Jey Young/ Ball Boy Blog
Section 108 at GESA Stadium and the entire stadium loved the performance on the field from the Rooster Tails(Dust Devils). If I had to recap the night's vibe in one word, phrase, or motion, a simple hat tip with a wink would feel appropriate.
Rooster Tails 1B Gabe Matthews scored CF Jordyn Adams on a sac fly to put the Dust Devils up early, to allow SP Ryan Costeiu to get into yet another groove on the bump. The Hillsboro Hops C Adrian Del Castillo matched the early run-scoring energy to tie the game at 1-1. This would be the last run that Costeiu would give up for the remainder of the 2nd and until the 6th when he was pulled from the game.
The performance from SP Ryan Costeiu was impressive, to say the least, on the mound as he left Runners in scoring position(RISP) in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to keep the Rooster Tails ahead each of those frames and limit the Hops to 1ER through 5. Costeiu surrendered a 2RBI double to Hops 1B Tristin English in the top of the 6th and was thus pulled from the game. Costeiu now boosts a 2.50ERA over 36.0IP with 44K and a 0.94WHIP.
The Roosters Tail's offense was led by 2B Kyren Paris, who hit for 3/4 of the cycle tonight with a single, double, and a triple and earned himself 3RBI. SS Jose Guzman, 1B Gabe Matthews, and C Straton Podaras produced 2RBI a piece to give the offense nine runs scored. However, the Rooster Tails did go 3-14 with RISP and had 6 LOB. The Rooster Tails played some excellent small ball tonight, with 2H coming from well-timed and perfectly executed bunts to advance runners and keep the pressure on the opposition.
One of the big takeaways of the game was 6'5" RHRP Brandon Dufault, who earned his 3rd save of the season as he pitched a clean 8th and 9th inning, with 4K's and no runners reaching base. Dufault passed the eye test tonight, as he looked like a pro pitcher in a high-leverage situation. His team needed a win and needed him to lock down the game. Dufault showed the crowd a high 80's/low 90's slider/breaking ball to go along with a fastball with movement ranging from 94-101MPH on the gun.
In their baby blue jerseys, the pitching was as excellent as limiting the Hops(Neon Green) to go 1-9 with RISP and leaving eight on base. The offense clicked from top to bottom, and the defense committed 0 errors and looked confident, fielding routine plays, allowing the game to come to them.
The energy, the crowd, the fun, the fantastic voice, and the energy of the Erik The Peanut Guy kept the crowd involved, and the guy on the soundboard tonight added to the win. The fireworks after the game were a sweet cherry on top as the Rooster Tails ended a seven-game skid and look to make it back-back wins to end the six-game set against the Hops at 6:30 pm on 6/5.
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