It was amazing to watch the wide array of HDL hitters have success swinging wood bats for the first time this season. With rain-outs and make-up games the last few weeks, originally scheduled wood bat games had been postponed until today. Today was a great day for baseball. dry and warm with a mild breeze made today wonderful. Overall, today’s games produced 26 runs on 42 hits. The outcome of the games came down to pitching, defense and base running.
Game one – CDS (Green) vs Lomax Insulation (Orange)
The CDS Green team sent 8 batters to the plate in the top of the 1st. Brian and Kevin Nilsen put the pressure on Orange team pitcher, Jodie Wolfe, by getting on base. PW Burnett got the first RBI of the inning with a solid single. When Otis Edwards’ bouncer eluded the glove of Kevin High (SS), it looked like the Green team was going to post a big number but Jodie was able to work strike-outs from Kevin Latham and Glen Coombs.
In the bottom of the first, the Lomax Orangemen was just as efficient by tying the game when Cory Morgan and Kevin High scored. (If you remember how they scored, post a comment on this page (below)). The inning ended when Larry Hunsucker’s Sac Fly turned into a double play as Andrew Waddell was tagged out at third base on the cutoff throw relay from the outfield.
Both team’s pitcher settled down in the 2nd inning and did not allow a run. But leading off the 3rd inning, Kevin Nilsen demonstrated his quick hands and sweet swing were liking the wood bat thing as he hit a solid shot to the outfield. Cesar Roman followed with a base-on-balls Then 3 straight hits netted 4 runs before an out was recorded. The 5th run of the inning was delivered by Allan Foster who blasted a double into the left center gap to score Glenn Coombs. By far, Allan Foster was an offensive threat for the Green team that Jodie Wolfe did not anticipate. Allan went on to have his best day of his young HDL season going 2 for 4.
In the top of the 7th inning, Kevin High came in to relieve Jodie and get some much needed mound time. Kevin had early control problems that led to base-on-balls to Otis and Kevin Latham. After hits by Jerry Tatum and Glen Coombs, the bases were loaded. Kevin High made a great pitch to get Allan Foster to bounce a 2 hopper to Orange third baseman, Cory Morgan. But Cory’s throw was wild and 2 runs scored. The best thing that happened for the Orange was Kevin High striking out Kevin Nilsen and Cesar Roman to end the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, the Lomax team got hits from Tony Lomax and Mike Morris but lack of timely hits and effective pitching by Kevin Latham ended the game.
Green team Wood swingers: Kevin Nilsen (3 for 5); PW Burnett (2 for 4); Allan Foster (2 for 4); Kevin Latham (2 for 3); Jerry Tatum (2 for 3); Glen Coombs (2 for 4)
Game two – Peterbilt (Red) vs Metlife (Blue)
This game was very similar to the earlier game. Peterbilt Red had the better day, offensively. But pitching dominance by Bo McMinn, who had one of his best days on the mound in many games was the real storyline of this game. Bo is always a tough hurler because of his experience and ability to battle hitters with well located spots on his variety of pitches. When his “change-up” is working like it was today, it doesn’t matter what type of bat a hitter has in their hands, Bo has the advantage.
For the first inning, this game looked like Blue starter, David Sexton, was going to make it difficult for Red team to get any runs as David was supported by a fired up defense. In this inning, Jose Ortiz was “out” at the plate after Bo’s fly ball was relayed 9-4-2 with Cory Pratt firing a strike to Travis who tagged Jose out as he slid into home. Then on the next pitch, Travis Hill fired a strike to 3rd base to nail Nick Harris’s attempt to steal 3rd.
In the bottom of the first, Metlife Blue team had the bases full after Ryan Hogan had knocked in Travis Hill for an early lead. But good defense by Peterbilt squahed the threat. After this inning, the Metlife Blue team was under control of Bo McMinn and his change-up. Meanwhile, the Peterbilt team was very patient with David Sexton’s crafty sliders and off-speed pitches. And before you knew it, the Red team was up 7-1 by the 4th inning. Peterbilt scored 2 more runs in the 6th and a final run in the 7th to make the final score 11-1.
Peterbilt Wood swingers: Nick Harris (3/4); Bo McMinn (2/4); Chris Ollar (2/3); Adam Wasser (2/3); John McPhail (3/4); Paul Baioni (2/4) For the Metlife Blue, Ryan Hogan was 2/2.
SCHEDULE – NEXT WEEKEND:
NO GAMES NEXT SUNDAY – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
RAINOUT MAKE-UP GAME FRIDAY NIGHT, 7:00 PM:LOMAX ORANGE VS METLIFE BLUE.
Headline missing word: Once you’ve done (Wood), you’ll never go back.
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