In the fall season opener, the Re-Entry bats were on fire. Despite
the new rule this season that limits the number of runs in a given
inning to seven, Re-Entry racked up 29 runs (including three
"even-run rule" innings) for an easy win over the Inmates. In
numerous homeruns from numerous players in the lineup, Re-entry
pulled off the first triple play in Re-Entry history in the bottom of
the third inning. Poor base-running decisions by The Inmates on a pop
fly behind shortstop left the runners on first and second off base
after the catch. Howie missed his chance for the unassisted triple
play when he threw to first for the third out rather than going for
the tag. A spectacular double play ended the bottom of the fifth
inning when after a routine ground out, Rob fired the ball to Jessica
at third base who tagged out the sliding baserunner attempting to take
third on the play.
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Every once in a while, a team experiences an off-day. This one came
at a bad time, as Re-Entry's light hitting and poor fielding (mea
culpa big time) contributed to a 16--13 loss to the Kim Davis Experience.
Of the few fielding highlights, Asher made a nice play on a sinking
line drive turning it into a double play with a strike to first base
to double off the runner. Jessica made a sweet play at third snagging
a tough little pop fly in foul territory.
Three-run home runs by Howie in the 4th inning and by Asher
in the 7th inning kept the final score
respectable, but was not sufficient to overcome a well played game by
our opponents. The Re-Entry regular season winning streak of eleven
consecutive victories came to a crashing halt. Time to start a new one!
After a shaky first inning, the Re-Entry team rebounded with a
strong defensive effort. Unfortunately, the Re-Entry bats were fairly quiet,
with two of the big Re-Entry hitters absent from the lineup. A late
surge got Re-Entry to within one run, but at the end we came up a
couple of runs short, resulting in the second loss of the season.
A lack of hitting in three of the six innings and a breakdown of the
defense in the third inning was enough to send Re-Entry to their third
straight loss. Nevertheless, despite trailing by nine runs entering
the bottom of the fifth, the team showed its heart by scoring seven
runs (the maximum allowed according to the new rules) to make it a
close game. However, Re-Entry was not able to produce the timely hits
in the bottom of the sixth, after which darkness prevailed and
prevented our last chance at a comeback.
A valiant comeback against the first-place team of the division fell
short due to some unlucky breaks. With two on and one out in the last
inning, a sure homerun to right-center field by Howie turned into a
double when the ball struck a soccer goal and bounced back to the
outfielder. Then, with two outs and David representing the tying run
at the plate, a sharp ground ball to the right side of the field
struck the base-runner, Renee, and was ruled the final out of the game.
Ten runs in the last two innings finally ended the lack of offense
that has dogged the Re-Entry team during the last few games. But it
was not enough, as the Re-Entry defense suffered a number of lapses
that led to two big innings for the Wellness Center. That was
sufficient to ensure a fourth consecutive defeat and the first losing
season since the spring of 2008.
In the final game of the season, Re-Entry was playing for pride and dignity. With the best effort since opening day, good hitting and good defense on a rain-soaked field propelled Re-Entry to a 14--10 victory over the Big Bangers. The win was especially satisfying as it ended the four-game Re-Entry losing streak while knocking the Big Bangers out of contention for a playoff spot. The Big Bangers were indeed one of the elite teams of our division this year. Nevertheless, today's game continued the history of Re-Entry dominance over the Big Bangers---the record for the series history now stands at four wins and no losses for Re-Entry.
The Re-Entry victory was due in large part to the revival of the bats, especially the women. Renee and Christine were on fire, contributing big hits throughout the game. Maria played her part too, delivering two RBIs to end the third inning by invoking the seven-run mercy rule. Defense was solid all around, which was particularly impressive given the wet conditions (and wet ball). The one lowlight came courtesy of a certain unnamed outfielder who forgot to bring his cleats (enough said). Our big hitters came through with quite a few timely extra base hits, which provided enough of a cushion to ensure victory. Due to the wet conditions and late start, the game was called after five innings due to darkness. All in all, it was a very satisfying end to the fall season.
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