ONLY IN MEMPHIS – AND THE HDL!
HDL Players were happy to see some decent baseball weather for a change. Getting the first games organized and started is always chaotic with new managers, new players, new teammates, new uniforms, etc, etc. But with a little team work and cooperation from everyone, it all came together. So, we are off and running with the 2013 HDL Baseball season. For returning players and members who have followed this blog, you know what is written here is mainly for those who participated in the games today and you will realize this Blog never has all the details. That is why we encourage readers to use the “Comments” block on this page to add your personal insights or views of what I am trying to interpret. Sometimes I stay on the story and sometimes I drift away on tangents. Just hang with me and maybe I will make you smile, make you proud and write something that will endear the long history of the Hernando Desoto men’s baseball league.
GAME 1: Peterbilt Red 8 – Metlife Blue team 6
Home team Peterbilt started Nick Harris on the mound. Nick was effective with his hard throwing as he challenged hitters for the first 4 innings. After 4 innings, Nick had allowed 5 runs giving up only 3 hits while striking out 5 batters and walking 5.
James Skinner toed the rubber for the Metlife Blue team. James went five innings allowing 2 in the 1st, 2 in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 5th innings. Two Red Team hitters, Bo McMinn and Nick Harris, were rough on James as they both went deep (yard) and accounted for 5 of the 7 runs Skinner allowed. Both of these long shots were hit well but with the wind blowing from the south, lots of fly balls were sailing deep to the outfield the entire day. Kris Klinger (Rookie) finished the 6th inning for the Metlife team.
Other Peterbilt players with hits were Jose Ortiz (2), Adam Wasson (Rookie) (2), Cleve McClendon (Rookie) (1), John DiGiacomo (1), Drew Russell (1)
Offensive stars for the Metlife Blue team were Charles Mister (2 for 3), Travis Hill (1 for 3), Ryan Hogan (1 for 3), DJ Clark (1 for 3), Tim Harris (1 for 3) and David Sexton (1 for 2)
GAME 2: LOMAX Insulation 11 – C.D.S. Green 10
Lomax Insulation “Orange” team batted first and had to face CDS Green team starting pitcher, Kevin Latham. Kevin went 3 innings and shutout the potent Orange team lineup for 3 innings. Kevin gave up one hit, struck out 4 and walked 2 with 1 hit batter. The Lomax Orange shirted team had their “ace”, Andrew Waddell on the mound. Andrew was just as stingy as Kevin at allowing base runners or runs. The Green team and last year’s HDL Batting champion, Brian Nilsen displayed his offensive skills by slapping a ground ball toward Orange Shortstop, Kevin High, that forced Kevin to rush his throw that first baseman, Larry Hunsucker couldn’t scoop and allowed Brian to reach 2nd base. Brian would score in the bottom of the 1st inning off of PW Burnett’s line drive to center.
The CDS Green team manager, PW Burnett, was trying to give his multiple pitchers some time on the mound to get some work since the pre-season workouts were curtailed by wet conditions the past few weeks. In the long run, this development strategy will pay dividends and help PW know the strengths and weaknesses of his staff and roster.
The Lomax Orange team took the lead in the 4th inning when Kevin High walked and Andrew Waddell followed with a Home Run over the right field fence to make the score 2-1. New Green team pitcher, Cesar Roman was just missing with a few pitches and this allowed the Orange team to extend the inning and tack-on another run to make the score 3-1. In the bottom of the 5th inning, with Kevin Nilsen leading off with a 2-bagger, PW Burnett got his 2nd hit that should have scored Kevin Nilsen, however, Kevin’s feet failed him when he tripped going from 3rd to home and was tagged out trying to crawl back to 3rd. PW scored to make the score 4-2. At this point it was anybody’s game to win.
In the top of the 6th, Glenn Coombs came in to pitch and had control problems that led to 4 walks and 4 hits for the Orange team to push the score to 11-2. At this point the Orange team is thinking, game over, we got this. Ha! Not if the Green boys had anything to say about it. Facing Orange team reliever, Kevin High, the Green team sent 11 batters to the plate as Kevin High had control problems of his own, hitting a batter, a walk, a strikeout, an infield hit, another walk, a base hit, a walk, base hit (P.W.’s 3rd hit of game), another walk, a line drive hit by Otis Edwards that drove in 2 runs and make the score 11-10. This is when Kevin turned the pitching duties back over to Andrew Waddell who quickly threw one pitch to start a 1-6-3 DP to end the game.