Orioles claim top stop in Dixie Boys

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 8, 2010

After losing last Friday night, Gary Fox challenged his team to finish out the regular season strong.

And that is exactly what the Orioles did to close out their Dixie Boys season.

With back-to-back wins on Monday and Tuesday night against the Cardinals and the Phillies, the Orioles finished with an overall record of 8-2, which is the best in the league.

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“We told the players how proud of them we were (after the win on Tuesday night),” Fox said.

“We really looked our worst against the Marlins (last Friday night), and the kids responded really well to the adversity they faced.”

In Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, the Orioles got a strong performance from pitcher Chase Hall that made the difference, according to the coach.

Hall tossed six-innings, while striking out nine and giving up just two hits in a 5-2 victory.

“(Phillies’ pitcher Luke Hastings) pitched a great game against us,” Fox said. “And Cole was able to keep us in the game the entire time.”

Orioles were able to get board in the fourth inning, thanks to a solo home run from Chase Smartt.

That run would ignite the team to score four more runs in the victory.

Hasting struck out seven in six innings and retired the first eight Orioles batters he saw.

Smartt finished 2-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs.

“This really was a great season,” the head coach said.

“We had a great group of kids but what made it even better was the great group of parents that we had.”