Evan Tardugno pitched well in defeat as he allowed four runs (three earned) on ten hits in his six innings pitched. Evan Tardugno, also struck out six, walked three and hit a batter.
The dagger came in the sixth when with two runners on, Dakota lined a ball into left field. The ball took a South Boston bounce, up and over the head of Malden left fielder Anthony Perry. That allowed Jon Viola and Pat McClay to score and give the Saints the lead.
Malden would not go down with out a fight. With one out, Perry drew a four pitch walk and proceeded to swipe second on a ball in the dirt. After a Brad Tardugno pop out to third, Tom Englehardt hit a ball up the middle toward center. The South Boston secondbaseman, Brendan Klaes, stopped the ball and threw low to first. The firstbaseman, Rob Stephenson couldn't pick it and Perry tried for home.
The throw from Stephenson was a little wide and it looked as if Perry had tied the game. The home plate umpire saw differently and called Perry out to end the game.
"I was definitely safe." said Perry after the loss. "As I was rounding third I knew that I had to score to tie the game. I saw an opening in between (South Boston Catcher Rob) Linn's legs and tagged the plate before he tagged me. In my opinion, the umpire was in the wrong position. I'm sure if you ask them (South Boston), they know they got away with one tonight."With the loss, Malden falls to 23-7 on the season and more importantly one point behind West Roxbury for home field advantage in the playoffs. Brad Tardugno added to his YBL leading RBI total as he went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. He now has 36 on the season.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday night (8/5) as Jason Paul will take hill against Ted Williams Division rival, Medford Maddogs. First pitch is scheduled for 8 pm at Maplewood Park in Malden, MA.