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Greyhounds baseball 6-21 (done)

Greyhounds top River Dawgs

By Luke Meyer

sports@postbulletin.com

AUSTIN — The more experienced Austin Greyhounds played the role of Big Brother here Wednesday night against the younger, less-experienced lineup of the Austin River Dawgs.

While both teams represent the city of Austin, the similarities end there. The Greyhounds are an older, more experienced bunch that competes in Class B of amateur baseball. The River Dawgs are much younger, and are in Class C.

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Give the River Dawgs credit, they fought until the end in an 11-0 defeat, as the Greyhounds would have their way in the game. Play was halted at the end of the eighth due to the 10-run rule.

The Greyhounds jumped all over River Dawg starting pitcher John Halvorson in the first inning. Tate Cummins drilled a three-run homer, which was followed by Craig Braaten’s two-run home run in a six-run first inning for the Greyhounds.

Nick Bowe added a two-run double in the second to further distance the Greyhounds, making the score 8-0.

From there, both starting pitchers settled in. After the big first inning, Halvorson allowed two runs on four hits through the fifth inning. He also struck out four batters before giving way to reliever Pete Korfhage in the sixth.

Derek Emanuel was the lone bright spot for the River Dawgs at the plate. Emanuel recorded three of the River Dawgs’ four hits. All were singles.

Braaten was the star at the plate for the Greyhounds. He went 5-for-5 with a home run, a triple, and three doubles. Braaten never thought of holding up at first base on one of his doubles to complete the elusive cycle. "Naw," said Braaten. "You still gotta play the game."

Braaten was relieved to have a good game at the plate after struggling of late.

"This was a good confidence-booster, and I just had a relaxed approach," he said. "I wanted to put the head of the bat on the ball. It feels good to have a break-out game like this."

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As big as the Greyhound bats were, the Meyer brothers, Scott and Dave, combined to pitch a shutout of the River Dawgs.

Scott pitched three-hit ball over seven innings before Dave pitched the final inning.

"Scott threw well," said coach John Frein. "He might have thrown a little too much tonight, but he’s working on getting his arm back in shape and he threw well."

The River Dawgs host Eau Claire on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Greyhounds will play host to the Apple Valley Millers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

GREYHOUNDS 11, RIVER DAWGS 0

River Dawgs 000 000 00 — 0 4 1

Greyhounds 620 100 02 — 11 13 0

River Dawgs: Derek Emanuel 3-3. LP: John Halvorson 5 IP, 9 R, 10 H, 4 K, 2 BB.

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Greyhounds: Craig Braaten 5-5, 2 RBIs, 3 R; Tate Cummins 3-5, 3 RBIs; Nick Bowe 2-4, 2 RBIs. WP: Scott Meyer 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB.

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