Batavia Drops Season Opener 5-1

The New York-Penn League opened Tuesday night with the Batavia Muck Dogs hosting Mahoning Valley in the season opener. Mahoning Valley pitching held Batavia to just three hits in beating the Muck Dogs 5-1 at Dwyer Stadium.

Darin Naatjes, the Phillies 14th round pick in the 2002 Draft, drew the opening night start for the Batavia Muck Dogs. Naatjes threw four innings, allowing three earned runs and suffered the loss as Mahoning Valley beat Batavia 5-1.

Two Mahoning Valley pitchers held Batavia to just three hits in the game. Mark Tugwell went 1-4 with a double, for Batavia's only extra base hit.

Daniel Hodges, the Phillies 26th round pick in this year's draft, threw two shutout innings of relief and struck out three hitters. Hodges, out of Florida State, was the only Muck Dogs hitter to not get touched for any runs in the game. Batavia pitchers allowed nine hits - all singles - and walked just two hitters, while striking out nine.

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