THE RACE IS “ON” – 2015 HDL Season will be fun!!
Opening Day was impressive!
As I watched the two HDL games on Sunday, I could not help but feel a tremendous amount of pride in seeing an almost full roster of HDL players showing up to participate as part of their respective HDL teams games. The intensity and level of every individual players efforts exceeded all I could hope for. I saw players making good approaches at the plate and equally good focus in the field to be ready for any ball hit in their direction. The weather proved that when conditions are near idea for baseball, everyone wants to be a part of the action.
Game 1 was filled with outstanding pitching with Andrew Waddell started for the Dodgers and Nick Harris on the mound for the Orioles. Andrew and Nick are known for their hard work to keep the ball around the plate and only challenge hitters when they least expect it.
When two good pitchers are throwing more strikes than balls, you can bet their defense is staying on their toes. These combinations also produced a near record timeline for the game that went to the bottom of the 10th before the Dodgers scratched a run and the win – 4-3.
The normal time limit for an HDL double header is “no new inning after 2 hour and 20 minutes”. We do not say any minimum number of innings is required to be played. Sunday’s attention to minimizing time between innings to one minute or no more than 5 warm-up pitches, helped generate a full nine innings completed with-in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
With the game being recognized as “something special,” we authorized 2 additional innings before forcing a Tie Game. Fortunately, in the bottom of the 10th, after Orioles brought in Jake Hatchett to relieve Nick, Andrew Waddell came to the plate with two men on and 2 outs and that helped set up the Dodgers best chance to end the opening day marathon.
The storyline of this game was PITCHING!
Nick Harris went 9 innings and recorded 14 Strikeouts and only 4 Walks while scattering 10 hits. Andrew Waddell was equally good with 11 Strikeouts and only 2 Walks while allowing only 3 Runs on 7 Hits. Don’t be surprised if these two pitchers match up several times during the season. Their head-to-head matches will be fun.
Hitting-wise only three players had multiple hits. Tony Lomax and Brian Nilson had 2 hits. Andrew Waddell had 3 hits. And for the Lost Pizza Orioles, new HDL Player/Sponsor, Will McPherson had 2 hits to get his rookie season off to a promising start. Hunsucker, Harris, Hatchett, Jodie Wolfe and Moretta each had 1 hit for the Orioles.
For the Dodgers, Tony Lomax was hot with the bat going 2 for 3 with a triple in his 1st AB. Kurt Adkison, Gegg Bacchus and Carlos Medina each had one hit.
Game 2 – Battle of the Bullpens
Another great opening game as Peterbilt Cardinals and CDS – A’s battled back and forth until the last inning before the A’s patience and clutch hitting turned a loss into a Win. After 5 innings, the CDS – A’s had a comfortable 5-2 lead. However, after Kevin High took over for James Skinner, the game changed. Wes Hill started for A’s and was having success keeping the Cardinals off-balance.
A Cardinal rally in top of 7th inning started off with Brett Delk bouncer back to the pitcher, one out. Back-to-back singles by Cesar Roman and Michael Hudson (Cardinal Rookie) and then a walk by Oscar Zamudio loaded the bases and the A’s thought it would help if Kevin Latham took over for Wes. Kevin had not intended to pitch so he was slow getting warmed up. James Moroschak took advantage of a Kevin Latham “hanger” and sent it to left field to make the score 5-4. After Carlos Varela groundout, Kevin High stroked a solid hit to tie the game. This brought up Dave Neely who turned on a good pitch and sent it to right center keeping the inning alive. Paul Baioni knocked in the Cardinals final 2 runs to make the score 7-5.
In bottom of the 7th, the Cardinals had confidence that Cesar Roman could throw strikes and the Cards defense would hold on to the lead. But it did not work out that way. After 5 of 7 A’s hitters reached base via walks, the score ended 8-7 on walks. Not the way everyone thought, but in this early season, there are still a number of skilled players who need game time to become more effective for their teams. There were lots of hits in the 2nd game as Cardinals pounded out 11 hits and A’s had 7. Cardinals with 2 hits were Otis Edwards, Michael Hudson, and Kevin High. For the A’s, Jose Ortiz, was the only “A” with 2 hits. Cory Morgan, Kevin Latham, Juan Castillo, Terry Terrell, and Mike Morris had one hit.
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day so No Games on Sunday.
However, a game is scheduled on Friday Night:
Peterbilt Cardinals and Lomax Dodgers at 7:00 PM.
New Shirts should be ready for Friday Game.