Chris Brewer's pitching, Ryan Dollop's defense lead Bayport-Blue Point baseball
It was a tight game early thanks to some timely BBP hitting and great defense by rightfielder Ryan Dollop.
With two outs, a man on second and BBP leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first, SWR's Tyler Osik ripped a ball through the hole into rightfield. But Dollop came up with the hard-hit shot and fired to first base, throwing out Osik and negating the run.
After SWR (4-1) broke through for two runs in the bottom of the second, Evan Kearney tagged up and attempted to score on a fly ball to Dollop, but a laser-like throw to the plate ended the inning.
"He's got a good arm and he really throws downhill," BBP coach Jim Moccio said. "Every ball he throws is in play for our fielders. Our outfielders are pretty good at throwing downhill and giving us a chance."
Chris Brewer -- who allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings and drove in three runs -- settled down after the second, and the BBP bats came alive in the fifth.
"I was doing a good job getting ahead and throwing strikes with my slider and finishing them off with fastballs," Brewer said. "We started a little sluggish but we ended up playing better in the end."
The Phantoms (5-0) pushed across four runs in the top of the fifth, keyed by a booming RBI double by Jack Piekos (2-for-3, walk) and an RBI single by Brewer.
"Everybody just started to contribute and everybody put good swings on the ball," Piekos said of the fifth inning. "Everybody used their head and they played more for the team than for themselves."
Piekos added, "The win is absolutely huge and it's a big momentum-builder for us. We lost in counties last year to them and that really hyped up the rivalry. Getting a win early in the season, especially at their place, is a great thing for the team."