Getting Back on Track
It is late on Sunday and I am just now finding some quite time to recap last week’s two make-up games. With all the rainouts over the past 3 weeks, I had lost my rhthym. After completing two make-up games, it started to feel like the HDL might be turning a corner on all the wet and cool conditions we have had over the past two months. Let’s hope so.
Now for what the make-up games showed us.
This was almost a perfect night. The afternoon was pleasant and it remained that way all the way till we left the park. Both Peterbilt and Lomax teams had 11 or 12 players. Lomax Orange was missing: Mark Jackson, Jeff Allen. Peterbilt was missing: Johnny Houghton and Chris Ollar. The game started on-time.
The boys in Orange came out swinging at anything Reds pitcher, Nick Harris, chose to throw. In the top of the first, Larry Hunsucker, back in his favorite spot at lead-off, got things going with a solid hit to the outfield. Kevin High tapper forced Larry for first out. Andrew walked. With 2 men on, Cory Morgan shot a ball into left field to get the Orange on the board. Jodie Wolfe kept the line moving with a base hit to score Andrew. Mike Morris K’d, so with 2 outs, Kurt Atkison knocked in the 4th run of the inning. Bruce Monti extended Nick’s tough inning by reaching on a misplayed ground ball. The inning ended when a hot shot by Larry Rutledge was stabbed by Jose Ortiz to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 1st, Peterbilt used 5 batters who all hit the ball but right at the Orange team defenders who made the plays. In the top of the 2nd, Nick Harris only faced 3 batters. After Jason Nilsen singled, stole 2nd but was thrown out trying to steal 3rd base. Omar Zavaleta and Larry Hunsucker both K’d for the other outs. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Paul Baioni showed why he still has some “game” when he took Waddell deep for a stand-up triple then scored on Mike Tollison’s RBI Infield out.
From here on, the game was a true “Pitcher’s Duel” as neither team could find any offense until the top of the 5th inning. With one out, Kevin High who had singled, was thrown out at the plate after Andrew Waddell had hit a shot to the outfield only to have the relay throw hit Jose Ortiz who threw a perfect strike to Peterbilt catcher, Adam Wasson, to get Kevin. After Cory Morgan walked, Jodie Wolfe smashed a single to score Waddell. The Orangemen’s 3rd run in the inning was knocked in once again by Kurt Atkison. And that was the end of the scoring for the rest of the night.
The entire 9 inning game was played in less than 2-1/2 hours. Good pitching, good defense and good umpire work by Gene Brady made this game really special. No one was disappointed about the outcome, except maybe the Red team hitters who were sit down by a very focused Andrew Waddell. Overall it felt good just to be back on the field. Also, making his 2013 debut, was team sponsor, Tony Lomax. Tony was 1 for 2 with a soid base hit off of Peterbilt reliever, Bo McMinn.
Pitching line for Andrew Waddell: 1 run, 2 hits, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts Hit leaders for Orangemen: Jodie Wolfe, Kevin High and Kurt Atkison with 2 hits apiece.
This game was thrown together on Wednesday night. After looking at the Friday weather forecast and learning more rain was predicted, the Blue and Green Manager’s were asked about possibility of pulling together enough players to have a game. The players responded and while a few players had weeknight conflicts, each team had the minimum of 9 players. This low turnout guaranteed those players who played that they would all get a fair number of plate appearances. Players missing for the Green team: Johnny Birkenstock, Jeff Combs, Otis Edwards, and Kevin Latham. Players missing for the Blue team: Tim Harris, Ryan Hogan, Cory Pratt, Aaron Sinzheimer and Brain Walsh.
The Metlife Lead-off hitter, Charles Mister, had a great night. After walking, Charles stole 2nd. Travis Hill walked to bring up Kris Klinger. Kris hit what looked like a sure out and possible double play. But Tim Wallenstrom bobbled the ground ball and got in a hurry which resulted in a poor throw to 2nd base. This mis-cue was a prelude to an ugly inning for the CDS Green team. Three of Blue team’s first 6 batters reached base by way of Green team fielding errors. The damage was 4 runs for the Metlife Blue team.
I was impressed by the way the CDS Green team bounced back in the bottom of the first by batting around and re-taking the lead, 5-4. All night long, walks, singles and errors, for both teams, were the recipe for a slow developing game.
Metlife multiple hit leaders: Charles Mister – 3 for 3; Travis Hill – 2 for 2; James Skinner – 2 for 3, Kris Klinger – 1 for 4 with 6 RBI’s.
CDS Green: Brian Nilsen – 2 for 3; Cesar Roman – 2 for 4.
NEXT HDL GAMES: SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013 ATTN: WOOD BAT GAMES!!!
GAME ONE: 9:00 AM – CDS GREEN VS LOMAX ORANGE
GAME TWO: 11:30 AM – PETERBILT RED VS METLIFE BLUE