Deacs in the Dominican - Day 3

Dec. 18, 2012

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Wake Forest played one game on Tuesday in between a tour of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo and a few service projects in Guajabo.

The Demon Deacons were instructed that the Colonial Zone is the oldest permanent settlement in the New World (1505). The team was also able to climb to the top of Fortaleza Ozama, located on the west bank of the Ozama River.

Wake Forest then traveled to play its only game of the day against the National Navy Team, la Marina de Guerra. The game ended in a 7-7 tie through nine innings.

The Deacs went up 3-0 through the top of the third, as Jack Carey, James Harris and Pat Blair all picked up RBIs. The Navy answered with two in the bottom of the third, but Wake Forest went up 5-2 in the top of the fifth. Conor Keniry and Brett Armour scored the runs for the Demon Deacons.

The Navy tied the game up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and took a 7-5 lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Jimmy Redovian began the top of the ninth with a double down the left field line and would come around to score four batters later when Pat Blair reached on an error. Blair, with Keniry on third, got himself into a rundown in between first and second long enough that Keniry could come home from third and score the tying run.

The Navy had a great chance in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded and nobody out. A fly ball was hit to center field, but Joey Rodriguez settled under it nicely and fired a laser to home plate to cut down the potential winning run. The next batter then grounded out to Keniry at second base to end the game.

Blair ended the game 3-for-5 and reached base two more times on fielding errors. Connor Kaden started the game for Wake Forest and went five innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out a pair.

Wake Forest ended its day in the small sugar cane village of Guajabo. The team helped paint a house and also delivered hygiene packets to several homes.

The Deacs will play a doubleheader tomorrow and will attend a Dominican Winter League game in San Pedro de Macoris.



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