May 25, 2010 > Manager's Notebook
Submitted By Matt Huerta
Newark National Little League Raptors started their home field finale by playing lock-down defense and making it difficult for the visiting Muck Dogs to get on base.
Raptors defense fielded everything that came their way and made tag outs, force outs at second, and plays at first.
When the Raptors got to the plate, they consistently found holes in the Muck Dog defense, with all the hitters reaching base, although the Muck Dogs did make a force out at second. The offensive outpouring continued for the rest of the game for the Raptors, however the Muck Dogs made defensive adjustments and turned the Raptors powerful hitting against them by making put outs at second base after the Raptors drove the ball through the middle.
One Muck Dog had the misfortune of taking a hotly hit ground ball off of his mouth and had to leave the game. He made a courageous return and played his position with a little more caution.
Although everyone hustled on the base paths, the Raptors needed to continue to work on breaking for the next base as soon as the ball is hit off the tee. Although performing well, the Raptors are learning to make good decisions in the field, whether the best play is a tag out, force out or a throw to first.
The Muck Dogs have always played the Raptors tough, and it was no exception this time around. Everyone knows what they need to be doing while in the field or at the plate.
Next up for the Raptors is a three-game road trip to conclude the season.
Offensive Player of the Game: Kevin had the Muck Dog defense on its heels all game with his powerful line drives; defensive player of the game: Rio was all over the field making throws to get outs, and hustling to get force and tag outs.