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Home runs soar out as Lions, Bulldogs split

Home runs soar out as Lions, Bulldogs split
Home runs soar out as Lions, Bulldogs split | Dresden Lions, Matt Beaty, Gleason Bulldogs, Conner Verdell, Daniel Harris, Josh Bone, Nicky SPain

Grand Slam — Lion Matt Beaty blasted two home runs, including a grand slam, in Dresden’s 23-12 win over Gleason on Tuesday. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
Home runs were abundant as the Dresden Lions and Gleason Bulldogs split a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
In Monday’s action at Wilson Park in Dresden, the host Lions smashed a pair of homers, while the Bulldogs belted one over the fence. Despite the dinger tally in Dresden’s favor, it was Gleason picking up the 13-9 victory.
On Tuesday in Tater Town, the Lions made sure to take advantage of their four home runs, outscoring Gleason 23-12.
The Lions and Bulldogs combined to blast seven round trip shots during their two-game series.
Dresden junior left-handed slugger Matt Beaty ripped three of the moon shots, including a grand slam on Tuesday. For the series, Beaty went 7-for-9 at the plate with 10 RBI and five runs scored.
For the Bulldogs, it was Conner Verdell ripping the cover off the baseball. Verdell combined to go 7-for-9 at the plate with the lone Bulldog homer in addition to four runs scored and two RBI.
In Monday’s Gleason win, the Bulldogs wasted little time in putting runs on the board. The Dawgs plated four runs in the top of the first, including Verdell’s two-run shot.
Dresden respond immediately with back-to-back homers from Gatlin Hatchel and Beaty to cut the GHS lead to 4-3 after an inning.
Nicky Spain added a run for Gleason in the second, but the Lions took the lead with three runs in the home half to move on top, 6-5.
From there, Gleason added a trio of runs in the third to regain the lead at 8-5. Austin Sullivan, who was 4-for-6 in the game, scored the second of his three runs in the Dawg win.
Gleason had another big inning with five runs in the sixth to take a commanding 13-6 advantage.
Dresden was held scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings before Colin Kanehl touched home in the sixth.
The Lions’ last rally try added two runs in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as GHS took the 13-9 win.
Thomas Fowler took the mound win for Gleason.
In Tuesday’s 23-12 Lion win, the visitors blew the game open with nine runs in the sixth inning. A total of 14 Lions batted then.
Dresden’s Josh Bone had already scored twice before Gleason got on the board. Bone doubled and scored in the two-run first and walked and scored as part of Dresden’s four-run, second-inning outburst.
Gleason cut into the lead and turned two walks into runs in the second. Fowler and Ryan Richardson both crossed home plate.
Both teams added a run in the third, before Beaty led off the fourth with a solo home run. Daniel Harris tripled and scored to boost the DHS lead to 9-2.
Gleason bounced back with four runs thanks to three walks and Nicky Spain’s two-RBI single in the fourth, whittling the Dresden lead to three, 9-6.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Lions took complete control with nine runs in the sixth. Alex Robinson hit a two-run homer followed by a Daniel Janes solo shot. Later in the at-bat Beaty smashed his grand slam as the Lions’ lead hit 18-6 on the way to the 23-12 victory for Dresden.

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