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FARMINGTON — D-BAT Leach hitters took a couple of innings to get going, but when they finally did, the South Troy pitching staff ran into trouble.

The Dallas-based squad put six runs on the board in the fourth inning to pull away from the Dodgers in an 11-3 five-inning, run-rule victory Saturday night at Ricketts Park.

"That will be a big thing," D-BAT right fielder Noah McGowan said of the team's hitting. "Our pitching staff is really good, so if we score runs, then we should win games."

McGowan provided a spark for the D-BAT offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs in the win.

D-BAT entered the fourth inning trailing South Troy 3-2, but nine runs in the next two innings brought the game to its early conclusion.

South Troy Dodgers’ Darian Blanks bunts the ball on Saturday in Game 4 of the Connie Mack World Series against D-BAT Leach at Ricketts Park in
South Troy Dodgers' Darian Blanks bunts the ball on Saturday in Game 4 of the Connie Mack World Series against D-BAT Leach at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)

Blake Adams led off with a double and also had a two-run single in the fourth inning as D-BAT sent 12 hitters to the plate.

The South Troy pitching staff struggled with its command during the D-BAT outburst, walking three batters and hitting two more as it took three Dodger pitchers to escape the inning.

McGowan's two-run double an inning later, along with an RBI double by Blake Wiggins, put the game in run-rule territory at 11-3.

"It's all about scoring runs," D-BAT head coach Pat Leach said. "Obviously, you've got to play defense and pitch. It's been the same for 100 years. But you've got to score runs, and swinging wood bats, if you can score — it's huge."

Reliever Austin Gehle shut down the Dodgers in the bottom of the fifth to secure the victory.

Gehle threw three shutout innings of relief to get the win for D-BAT on the mound.

"Austin Gehle has been a steady Eddie all summer," Leach said. "He's cool, calm and collected. He'll throw strikes and let the defense play behind him."

D-BAT Leach jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the first inning.

Wiggins beat out a slow roller toward second base, scoring Darien Simms from third base.

McGowan tacked on the second run for the Texas team when he scored on a 4-6-3 double play.

New York's South Troy answered with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

After a pair of walks followed by a balk, Alex Koshgarian drove in Ryan Henchey on a sacrifice fly to center field. Two batters later, Kevin Smith tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single to right field.

The Dodgers took their first lead of the game an inning later.

After a pair of singles to lead off the bottom of the third, a Henchey ground out scored Justin Yurchak from third base, giving South Troy the 3-2 edge.

D-BAT starter Jacob Patterson was chased from the game during the rally after allowing three runs in two innings. Patterson walked three and balked twice before being replaced.

South Troy starter Marcus Failing took the loss after allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers had to go through four pitchers in the loss, but South Troy head coach Kevin Rogers said his team will have plenty of arms available for today's elimination game against Detroit.

"We've got enough arms. We've just got to throw strikes," Rogers said. "Offensively, I think we played well, we've just got to step it up. I expect us to pitch much better than we did today."

D-BAT will have a day off before playing Bill Hood on Monday.

Joshua Perry is the sports editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.