Sunday was Perfect – but not a Perfect Game!
HDL Game Recap:
After week one where all 4 teams played, week two was influenced by the weather. Friday night’s game between Red and White was washed out after 2 innings. This game will be replayed on Friday, June 15th.
Sunday was clear and brisk when Xtreme Green team faced the Nationwide Blue team. To the surprise of Green team manager, Larry Hunsucker, Josh Avenshine, Zack Legg, Brady Benjamin, PW Burnett and Cory Pratt were “no-shows”. This put the Green Team at a big disadvantage. Luckily the Nationwide Blue team had extra players and was able to loan the Green team Tim Wallenstrom and Paul Baioni. Here was the result:
Nationwide Blues 14 – Xtreme Transportation 8
After 2-1/2 scoreless innings, the Nationwide Blue Team sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Kevin High did not have his best stuff but it didn’t help that his defense mis-played some opportunities to get out of the inning. Andrew Waddell, Jeff Combs, and Glenn Coombs had 3 hits each for Blue team with Jeff Allen, Brian Nilsen, Dave Pearce, and Mike Morris had 2 hits apiece. In all, the Nationwide Blue team had a total of 19 hits. Combine that with 9 errors by the Green team, and you can figure out it was going to be struggle for the Green Meanies to get a victory. But as we have seen before and will see many times again, players in the HDL can make contact and force the opposition to play defense. And that is what Xtreme Green did. They came back in the 5th inning aginst Blue relief pitcher, Glenn Coombs to score 6 runs, mostly by being hit instead of getting hits. Glenn Coombs had many hitters “in the hole” only to throw wild and put runners on-base and extend the inning. Finally, Manager Bo McMinn had to take over on the mound to try to keep the Green team from getting back in the game.
Meanwhile, Jodie Wolfe, who took over for Kevin High, did a good job but some crazy batted balls created some “seeing Eye hits” that allowed the Blue team to add to their early lead. Speaking of “seeing eye” hits, Kevin High was in position to turn a double play on a ground ball that at the last second took a “bad hop” and bounced off Kevin’s right eye. While Kevin lay on the ground, the glancing ball rolled to Paul Baioni at 2nd for 1 out and Paul quickly ran down Dave Pearce for out number 2. Kevin High had to sit out a few minutes to put ice on his “shiner”.
All four teams are in action next Sunday at Tobey.
Sunday, April 29th, 9:00 AM – Peterbilt Red Team (0-1) vs Xtreme Green Team (1-1)
11:30 AM – Nationwide Blue (2-0) vs Homer Skelton Ford/Metlife White Team (0-1)