DeWitt The complexion of a baseball game can change in a half inning.
Just ask baseball lifer and Christian Brothers Academy coach Tom Dotterer. His Brothers (4-1, 2-1 OHSL) lost 10-2 to rival Jamesville-DeWitt (8-1,5-1 OHSL) Tuesday afternoon when the Red Rams brought home six runs in the fifth inning.
Even in a loss, his team’s first of the season, Dotterer maintained a positive attitude. “It makes the game the greatest game in the world because you never know what’s going to happen," he said.
J-D pitcher Chris McGee went the distance to pick up his third win of the season. He scattered seven hits and two walks while limiting the Brothers’ scoring to a single inning and stranding six base runners.
“I didn’t have my best stuff but I knew if I threw strikes my defense would be behind me and they were all day today,” McGee said.
The Rams' head coach, Ryan Dera, appreciated McGee’s performance more than the junior did himself, calling it “a wonderful game.”
But Dotterer was perhaps his biggest enthusiast on the day. “The kid pitched a hell of a game,” Dotterer said. “He came after you. He threw 103 pitches and he was as strong at the tail end of the game as he was at the beginning.”
McGee helped himself by hitting a two-run double with the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. CBA left fielder Justin Brennan lost the towering fly ball in the sun, and shortstop Camillo Spinoso was unable to make an over-the-shoulder catch in the outfield. Sam Crisalli scored easily from third and Tom Canfield hustled all the way from first base to beat the throw home.
If it was the six-run fifth that decided the game, a defensive play in the top of the inning spurred the rally.