Dofflemyer’s complete game lifts Clarke baseball over Manassas Park, 9-2

Posted: April 10, 2013

Clarke County catcher Michael Fields waits on the throw as Manassas Park’s Clarence Washington slides safely into home during Tuesday’s baseball game at Singhas Field. The Eagles won 9-2. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Clarke County’s Jarrett Sowder chases Manassas Park’s Josh Richardson during a rundown on Tuesday at Singhas Field. Richardson was eventually tagged out. The Eagles won 9-2. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

BERRYVILLE — Coming off five straight losses, Clarke County senior pitcher Ike Dofflemyer delivered the type of performance the Eagles needed.

Dofflemyer allowed just four hits, two runs and struck out four in a complete-game performance in the Eagles’ 9-2 Bull Run District win over Manassas Park at Singhas Field on Tuesday.

“Ike was really effective and he threw like 67 pitches and finished the whole game so he was really efficient,” said Clarke County coach Jon Novick. “It was probably his best outing — and probably anybody’s best outing for us this year.”

Clarke County’s offense gave Dofflemyer plenty of support with nine hits and he never took the mound in any inning with his team trailing Manassas Park (2-4, 1-3).

The Eagles (3-5, 1-2) scored three runs off Manassas Park starting pitcher Josh Richardson in the first four innings.

Evan Snapp’s RBI double to the wall in left-center field scored Connor Liggett to put the Eagles ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Clarke added an unearned run after Patrick McGrath scored on an error on Liggett’s ground ball to second to put Clarke County ahead 2-1 through two innings.

Dofflemyer retired six in a row until a two-out single by Clarence Washington in the fourth. He hit the Cougars’ No. 6 batter Carlos Castillo and then senior Ryan Olson drove in Washington with an RBI single to tie the game 2-2.

Clarke County answered in the bottom of the fourth, getting a leadoff double by Kasey Lake, who scored after an error by Manassas Park shortstop Chris Hoffa to put the Eagles ahead 3-2.

Manassas Park coach Gerry Campbell brought Hoffa on in relief in the bottom of the fifth, and the Eagles batted around and blew the game open.

After Dofflemyer reached on an error to start the inning, David Betz followed with a triple to center that scored courtesy-runner Alex Dobry. Cody Santmyer followed with an RBI single, and Patrick McGrath was awarded first after catcher’s interference.

An out later, Jarrett Sowder singled to load the bases, and Liggett followed with a sharply-hit grounder that took a high hop over Manassas Park second baseman Castillo to drive in McGrath and Lake. After Snapp (2 for 4 with a double and a run) reached on a fielder’s choice, Fields drove in two more runs with a single to extend the Eagles’ lead to 9-2.

Clarke sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on four hits off Hoffa.

“Everyone pretty much up and down [the batting order] got hits today,” said Liggett, who went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. “We just came out and opened it up early and didn’t let off. This win means a lot to us.”

The Eagles’ victory snapped a five-game skid that included three losses to Group AA teams (two to Warren County and one to James Wood) and a pair of district losses to Central and William Monroe.

After the Eagles’ six-run fifth, Dofflemyer retired the Cougars in order in both the sixth and seventh innings with just 10 pitches. He also had 1-2-3 innings in the first and third innings and got an unnassisted double play by Sowder at short to end the sixth.

“I was just really trying to just go out and throw strikes and be efficient,” said Dofflemyer, who improved his record to 1-1. “Being efficient is big in pitching because you can go the full game and I ended the game with like 67 pitches and that was a big thing for me. I usually throw a lot of pitches and I have walks. I hit a couple batters but I feel like I did alright.”

Seven different Clarke players had hits (and scored runs) and all nine in the batting order reached base. The Eagles’ big offensive day came without one of their best players — senior catcher Keith Hummer, who missed Tuesday’s game because of back spasms.

“The thing that helped us out was we finally started hitting the ball,” Novick said. “We still stranded a lot of runners [seven] but we scored enough tonight to get the job done. Our problem had been stringing together hits and tonight we were able to do that.”

Richardson took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) through four innings. He struck out three and walked three.

“You can’t take anything away from [Clarke County] — they’re a feisty team,” Campbell said. “[Clarke] made the routine plays and we hit a lot of fly balls. We’re just not playing well.”

— Contact Robert Stocks at rstocks@winchesterstar.com

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