Dickerson’s arm and Blackmon’s bat lead Darlington over West Florence
By Drake Horton
Bryant Dickerson’s complete game shutout and Jake Blackmon’s three RBIs were the catalyst for Darlington Post 13’s 7-0 opening season victory over West Florence Green May 28 at home.
“He was the key to our play today because he pitched first pitch strikes they were swinging at; we made the routine plays behind him; we didn’t throw the ball around or boot the ball around him,” Darlington head coach Joe Kolodziej said.
“We played our really good game of defense and once we did that, that’s when the bats woke up and we just kept on applying the pressure where we could and make scoring opportunities whenever we could get people in scoring position.”
Those scoring opportunities came quickly and often as Darlington scored all seven of its runs in the first four innings.
Blackmon got the scoring going in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Blackmon singled to left giving Darlington its first two runs of the game.
Post 13 added to that lead in the second and third inning off West Florence miscues.
In the second Darlington capitalized on Green not paying attention in the field as Tyler Berry scored all the way from first on an error by West Florence’s second baseman. The third inning was more of the same as Karson Norris scored after Green’s first baseman dropped a routine throw that would have completed the third out of the inning.
Up 4-0 Darlington finished off the scoring in the fourth inning, pushing three more runs across the board with Blackmon finishing what he started, knocking in the final run of the game after being responsible for the first two runs of the game.
“I really just came up to the plate trying to put the ball in play, move runners around, get them in even more scoring position or bring them in,” Blackmon said.
The other two runs in the fourth inning came from an RBI single by Jacob Adams and an RBI double by Norris.
The offense, however, was not the only thing clicking for Darlington. The pitching and defense were superb against West Florence. Green did not get its first hit of the game until the fourth inning which was also the only one they earned for the entire game.
“The defense was just behind me; they made every good play, pitched strikes,” Dickerson said.
Post 13 played two other games this week losing both on the road. The first game was this past Wednesday against South Florence Blue losing 10-3 and the second was on Thursday in a rematch with Green, losing 5-3.