What a game! What a day! What a foggy mess!
Yes, Carl (the fog) had his way with the MBC yesterday, and man, it is a weird thing to hit a ball in the air and have it disappear. This was to be my last game before a 3 month hiatus and hopefully successful surgery. I wanted to go the full 9 again, make a CG hat trick for my last three games, and my team was nice enough to oblige.
What was newsworthy was that we had 22 players, instead of 13, so their yielding the mound was actually a big thing, since I did not sit out as I should have. Thank you all! Sean started for the homers and he was pretty lights out the entire time. He had a nasty diving curve ball working, and he kept us to one run over 7 frames. We had a team of a lot of veteran players, and it quickly became apparent that we did not have the speed in the game. There were so many plays at 1st that usually would not have to be as bang bang as they were. Seriously, every time there was a ground ball, the batter was STEAMING up the line, and we had one shot. Luckily we had Urano at SS, who converted those plays, as did Nick S at 2nd. Adam was a great 1st baseman, including one short hop scoop that had to be caught.
Hitting-wise, the visitors also had a murderers row and while we kept it in check some of the game, there was a back to back to back extra base hit extravaganza at one point. John Carey, showing off his youth also got a triple cum little league home run, when our team couldn't seem to find the handle. Mitch, Powell, Lynch, also displayed big hits.
So we cruised along, making some great defensive plays, including a double play, and then Carl got heavy, and we lost one in the outfield, and then another, and then one in the infield. The runs piled up, and we just could not get our own offense started. We left a runner in scoring position most of the innings, and only scored one more run, off of Mitch who came into mop up.
Final Score: 7-2
* Thanks to everyone who came out, it was a great way to end my year, with a well-attended friendly game
* Thanks to Greg who caught a great game, and stopped a couple of absolute scuds. Bob, Don, and Rudy also did great behind the dish
* Anna barreled up on me and had another that was a sure fire hit up the middle if I didn't manage to get a glove on it
* The visitors hammered the left field line all day
* Carl was doing one thing well, and that was helping the knuckleball, man it was dancing and diving all day!
* Dan, Urano, Tony, Adam, Nick S were all great defense. Except for that one play, Tony.....
* I lost track of my directive, and took a comebacker and spun and threw it to 2nd, because I thought there was still runners on 1st and 2nd. Turns out it was just 2nd, but I got the runner off base too far and Urano gunned him out at 3rd. Glad that it worked out, that is not the usual MBC out, we play the safe game.
* The return of the band! All is forgiven, they explained that they had intentions of playing for both games, but were not able to. We will be keeping an eye on them, nonetheless.
* I didn't mean to pick on Rudy, but he got the K business.
* I struck out on a ball in the dirt, one of Sean's diving specialties, while protecting the plate.
* JT had a real nice hit
* I hit James with a knuckleball, it was coming so slow I think he never moved
* I may have had 5 Ks on the day, which is more than usual
* Poor Nick W was all over the map in left field
* I am in pursuit of Johnny Bartlett's record of 4 complete games in a row, I can't find it yet, but I think there is a blog post about it somewhere. I think the record was set at Camp Swampy.
Great game had by all, thank you all who played, there's no where else I would rather be on a Sunday.
Don't look back.