Dover tastes delicious victory, blanks host Charter 13-0

WILMINGTON — Dave Gordon made a deal with the Dover High baseball team.

If the Senators got five hits to the opposite field on Thursday, the team bus would stop for ice cream on the way back.

In their quest for ice cream, the Senators scored 13 runs in the process.

“We got to find an ice cream shop on the ride home now,” coach Gordon said. “Get the boys some sweets.”

Dover earned a nonconference road victory Thursday, defeating Wilmington Charter 13-0 in five innings. Dover improved to 2-1 on the young season.

The Senators entered Thursday with a combined five runs in their first two games — both of which went to extra innings.

But they knew that was more due to bad luck with the balls they put in play. In 18 innings, Dover only struck out once offensively.

The balls started finding gaps on Thursday.

“The first two games we were squaring balls up and today they finally started dropping,” said senior catcher Noah Lanouette. “We realize that things like that are part of baseball. But we work so hard at practice to make sure we’re putting balls in play.”

The Senators took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Lanouette started a two-out rally with a double into the gap in right-center.

Michael Carrington plated Lanouette with a RBI single. Andrew Carney then pulled a liner over the first baseman’s head to knock in another run.
The Senators followed that up with four more runs in the second.

This time it was Lanouette who drove a run on a single. Carrington stayed hot with another RBI single, knocking in two run. Dover added a sixth run on a throwing error.

“We work really hard at practice and to have nothing fall in the first two games was rough,” Carrington said. “Stuff was falling and we were getting hits in the gaps. It was frustrating, but that’s baseball, it happens. We knew the hits would come eventually.”

Dover put the game out of reach with five more runs in the top of the third.

Hiram Davis delivered the big blow by dumping a double down the line in left with the bases loaded. Davis brought home a pair and Dom Velazquez followed with a single to score the remaining two basesrunners.

Alec Rodriguez knocked in the final run of the inning with a RBI single. Dover scored one run in both of the final two innings on a bases loaded walk and another error.

Gordon said he did tinker with the lineup after the first two games, but didn’t want the Senators to change their approach. The promise of ice cream didn’t hurt either.

“We talked as a staff, what do we change? Is there anything? But we were hitting balls right at people, not striking out,” Gordon said. “Just ride it out.”

The Dover offense totaled 14 hits while three different pitchers held Wilmington Charter to just one.

Velazquez started and went three hitless innings with four strikeouts. Cole Edwards and Matt Bieker each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

“We got the whole team in,” Carrington said. “Everybody was part of it. It feels great to have a team win like that.”

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