second pitch past the catcher to score Renfree and advance the other runners.

Dillon‘s Chris Olsen then smashed a ball to short, giving Huber the chance to score on the fielder’s choice and Dillon the last of its three runs in the 12-3 loss.

 

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