Plaza Tire sweeps; Riverdogs remain winless

Saturday, June 24, 2006
River Dog's second baseman ?? Fowler, right, lost his glove as he applied the tag to Capaha's Zach Johnson for an out on a stolen base play during the third inning of Friday's, June 23, 2006, game at Capaha Field. (Don Frazier)

The Capahas remained perfect against the Riverdogs with wins of 1-0 and 5-1.

The Plaza Tire Capahas continued their 2006 domination of the Riverdogs Friday night.

But this time the Riverdogs put up quite a battle.

The Capahas posted their fourth and fifth wins over the Riverdogs in the past two weeks with a 1-0, 5-1 doubleheader sweep at Capaha Field. Both games were seven innings.

Plaza Tire improved to 9-5 while the Riverdogs fell to 0-11 -- but the Capahas certainly had a much tougher time than in the previous three meetings, when they outscored the Riverdogs by a combined 33-1.

"These were two good games, especially the first game," Capahas manager Jess Bolen said.

Riverdogs co-manager Robin Minner was encouraged by his team's play.

"I thought we played well. I'm a little disappointed we can't get a win, but if we keep playing like that we'll win some games," Minner said.

The Capahas wound up outhitting the Riverdogs by just one -- 12 to 11 -- and the Riverdogs made no errors to one miscue by the Capahas.

"We just couldn't get the big hits," Minner said. "But our pitching was solid and our defense was solid."

But the Capahas' pitching -- which is the strength of the squad -- stole the show.

Plaza Tire received a six-hit shutout from Anthony Maupin in the opener, as he blanked the Riverdogs for the second time in eight days. Maupin struck out five and walked none.

Chad Bogenpohl overcame a somewhat shaky start to hurl a five-hitter in the nightcap. Bogenpohl, who allowed just one hit over the final four innings, struck out 12 and walked two. He fanned eight over the final four frames.

"Both guys threw really well," Bolen said. "We've got a lot of good arms."

Tim Davis, who beat the Capahas last year as the Riverdogs posted their only win over Plaza Tire -- which leads the all-time series 21-1 -- nearly matched Maupin in the first game. Davis allowed five hits and one run in five innings.

The Capahas' scored the game's lone run in the third inning. Scott Hubbard led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third by Jason Chavez and came home on Robby Moore's single.

The Riverdogs had a golden opportunity to at least tie the contest in the seventh as they had runners on first and third with nobody out. But a failed squeeze attempt resulted in the runner at third being tagged out and the rally died.

"That was a tough way to end," Minner said.

Tyler Nelson also pitched well for the Riverdogs in the nightcap, as the Capahas led just 3-1 through five innings. Nelson wound up allowing five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Hubbard and Chris Gibson both had three hits on the night for the Capahas. Trevor Irwin and Luke McMahan each had three hits for the Riverdogs.

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