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Sunday, April 29, 2012 Game Summaries:
Today the HDL was finally able to play our preferred schedule with all four teams in action at Tobey Park. The weather was outstanding. Comfortable temperatures with scattered clouds and a frequent breeze made for perfect conditions to play baseball.
Game 1 – Xtreme Green 12 – Peterbilt Trucks of Memphis 11
Visiting team, Xtreme Green, once again had to patch a line-up together missing 3 valuable players, PW Burnett, Kevin High and Brady Benjamin. With 11 players to work with, thanks to addition of Otis Edwards, Larry Hunsucker called on veteran Jodie Wolfe to toe the rubber and try to hold the Peterbilt team for 7 innings. Jodie was helped by his teammates quickly scoring 3 runs in 1st inning when Larry Hunsucker, Benji Autry and Cory Pratt all scored off Peterbilt starter, David Sexton.
In the bottom of the 1st, Peterbilt came right back and plated 2 runs with the help of 2 errors by the Green team infield.
Going into the 5th inning, the score was tied 5-5 and appeared to be a game that would go down to the wire. Both starting pitchers, Jodie Wolfe and Dave Sexton were relying on their defense to make outs and keep the score close. But in the top of the 5th, the Green team was sparked by a Cory Pratt gap-shot to right center that bounced off the fence for a stand-up triple. Jodie Wolfe did a good job driving a fly ball into center field that allowed Cory to trot home. Then Jason Nilsen had a single, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on Jerry Tatum base hit.
In the top of 6th, Aaron Sinzheimer and Benji Autry got hits and the Peterbilt team called on Mike Tollison to come in to relieve Sexton. In the bottom of the 6th, the Red team rallied for 3 runs when DJ Clark walked, Mike Tollison got his 3rd hit of the game and Rookie, Patrick Belote, blasted a triple and scored on a wild throw by Xtreme right fielder. All of a sudden, the score was 9-8. But in top of 7th, Green team scored 3 runs to go up 12-8. You would think the game was out of reach but the Red Team came right back in bottom of 7th to score 3 runs and had the tieing run on 1st base when the rally died when Ryan Hogan fly ball was caught by Green Team left fielder, Zack Legg. Final score: 12-11
Game 2: Nationwide 8 – Homer Skelton/Metlife 5
The 2nd game of the day started at 11:34 AM and ended up being one of the lowest scoring games of the early season. Homer Skelton/Metlife came out ready to play scoring 3 runs in 1st inning off Nationwide starter, Andrew Waddell. James Skinner and Kevin Latham each stroked RBI hits to stake the White team to an early lead. In the bottom of the 1st, Nationwide attacked the White team scoring 3 runs of their own with base hits by, Brian Nilsen, John McPhail and Andrew Waddell. Good pitching and clutch defense helped keep this game tight until the bottom of the 6th.
Leading 5-4, James Skinner was trying his best to create pitches for his defense to make plays. But when Bo McMinn sent a hard ground ball in the hole to the right of White team shortstop, Travis Hill, it looked like the ball was headed to left field but Travis Hill made a tremendous back-hand grab and quickly sent a hurried throw to 1st base to try to get Bo. However, 1st Baseman Larry Rutledge could not come down with the high throw as the ball bounced out of his glove and Bo was safe. After a pop-up out by John McPhail, Andrew Waddell sent a soft liner over White Team 2nd baseman, John Murray, that fell in for a hit. Kevin Latham got the ball in quickly to Travis Hill who was surprised to find Bo McMinn off the bag at 2nd. When Travis reacted to tag Bo, Bo McMinn made a nifty slide to elude the tag. This set up runners at 1st/2nd. The next batter, Dave Pearce, chopped a two hopper to 3rd baseman Cory Morgan who was in position to start an inning ending double play. In typical HDL fashion, the throw was off-line and sailed into right field and start the merry-go-round. Jeff Combs then nailed the win with a 1st pitch double into right center that plated 2 RBI’s.
In the top of the 7th, the Homer Skelton Ford/Metlife White team went down 1-2-3 and the game was over. Final score 8-5.