ROXBURY — After allowing Snowden High to load the bases while holding a 10-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning yesterday afternoon, Dorchester High baseball coach Rusty Young could only playfully chide his ace pitcher, Luis Atiles, as the team bus idled on Washington Street eager to depart Jim Rice Field.
“Luis, do you know the definition of efficient?” Young shouted to Atiles, who ultimately won the contest 10-3 with nine strikeouts. “Efficient means you get the job done with as little work as possible.”
After taking a 2-1 lead in the opening inning, Dorchester (3-2) blew up the game by batting around in the third inning, during which they added six more runs on four hits. Dorchester lost focus in the late innings and allowed Snowden to score two more runs in the sixth inning.
“We’re still in the process of getting all our players on the field,” Young said. “It’s nice to win any game but it’s nicer to play a clean game. In the only two loses we have has been a result of breakdowns in the field.
“We hit the ball [in the third inning] and took advantage of some walks in the lower end of the order. Our bats are starting to come around. That’s the key.”
Two weeks ago Dorchester had a 2-1 lead on Snowden before losing 10-5.
“I just wanted revenge,” Atiles said. “After they beat us they were bragging about it.”
But while Dorchester was missing some players last time against Snowden (2-3), Snowden was missing some players yesterday. They also had three or four freshman on the field, including starting pitcher Victor Velazquez, who collected four strikeouts and a ton of walks before being taken out during the third-inning barrage.
“We have three or four freshman who will be good players some day,” Snowden Coach Dan Green said. “Everything is new to them. Hopefully we’ll play better toward the end of the season. Right now we’re trying to figure out who to play.”
While Dorchester plays Boston International at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Fallon Field, Snowden plays Burke at 3:30 p.m. today at Ronan Park.
“We beat them 8-0 last time out,” Green said slyly when asked if he thought they could beat Burke. “Every game for a while is an adventure here.”