2 Wins are better than 1
Today’s game was the 25th game played this year in the HDL. It featured a single game between the Peterbilt Red Team and the Homer Skelton Ford/Metlife White team. With partly cloudy skies, there were times that it was very comfortable when the hot sun was not bearing down. Tobey Park Baseball Field was as good as it has been all year due to lots of help on Saturday when Bo McMinn, Nick Harris, and Larry Hunsucker pitched in to help cut the outfield grass that had not been cut by Memphis Park Maintenance. Larry Rutledge edged and trimmed the infield grass edges and really had it looking sharp.
The game started a little late due to plate unpire getting a late start getting dressed. The game finnally kicked off around 9:15 AM. With this late start, we agreed no new inning would start after 12:00 noon.
Visiting team, Homer Skelton/Metlife threatened in the top of the 1st but failed to score after Kevin Latham popped up to Red team catcher, Ryan Hogan who just came off the DL and showed how important he is to the Red team as his running catch of the over-the-shoulder pop-up was a welcome relief to the Red team. Jocko grounded out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Red Team offense, that has been struggling lately to score runs, came through with 3 runs as Tim Harris, DJ Clark, Patrick Belote, and Cesar Roman all had base hits to demonstrate they meant business today.
In the top of the 2nd, the White Team countered with 3 runs of their own as Shaq led off with a stand-up double. White Team’s new member, Drew Russell, made his HDL debut dropping a Mike Tollison curve ball over the out-stretched glove of DJ Clark to score Shaq. With 2 outs, and runners on 2nd/3rd, Chris Slayton singled to right to knock in Drew and Travis.
Peterbilt came back to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd with the help af a couple of wild pitches. Charles Mister started the inning off by reaching 1st base when Travis Hill’s play on Mister’s gound ball went to the 1st base fence. Tim Harris kept the inning alive when he got his 2nd hit in a row, then he stole 2nd and third to get in scoring position.
With the score 5-4 in favor of Peterbilt, the Homer Skelton/ Metlife team answered by plating 3 runs in the top of the 4th inning and re-gain the lead, 7-5. But little did they know that would be all they would score for the remainder of the game. With the White team still batting in the 4th inning, Mike Tollison turned over the pitching duties to Ceasar Roman to get the last out of the inning and force the White team to leave 2 base runners on base.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Peterbilt team repeated their 1st inning results by scoring 3 runs as Tim Harris got the inning started with his 3rd hit of the game. This is when DJ Clark blasted a Kevin Latham fastball into the right field gap that barely missed a homerun and DJ ended up on 2nd base with an easy RBI. Patrick Belote followed with a bloop hit and then Chris Ollar contributed with his biggest hit of the game when he knocked in Belote.
By this time, Cesar Roman was pitching very effectively and making the White team hitters scratch for hits. This continued into the 7th inning and in the 7th inning with time running out Cesar struck out the sides to end the game.
All in all it was a well played game. Many will say the game lacked each teams best as the White Team was missing, Cory Morgan, Rick Haygood and John Murray. But equally a factor was the Red Team was missing Nick Harris and Robert Miller.
These same two teams have a Wood Bat rematch next weekend. The game is scheduled for Friday night but stay tuned for possible game date change.