April 3, 2003
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Bulldog Scoreboard

High school boys baseball
Monday, March 31
Newton 13


'Dogs lose baseball opener
The Yellow Springs High School varsity baseball team braved bitter cold temperatures and bone-chilling wind in its season opener Monday. But the Bulldogs’ bats were as cold as the weather and they eventually lost 13–2 to the Newton High School Indians after the 10-run rule was enforced.
Newton jumped on the scoreboard early, plating 5 runs in the first two innings, and 7 more in the third.
The ’Dogs were never able to catch up. Senior Sam Jacobs pitched fairly well over three innings, but a defense that showed its inexperience allowed 7 unearned runs to score before the end of the third.
After the game coach Chris Rainey said that although his team only committed three errors, his players’ inexperience showed in the way they fielded the ball.
YSHS was without three starters. “We had guys filling in who had never played in a high school game before,” Rainey said.
With one out in the fourth, junior Walt Beer singled to center to record the Bulldogs’ first hit of the ballgame, but he was forced out at second when freshman Issa Walker’s screaming line drive was scooped up by the Indians’ second baseman, who quickly started the four-six-three double play to end the inning.
Beer, who started the game at firstbase, then relieved Jacobs on the mound. Beer struck out two batters and gave up an earned run in his only inning of work.
The Bulldogs’ lone highlight came when junior center fielder Dustin Rudegeair made a diving catch to stop the bleeding and put an end to the bottom of the third inning.
Yellow Springs scored its first run of the game in the second when Rudegeair hit into a fielder’s choice, driving home sophomore catcher Martin Bakari. Bakari drew a walk to lead off the inning. Bakari also scored the Bulldogs’ second run of the game when sophomore Noah Woodburn hit an RBI single up the middle in the fourth.
The game was called after the top of the fifth because YSHS failed to keep the deficit to under 10 runs.

Bulldogs to play in All-Star game
YSHS basketball fans will have one more chance this weekend to watch two seniors take the court, when Andrew Richlen and Brent Robinson will play in the District 15 All-Star game this Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m., at the Centerville High School gym.
Brad Newsome, the YSHS boys varsity coach, will captain the bench for the squad that features Robinson, Richlen and other stars from the Metro Buckeye Conference. Newsome’s team will oppose another group of all-stars from District 15, coached by Clinton Massie’s Brian Mudd.
This is the second All-Star game that Newsome has participated in since becoming the Bulldogs’ head coach two years ago. In 2001, Newsome coached in the District 9
All-Star contest. “I’m looking forward to coaching some of the outstanding players we faced this season, Newsome said, noting that it will be “nice” to have a Tyler Kettering of Xenia Christian or a Regi Shedd of Jefferson “on our side for once.”
Newsome said in the limited practice time that his players have concentrated on shooting drills. He has also worked on making the players feel relaxed together. “The important thing about these games is that everybody gets about equal playing time, and that everybody has fun,” he said.