WILD – WOOLIE BASEBALL
Everything that can happen in a baseball game happened last Friday night. An abundance of hits, errors, walks, strikeouts and runs made Friday night a display of two teams trying to ‘out-ugly’ the other team. Routine defensive plays were anything but routine. Easy outs turned into long innings that over-extended pitching limitations. The same plays that happen in youth baseball/little league games happened to our experienced adult HDL baseball players. which proved once again – “don’t take anything for granted.”
The Dodgers were Home team and started Travis Hill on the mound. Travis showed his rust when he hit the Cardinal’s lead-off hitter, Johnny Gonzalez. A couple of wild pitches later and James Skinner’s deep sacrifice fly allowed Johnny to trot home for 1st Cardinal run.
In bottom of the 1st, Cardinal’s Starter, Kevin High, was roughed up by a Dodger offense who collected 5 hits to push 3 runs across the plate for a 3-1 lead.
In top of the 3rd inning, the Cards sent 9 players to the plate with the biggest surprise being a well executed bunt by Tim Wallenstram that allowed Dave Neely to score on Travis Hill’s wild throw to 3rd base. Two more errors in the inning allowed 2 more runs and the Cardinals had a 5-4 lead. However, that lead did not last long as the Dodgers answered in bottom of 3rd on a 2-run blast from Patrick Belote that cleared the left field fence for the first HDL Home Run of the young season (with a Wood Bat).
The lead changed again in top of the 4th as Cardinals again sent 9 players to the plate and 3 more runs for a 8-6 lead. Big hits in the inning came from Paul Baioni, David Neely and Tim Wallenstram. In the bottom of the 4th the Dodgers came right back to re-take the lead when Kevin High walked Tony Lomax and Travis Hill. Trying to protect their lead, the Cardinals brought in James Skinner. Cardinal throwing errors led to easy runs for the Dodgers and another lead change – the 6th lead change in the game.
By the 7th inning, the long innings of high pitch count was pushing the HDL time limit to a critical point. With Cardinals scoring 3 runs in top of the 7th to make their lead 11-9, this game should have been over. But the Dodgers kept taking pitches and forcing the home plate umpire to decide the fate of the game after Cardinals Center-fielder misjudged a deep fly ball off Travis Hill’s bat, Tony Lomax scored to make the score 11-10. Walks, wild pitches, passed balls and errors helped set up the tying run on 3rd base who scored on a ball that got away from Cards catcher, Paul Baioni.
One more inning allowed he Dodgers to score the winning run on a Sacrifice fly by Patrick Belote allowing Jesse Arrambide to score from 3rd.
FINAL Score Dodgers 12 – Cards 11
Cardinals Hit Leaders: Paul Baioni (2 for 4) and Dave Neely (2 for 3);
One (1) Hit => Brett Delk, Oscar Zamudio, Carlos Varela and Tim Wallenstram.
Dodgers’ Hit Leaders: Patrick Belote (2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI’s); Tony Lomax (2 for 2, 2B , 2 Runs)
One (1) Hit each=> Carlos Medina, Greg Bacchus, Travis Hill
Next Sunday Schedule:
9:00 AM – Orioles vs Cardinals
11:40 AM – Dodgers vs A’s