Seven’s were Wild!

Today’s Baseball Thought:  “Baseball gives you every chance to be great. Then it puts every pressure on you to prove you haven’t got what it takes” – Joe Garagiola

Today’s Baseball Thought that was posted on the Home page seemed fitting to today’s up and down game at Tobey Park between the Green Team (Xtreme Transport) and Red Team (Peterbilt).  Let’s start with the Linescore:

Red team couldn’t hold the lead.

The Peterbilt Red team came out at the start of the game the same as they always do. They were ready to play and compete with the 2nd place Xtreme Green team.  Facing one of the HDL’s most effective stating pitchers, PW Burnett, the Red team had no players with a strikeout against PW until the last out of the 3rd inning when they managed to get their 1st run of the game when Tony Lomax led off with a triple and scored on Jerry Marchant’s Sac Fly.

In the bottom half of the 4th inning when PW Burnett left the game to report to his “day job”, the game was tied 3-3.  In the top of the 5th, the Green team pushed across a run to re-take the lead 4-3.  Otis Edwards scored the go-ahead run with the help of an Aaron Sinzheimer line-drive base hit. 

But in the bottom of the 5th, the Red team seemed to have no problem picking up the baseball from Green team relief pitcher, Jodie Wolfe. Jodie’s team gave up 7 runs to the Peterbilt Red team as they batted around when the Green team defense lost their concentration and committed 3 of their 4 errors in this pivitol inning.  Solid singles by Sexton, Lomax, Mister, Nick Harris and DJ Clark helped propel the Red team back into the lead 10-4.

 Based on recent linescores od HDL games, anytime one team can score 7 runs in a single inning usually means the game is “almost” over.  But a 6 run lead in the HDL is never  enough runs.  Give the Green team credit, they didn’t panic and they didn’t quit. With sufficient time still left on the game clock, the Green team kept attacking the baseball and running the bases. But, it didn;t hurt that Jodie Wolfe made a quick exit from the mound and plugged in Kevin High to finish the game.  Kevin came in and battled the Red team hitters with every pitch.

The Red Team starting pitcher, Nick Harris was doing his best to hold on to his team’s 10-6 lead going into the top of the 7th inning.  In no earlier innings had the Green team scored more than 2 runs so it was obvious Nick Harris felt this game was under control. But in the 7th Inning, the Green team led off with a Larry Hunsucker walk, Jerry Tatum walked.  With one out, Benji Autry singled off the glove of  Tim Harris who almost held on to the ball. This is where the Red team started “strategizing” with intentional walks to Kevin High to pitch to Red Team “loaner” (to Green), Jerry Merchant, Merchant dropped in a base-hit that Tim Harris again had difficulty hanging on to and the rally was “on”. With Otis Edwards comming to the plate, another intentional walk was tried to set up a force out.  But Jodie Wolfe singled and the Red team strategy backfired again.  With the game tied, the key hit was a solid single from Jerry Tatum that gave the Green Team a 3 run lead. Maybe this hit will get Jerry’s bat going with some tough HDL games ahead.

After this humiliating inning, Red Team pitcher, Nick Harris took his frustration out on the dugout trash can.  I wish I had had a camera to record this exercise in brutality to an inanimate object because it could have been hillarious. The poor trash can will have to be replaced.

Putting that outburst asside, the Red Team did not quit. Patrick Belote singled and scored on Nick Harris’s single but on the play, Charles Mister was nailed at the plate on a throw from Jodie Wolfe to the plate to get Mister by a country yard.  Chris Ollar flew out to left field and the game was ovr after 7 innings as time limit was already exceeded.

It was a warm morning at Tobey with temperatures forecast to climb into the high 90’s for the next several days.  This is likely to be the norm over the next 3-4 weeks, everyone needs to get used to these type playing conditions.  The good news is we do not have any Double-Header’s scheduled until Sunday, July 8th.

This was a really good game that came down to a chess-game between Team Managers.  Some plans worked and some failed to meet expectations.  Again, there was only a slight difference between the winner and the loser.  No player or team should feel dissapointed with the results of this tough, grind-it-out game.

Congratulations to both teams for the way they competed and played.

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