Stan Switala RHP for the Massachusetts Maddogs made his first professional appearance against the Adirondak Lumberjacks

by Jeff Hawkins, The Post-Star Sports Writer

GLENS FALLS – Mistakes, missed opportunities and the Mad Dogs.  They were all to much for the Adirondack Lumberjacks, who dropped a 6-4 decision to Massachusetts (16-16) Friday night at East Field.

  In the opening of a six-game homestand, the Jacks (15-17) stranded runners in scoring position in four of the opening six innings against the East conference’s worst pitching staff.

  Sitting in the locker room after the game, Lumberjacks manager Les Lancaster shook his head.

  “We didn’t deserve to win tonight,” he said.  “The batters did not make adjustments to what their pitchers were doing.  You need to make adjustments to be successful.”

  And stay in a pennant chase.

  Now in the final stretch of the first half – the Jacks have 11 games remaining and entered Friday 2 ½ games behind Quebec – Lancaster said the club is going to have discover consistency, quickly.

  “It’s a little frustrating,” Lancaster said following the team’s third straight setback.  “We had opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them.”

  “Their pitching game through.”

  Much to the relief of Mad Dogs manager George Scott.

  Entering Friday, Scott’s staff ranked last in ERA (5.78), hits allowed (307), home runs surrendered (34) and walks (135).

  But against the Jacks, starter Cory Lima (2-0) and relievers Stan Switala and Jason Foulks didn’t allow a two-out hit with runners on base until the ninth.

  Switala, who was making his first professional appearance, retired the first six batters he faced.  Foulks earned his second save.

  “It’s good to get that kind of relief, but we need to keep it going,” Scott said.

  Facing the conference’s most potent offensive attack, Lumberjacks starter Derek Santiago (3-1), getting stronger in the middle innings limited the Mad Dogs to three runs on seven hits through seven.

  Lancaster couldn’t have expected much more.

  “He kept us in the game,” he said.

  The Dogs didn’t take control until their three-run eighth, highlighted by a solo home run by Tony Mitchell, the league’s leading hitter, off reliever Wes Holland.

  “We missed a lot of chances,” said Bryan Britt, who batted with a runner on second in each of his first three trips to the plate.  He went 1-for-2 with a run-scoring single and a walk.  “We have got to make the adjustments at the plate.”

  The Mad Dogs started hitting Santiago in the first, but didn’t score until the third on Anton French’s run-scoring single and Hector Roa’s RBI groundout.  The rush continued in the fourth on Roy Marsh’s two-out, RBI single to left-center, which he stretched into a double on the deliberate relay.

  “Every loss is tough to take,” Britt said.  “But we’re not worried.  All we have to do is come back and play strong.”

  And limit the missed opportunities.

Bookmark and Share