SUDBURY, Mass. — Sometimes a win or a loss simply comes down to which team makes the plays and which team doesn’t. No numbers or statistics are needed to quantify it.
It’s just as simple as that old adage.
Lincoln-Sudbury’s 6-1 victory over Newton South, in a battle of Dual County League contenders on Wednesday afternoon at Feeley Field, was a perfect example of that.
The Warriors played a steady, efficient brand of baseball, while the Lions ran into a crucial out at third base in the middle of a rally and let their opponents capitalize with two runs off a throwing error in the infield.
Being able to wait around until their opponent makes an unforced error in the field or on the base paths and then capitalizing on that has been a staple of several wins for Kirk Fredericks' group this season.
“All year long we haven’t lost any games. Other teams have lost them,” Fredericks said of the poise of his 8-1 team. “We hang around with each other at 0-0 and then (the opponent) makes a couple of mistakes and we don’t. Then we take advantage of them. I’m proud of the way that our guys played, because that’s our strength.”
Added Newton South head coach Ron Jordan: “If you want to beat them then you have to play perfect baseball and obviously we didn’t today...They made the plays and we didn’t. That’s what happens.”
Warriors Capitalize With Defense: The Warriors pitching staff was able to keep the Lions’ offense at bay, but there were two defensive stands that really helped solidify that.
Mike Kinch’s leadoff single in the top of the fourth inning snapped a streak of seven straight outs by Warriors starting pitcher David McCullough. Kinch stole second base and McCullough lost Justin May to set up the Lions first threat since the first inning.
McCullough got John Jennings to fly out to second and Sam Miller came up with a big defensive play on a liner to left off the bat of Jesse Feldstein. Miller raced hard to his left and made an acrobatic diving catch to record the out, and he quickly got to his feet and doubled up Kinch at second base to get out of the inning.
“He’s been doing some good things for us,” Fredericks said of Miller, who plays all over the diamond for the Warriors. “I told him that I think it was the key play of the game. It gave us the momentum back.”
McCullough hit a bit of a snag in the bottom of the fifth inning as he was taken out after loading the bases with one out. Sid Warrenbrand came in and surrendered a run after Ben Bavly was forced out after dribbling one down to second. But on the play, instead of having men at second and third with two outs after the putout, Patrick Mildner was caught off the bag at third to erase another potential rally.
“You take the mistakes you made today, you go to practice and you try to work on them,” said Jordan.