The defending champions of Division D didn’t panic when they trailed early in their playoff opener.

The Bomb Busters scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and beat the Ice Cold Pitchers, 17-7 on July 30 at NASA softball field 1. The game ended on the 10-run rule when they scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Second baseman Mike Dixon went 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs batted in and three runs scored. He hit a two-run double and scored in the fourth. The Bomb Busters trailed 7-1 after two innings and 7-4 after three.

“Just stayed focused, played together,” Dixon, who played baseball at Georgia College and State University from 1996-2000, said. “Fell behind, didn’t lose composure.”

The Bomb Busters (12-0-1), the top-seeded team, won this second-round game in the Division D tournament after getting a bye in round one. They sent the fifth-seeded Ice Cold Pitchers (3-11) to the losers’ bracket.

Troy Sutherland and Barry Childress added three hits apiece. Chris Casperson, Scott Patterson, Adrian Perez and Teferi Taylor had two hits apiece. Michael Melton was the winning pitcher. Unfortunately, shortstop/coach Jordan Jones went out with a left knee injury in the sixth while trying to make a play on defense.

The Bomb Busters turned a 6-4-3 double play in the third and a 5-3 double play in the fourth.

Matthew Moraguez and Scott Whaley had two hits apiece for the Ice Cold Pitchers. Crystal Santiago took the loss.

“Bomb Busters is the defending champ and the number one team and they played like it,” Ice Cold Pitchers player/coach Austin Decker said. “But I’m proud of the effort we put in today. We actually had the lead. And I’m proud of my folks.”

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