(May 5, 2016 – Dallas, TX) Craig Molldrem was on a roll once again this past Thursday night as the Spirits snuck out a 2-0 pitcher’s dual victory at Reverchon Park in Uptown, Dallas. The Braves managed a late-swing single that tip-toed the first base line, giving Molldrem his second victory in as many tries with a 1-hit shutout.
The victory wasn’t overshadowed by the brilliant pitching of Aaron Lowe for the Braves. Lowe held the Spirits to just 5 hits, leaving 7 left on base. Lowe had 6 strikeouts of his own, but also forfeited 4 walks. Catcher, Eric McPherson led the Spirits with 2 hits, including an RBI and a run scored. Brant Finchum, David Tipton, and Jonathan Duran also contributed, each with singles. McPherson appeared to be the source of offense for the team as he drove a shot deep enough to left field to score Tipton from third in the game’s first inning.
McPherson later reached and then stole second, third, and then took home on a pickoff attempt at first that had Tipton in a brief run down. The 2 runs proved to be enough as Molldrem shined for the second straight game.
“Hats off to Lowe’s performance,” mentioned Spirits skipper Shawn Lee following the game. “The guy had good stuff tonight and it was enough to shut down our bats. We’ll need to see better offense if we’re going to compete against some of this league’s juggernauts this season. But hey, when you get a performance like that from your own pitcher? Good Lord. We are a lucky team to have him (Molldrem). 25 strikeouts in two games? Unheard of. He’s on fire right now.”
The victory puts the Spirits a game back of the NTABL Veterans League leader, Modoc. The Spirits are set to face the Orioles (2-1) next Thursday night, March 12 at Reverchon Park in Uptown, Dallas. First pitch is at 6:30PM.