DRYDEN — Royal Oak Shrine tallied 11 runs during the final inning of play, assuring themselves of a deceptively distant 12-2 triumph against Dryden in a Division 4 regional baseball semifinal matchup encompassing five innings last Saturday at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian High School.
With the result, Dryden sees a 22-13 season draw to a close.
"We had a 2-1 lead after four innings and things were looking pretty good for us," Dryden Coach Allan Ferrett said. "We were three innings away from playing for the regional title," he noted.
"Then we started the top half of the fifth inning with four errors. Our team made a couple more errors after that and Royal Oak Shrine made the most of those opportunities to put up 11 runs and end the game."
Tom Ferrett, of Dryden, looks to throw out an opposing baserunner during a game this past season. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In Saturday's matchup, Dryden went out on top early.
After holding Royal Oak Shrine scoreless in the top half of the first inning, Dryden plated a pair of runs before their opposition could register three outs against them.
The second and third innings were scoreless.
Royal Oak Shrine then cut their deficit in half, thanks to a one-run output during the top of the fourth inning.
The latter half of the fourth inning saw Dryden held scoreless.
That left Dryden holding a 2-1 edge with three innings remaining.
Then the errors that Dryden had not been committing all season long started to surface.
Royal Oak Shrine was quick to capitalize on those chances provided them during the top half of the fifth inning, accumulating 11 runs to show for their efforts.
That made it 12-2, Royal Oak Shrine, through four-and-a-half innings of play.
Dryden had to plate at least one run to keep the contest going, but the Cardinals were denied in their pursuit.
That left Royal Oak Shrine with a deceptively distant 12-2 triumph when the final out was registered.
Dryden collected three basehits in the season-ending loss. Tom Ferrett, Steve DeCeuninck and Trevor Crean (a single each) furnished those.
Despite the way the contest ended, Dryden Coach Allan Ferrett said his ballclub can hold their heads high.
"We still finished with a 22-13 mark and that is better than we have done in a long time. The kids should be proud of the season they had, I know I am."