Boylan, Hononegah cruising to showdown

Harlem’s Jason Dahle runs after making contact with a pitch. The Huskies fell to the Boylan Titans 10-2 for their third conference loss this season. Boylan is undefeated so far in NIC-10 play. (Photo by Matt Nestor)

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

The Boylan Titans knew they would hit the ball this season. Unfortunately for the rest of the NIC-10, their offense is keeping pace.

The Titans faced another stiff test, traveling to Harlem to face their ace, Johnny Lieske. The Huskies have strong hope for their season, but have stumbled out of the gate.

They had a great chance to rebuild some momentum to their season against Boylan, but the Titans struck early and often on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Huskies.

The Titans did the bulk of their scoring against Lieske. The Harlem pitcher went five innings and struck out six, but also allowed 9 of the 10 runs and gave up 10 hits.

Zach Domin went 2-4 for the Titans, and R.J. Roberts also added a run-scoring double to help lead the way for the Titans. But the star of the of day was Tyler Dray.

Dray was the starting pitcher for the Titans in the game. He threw a complete game for the Titans and struck out 10.

But he was more than just a slick lefty pitcher on the day. Dray helped his own cause, hitting two home runs along the way to the win.

The Titans are one of two teams left in the NIC-10 who have yet to lose a game. The other is Hononegah.

The Indians have also been playing well along the way, led by top pitcher Ryan Scarpetta. The two teams meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Boylan with first place on the line.

The key match-up to watch is obviously going to be the Indians’ ace, Scarpetta, as he matches up against the Titans’ offense. Boylan has one of the deepest lineups in the state, but the Indians pitcher is also one of the best in the state.

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From the April 28-May 4, 2010 issue

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