Just like last week – With a twist

Another Rain Bullet dodged!

HDL 2012 Baseball Season has only had one rainout and today was not going to be number 2.  With an early start time already scheduled because ot the recent high temperatures, it looked like we would need the early start to avoid anticipated thunderstorms. But once again, the rain clouds moving into the Memphis area dissipated before ever reaching mid-town area at Tobey Park. Many players who live in suburb regions were steadily sending text messages and emails wanting to know if the second game (Blue vs Red) was going to be played. Each message was answered – Game is On!

Sunday Game One Recap: 

Xtreme Transportation 7 – Homer Skelton Ford/Metlife 5

Same score as last week – different winner

Xtreme Green Team was home team this week and started their young-gun pitcher, PW Burnett, to get revenge from last week’s loss to the White team.  PW Burnett came out throwing smoke but the Homer Skelton Ford/Metlif White team countered with their top hitters in the line-up today.  After the lead-off hitter, Travis Hill, lined out to Larry Hunsucker and Catcher Jame Moroschak struck-out, Cory Morgan and James Skinner each singled. But the rally was snuffed when Chris Slayton’s high hopper was fielded by PW Burnett to get the 3rd out. 

In the bottom of the 1st inning, James Skinner was ready to do battle.  After Kevin High doubled into the gap with 2 outs, Skinner got Jodie Wolfe to pop-up to end the inning.

The pitcher’s duel was at it’s best in the 2nd & 3rd innings.  The White Team had runners in scoring position in both innings but PW Burnett was in command of the strike zone and used the liberal calls by Plate Umpire Sam Williams to keep the White Team from driving in any base runners. Meanwhile, The Green team played “blooper ball” dropping in a couple of hits to right field.  Jerry Tatum knocked in the Green Team’s 1st run in the 2nd inning.  In the 3rd inning Kevin High had an RBI base hit and PW Burnett hit a Sac Fly to allow Cory Pratt to score from 3rd.

The White team finally scored 2 runs in the 4th inning when James Skinner and Chris Slayton both singled to bring Kevin Latham to the plate.  Latham tagged a PW fastball up against the left field fence for a 2 run double and get the White team back in the game 2-3.

The Extreme Green team entered the bottom of the 5th inning leading 3-2. Cory Pratt walked but back-to-back infield fielder’ choice ground outs brought Otis Edwards to the plate with Jodie Wolfe on 1st base. After Otis got ahead in the count when Schak called some pitch-outs to try to keep Jodie from stealing 2nd, Otis set on an inside fastball that was drilled down the line to the fence and allow Jodie to score from 1st. A walk to PW Burnett and an RBI single by Benji Autry along with a throwing error, a total of four runs scored and made the score 7-2.

In the top of the 6th, Homer Skelton/Metlife answered with a basehit by Schak, walk by Cory Morgan, pop-up by Skinner and an RBI ground-out by Chris Slayton.  With 2 outs, Kevin Latham was at-bat with Morgan on 2nd.  Kevin Latham then hit a fastball that was up in the zone over the right field fence for a 2-Run dinger, Kevin’s first this year. This ended the scoring as The final score was 7-5 in favor of  Xtreme Transport.

White Team Leaders: Kevin Latham had 2 hits/4 RBI’s including his 1st Homerun of the season.  James Skinner had 2 hits. Travis Hill had 2 hits.

Green leading hitters:  Kevin High (2 for 3); Benji Autry (2 for 3); PW Burnett (1 for 1) w/ 2 runs scored.

Pitching Numbers: PW Burnett – 7 K’s / 3 Walks/ 8 hits.  James Skinner – 3 K’s/2Walks/ 10 hits

Sunday Game Two Recap:  Nationwide 12 – Peterbilt 4

Comfortable conditions at the start of the game was much different than last Sunday when temperature was near 100 degrees.

After one inning this game was tied 1-1.  Nationwide got their 1st run when Bo McMinn’s line-drive to centerfield took a crazy hop and allowed Bo to reach 3rd and Jeff Allen to score.  The Peterbilt team early run was scored by Patrick Belote after he tripled and scored on a passed ball.

The Nationwide team had their bats going and scored 2 runs in 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd innings. Through 3 innings, the Blue team had 7 hits and 6 runs. Key hits by Mike Morris were a major contributor to the Blue team’s success.

Bo McMinn was starting pitcher for Nationwide and had not pitched in a month. Bo was sharper than he has been all season. giving up 4 hits in 5 innings. Two of the four hits were to Red Team lead-off hitter, Patrick Belote who is quickly becoming a dangerous hitter in the HDL.  Things did not get much better for the Red Team when Andrew Waddell relieved Bo.

The Blue team  continued to rough-up Red Team starter, Nick Harris.  When the score was 9-1, the Red Team inserted rookie, Patrick Belote, to see what he could do to help the Red Team pitching staff.  Patrick did OK and will fair much better the next time he takes the mound.

The Red Team decided to swing the bat the last inning, trailing 12-1, they managed to score 3 runs in bottom of the 7th to make the final score 12-4.  Tim Harris and Jerry Merchant each had RBI hits to help salvage some late runs.

Red Team Hitting Leaders:  Patrick Belote was 2 for 3, Triple; Five Red Players had one hit (N. Harris, DJ Clark, T. Harris, J. Merchant and Chas Mister

Blue Team Hit Leaders:  Five players with 2 hits – B. McMinn, A. Waddell, M. Morris, J. Combs and Dave Pearce. Mike Morris had 4 RBI’s

Pitching Numbers:  Bo McMinn – 6 K’s / 1 HBP/1 Run – 4 hits; Andrew Waddell – 3 K, 0 BB’s, 3 runs / 4 hits. Nick Harris – 4 K/ 2 Walks /9 runs/11 hits; Patrick Belote – 1 K/2 BB’s/ 3 runs/4 hits

Please make a comment if there is a key play or player who deserves recognition.

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