Wednesday, April 21, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
Having a game scheduled almost every day of the week can either hurt a team or help them improve on their skills. Every batter accepts the challenge when stepping up to the plate in search of making good contact with the bat. By having played five days in a row, every starting player in the lineup has had the opportunity of working on coming through with those big hits. The Renegades from Shawnee had a day’s rest after completing their fifth game that ended on Monday. Cherokee was looking to put up their second win against Shawnee, but Sean Doolittle’s efforts only the mound allowed the Renegades to post a 7-0 shutout.
With the Ralph Shaw Memorial Classic finally ended, it was a weekend to remember for Cherokee and Shawnee. At the beginning of this tournament, Chiefs were able to put together a solid game against Shawnee that handed the Renegades their first loss of the season during the second round. But after everything was completed, Shawnee would return the favor by defeating Cherokee to capture the weekend tournament.
Picking right up when he left off being named the most valuable pitcher during the Ralph Shaw tournament, Doolittle was very familiar with his opponent. The Renegades found a way to score against starting pitcher Ryan Kulik. Scoring two runs in the second and two in the fourth, Shawnee jumped out to a comfortable 5-0 lead with Doolittle on the mound. Ben Yerkes would highlight the game with a homerun to go along with his three hit day. Doolittle pitched a complete game shutout striking out 15 batters.
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