In the opening game of the spring 2010 season, Re-Entry
was on fire to start the game. After a three-up three-down top of the
first, Re-Entry batted around in the bottom half of the inning and
scored tens runs before any outs were recorded. The ten run rule was
invoked, and Re-Entry was on their way to a decisive victory. Just in
case there was any doubt, Re-Entry repeated their ten-run romp in the
fourth inning, and won going away, beating Team Six by a final score
of 25--5. All Re-Entry batters hit safely at least once (if not more)
during the game.
This was a really tough loss, in which a few lapses in Re-Entry
hitting and fielding at a number of critical points in the game
permitted our opponents to overcome a three run deficit and set the
stage for a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th to squeak out the
victory. This was the type of game where Re-Entry just was not able
to survive a ton of bad breaks, which on any normal day would have
been more evenly distributed between the two teams. A few of the
highlights included a nice catch by Christina on a screaming line
drive to left center and Herbi's first Re-Entry homerun. Despite all
the adversity, Tim made an incredible throw from center field on the
final play of the game that nearly caught the final batter of the day
napping (and would have sent the game into extra innings) as he
ambled to first after delivering the final hit of the game.
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Re-Entry welcomed back Patrick Maddock after a three week stint on the
After a brief scare in the top of the third inning when Brother
Jebudiah and his Low-Swingin' Saviors scored eight runs to pull
within two runs of Re-Entry (with help of a record breaking ten
infield hits), the Re-Entry bats banged out seventeen runs in the
following two innings to ice the game. Two web gems of note included
a sweet catch of a sinking line drive in left field by Marisa with two
outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning to snuff out any chance
of a comeback by our opponents, and a nifty backhand of a hard-hit
ground ball by Brandon over
second base followed by an accurate throw to first to complete the
putout. Batting highlights included a homerun by Tim in an eight-run
second inning, an opposite field bomb from Rob (who couldn't resist
the short right field fence), a 4 for 4 game including three triples
and a double by Howie, and a continuing barrage of hits from the top
of our women's lineup, Marisa and Lilly. Nevertheless, there are
still a few kinks to work out (tightening up the D and avoiding those
popups) in the drive to the playoffs as we
approach the critical part of the schedule.
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Facing an undermanned Wellness Center Sluggers squad, Re-Entry struck
first with six runs in the top half of the first inning; all runs
scoring with two outs. As it turns out, that was enough to ensure a
Re-Entry victory. The top web gems in this game all came in the third
inning. The number one web gem was terrific
throw by Brandon in left field to Lilly at second base to gun down a
runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Shades of Nate
Schierholtz, not to mention a superb pick-up on the short hop by Lilly
to apply the tag. A close contender was a superb
catch by David in center field on short fly ball---the glove just
managing to get under the ball at the last second---to end the inning.
The fourth inning sported a nice inning
ending double play, Howie fielding the ground ball, stepping on second
and throwing a strike to Nate at first. This feat was almost repeated
in the bottom of the 7th. Not being able to quite pull of the game-ending
double play gave Patrick the opportunity to flash some leather,
ending the game with a nice running catch.
On the Re-Entry offensive side, the two most notable hits were yet
another homerun from Tim, and a two-run triple by Marisa, who is still
sticking to her story that it was a three-run home run.
Unfortunately, the umpire disagreed in a close play at the plate.
Nevertheless, that play concluded a seven run sixth inning, after
which the game was never in doubt.
Tip of the hat to our opponents, who
were extremely talented, and played a great game.
Re-Entry clinged to a 3--2 lead until the bottom of the fourth
inning, and kept within striking distance
through five innings, due to some great defensive plays.
Unfortunately, Dance Biscuits blew the
game open with a seven-run inning in the bottom of the 6th.
The Re-Entry bats were actually not as quiet
as the score suggests, due to the defensive prowess of the
first-place Dance Biscuits team.
In order to not let a beautiful afternoon go to waste, the entire 16-person Re-Entry squad joined with the one Multiple Scoregasm player (nothing multiple about that!) and a few hangers-on and Rachael the umpire to play a spirited exhibition game.
With no playoff pressure, the Re-Entry players on Howie's team provided an awesome display of hitting that generated 27 runs in five innings of play. Leading the barrage, Chris, Glen and Patrick had multi-homerun games, while Howie contributed a complete cycle (single, double, triple and homerun). The cycle was in doubt until the final inning. Having singled in the first, tripled in the second and doubled in the third inning, Howie went for the homerun in the fourth inning by shooting a line drive a few inches fair down the right field line. A superb play by Lilly in right field including retrieving the ball and a very strong throw back into the infield, holding Howie to a second triple. But the fifth inning, Howie had one more chance (thanks to the nine run outburst in the fourth inning when the team batted around). So, in the fifth, with Lilly cheating this time toward the right field line, Howie drove the ball down the left field line just a few inches fair. The left fielder could not reach the ball to cut if off, and the rest was a race between batter and fielder. Howie beat the throw home to complete the cycle.
Other highlights included a very stylish head-first slide by Christina into third base ahead of the throw, and a nice catch in deep right field by Rachael the umpire to take extra bases away from David. All Re-Entry players were playing at the top of the game, earning free pizza for their great efforts.
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