Team Re-Entry Softball Box Scores for Fall 2010

Game #1: Re-Entry vs. Big Bangers

Big Bangers 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 6
Re-Entry 2 2 0 6 0 0 x 10

In the season opener, Re-Entry extended its streak of victories over the Big Bangers to five with a 10--6 victory. Re-Entry remains unbeaten against the Big Bangers, a rivalry initiated in the fall 2007 season. The Re-Entry defense was outstanding, and while the offense wasn't spectacular the hits were timely and well placed. The Big Bangers were retired on three pitches in the top of the 7th inning to end the game. Renee had a great play behind the plate catching a foul ball in the last inning. Rob stood out at first gunning down a runner at third right after stepping on first for a double play. He also dove to the bag to beat out a runner at first. Everyone contributed with the bats to ensure the satisfying victory.

Game #2: Re-Entry vs. King Koopa trupaaa

Re-Entry 1 2 1 3 4 7 6 24
King Koopa trupaaa0 3 0 1 0 4 1 9

Despite the wet conditions and a steady drizzle, Re-Entry kept the defensive mistakes to a minimum while slowly building offensive momentum. The result was a decisive 24--9 victory over King Koopa trupaaa. Although Re-Entry never trailed during the game, the score was close during the early innings. With only a three run lead entering the fifth inning, the Re-Entry bats came alive. The big inning was the sixth, in which seven runs crossed the plate, and another six runs in the seventh inning put the game way out of reach. The offensive stars of the game were David (who hit for the cycle) and Eddie with his two home runs. Rob added a long home run to right field, and Howie (just back from Germany) had a 5 for 5 game plus a sacrifice fly. With Howie's new bat, line drive hits by Re-Entry players kept the late inning rallies going, and with everybody hitting, the lineup turned over more than five times!

On the defensive side, the highlight of the game was a superb throw from David in left field to home to gun down a runner attempting to score. Renee caught the perfect throw and applied the tag to end the inning. The web gem of the game belongs to Eddie in left-center field who made two superb catches including an ice cream special. Jennifer provided an inning ended double play by spearing a line drive over second base and doubling off the runner who had strayed from second. A backhand grab of a screaming line drive by Howie in the hole between short and third nearly provided a second double play, but the throw to first got by the first baseman (no thanks to the wet conditions on the field). Although there were a number of defensive miscues, the overall team defense was quite good, especially given the field conditions, limiting our opponents to only two multi-run innings.

Game #3: Re-Entry vs. Balls Deep

Re-Entry 4 1 3 4 3 2 3 20
Balls Deep 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 5

With solid offense and defense, Re-Entry cruised to a 20--5 victory over Balls Deep. Even without the big inning at the plate, Re-Entry scored in all seven innings, with all players in the lineup contributing. Extra base hits were few and far between (with a few homeruns attributed to generous decisions by the official scorekeeper). Nevertheless, the Re-Entry bats kept the pressure on our opponents throughout the game. Extra style points go to Christina with a very acrobatic slide into second base to beat the throw. On the defensive side, there were few miscues and a number of stellar plays. The web gems belong to Clara with two outstanding stretches at first base. The second one completed a spectacular double play initiated by David at third (following a tag of the passing runner). Howie also was involved in a double play earlier in the game, touching second base for the first out and throwing to first to just get the runner to end the third inning. The outfield defense was solid as well, making sure that the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

Game #4: Re-Entry vs. 1800 optimos under the Sea

1800 optimos under the Sea0 6 0 2 2 6 0 16
Re-Entry 2 3 0 5 7 5 x 22

The victory against 1800 optimos under the Sea was not an easy one. The crisp Re-Entry defense vanished for large parts of the game, allowing for two 6 run innings by our opponents. Meanwhile, the Re-Entry bats were quiet for the first half of the game. Re-entry fell behind by four runs in the second inning, and still trailed by three runs entering the bottom of the fourth. Slowly but surely, the Re-Entry hitters began to find their groove. Powered by two home runs apiece by David and by Patrick, Re-Entry surged to a 17--10 lead at the end of the fifth inning. But, no lead seemed safe. To their credit, 1800 optimos under the Sea got back into the game with a six run sixth to draw within one run. However, key two-out hits by Re-Entry re-established a six run lead, and a one-two-three seventh ended the game in undramatic fashion. The late surge by Re-Entry (scoring 17 runs in the last free innings) were helped by a number of key two-out hits. Perhaps none was bigger than the single by Christina, with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the 6th, which drove in the last two runs of the game. That hit extended the Re-Entry lead to six runs, and gave us some breathing room entering the final inning. Kudos also to Rob, who in a similar situation in the bottom of the first, drove in two runs in exactly the same way.

Although stellar defensive plays were far and few between, we won't dwell on the miscues and errant throws. The web gem of the game belongs to Lilly, who fielded a hard hit ground ball close to second base. She had the foresight to tag the passing runner, and then threw a strike to first base to complete the only double play of the game. Another key defensive play by Christina in right field helped squash a rally by our opponents. Finally, in the most bizarre play of the game, with the bases loaded, a single by an 1800 optimos under the Sea batter drove in a run. A very good play by Eddie in left field to pick up the ball and hit the cutoff (yours truly at shortstop), ensured that a potential second run did not try to score. The bases were still loaded, but for some reason (brain lock?) the batter had continued running, and suddenly two runners were at second base. Howie then chased the errant runner back to first, and with a flip of the ball to Erica, a tag play ended this dangerous inning without further damage.

Last but not least, a tip of the cap to David for his extremely sharp eye in spotting Howie's long lost missing bat, which had been expropriated (unbeknownst to us) at the end of the spring 2010 seasons by OPERS. I am certain that the returned bat can take some credit for the late innings offensive explosion by Re-Entry to secure the win.

Game #5: Re-Entry vs. Wrecked'em

Wrecked'em1 2 2 0 0 0 1 6
Re-Entry 3 0 4 0 2 3 x 12

A thrilling victory against Wrecked'em in a battle of the two undefeated teams clinched first place for Re-Entry in Division III and a spot in the playoffs. It was a total team effort! The defense was solid, and turned three double plays. Rob made a great play at first to finish one of those twin killings and earning a web gem. Among some of the offensive highlights, David had a multi-hit game. Ernesto displayed some great heads up base running, creating a few runs out of nothing. Jen had a few clutch hits including a double. Clara executed an awesome slide into home.

Semi-finals: Re-Entry vs. Brady Bunch

Re-Entry0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Brady Bunch 7 2 0 4 0 0 x 13

The fall season ended rather abruptly with a 13--2 loss to Brady Bunch in the semi-finals of UCSC Intramurals Coed Softball. The long hiatus of nearly three weeks (from the end of the regular season) took its toll. One of the umpires, Kathryn, described it thusly: "You guys just kept hitting the ball right into the other teams gloves. Sometimes the breaks just don't go your way." There is not much more that can be said, except for the classic "wait 'til next year!"

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Last Updated: December 5, 2010