Team Re-Entry Softball Box Scores for Spring 2011

Game #1: Re-Entry vs. Hammered Slammers

Hammered Slammers 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
Re-Entry 1 3 1 2 2 2 x 11

Re-Entry played its first game of the spring season against a very good defensive team, the Hammered Slammers. Although Re-Entry scored a run in every inning, it was not able to muster any sustained offense, partly due to some slick outfield play by our opponents. However, the Hammered Slammers did not do much slamming, and Re-Entry's solid defense held them to four runs. The defensive highlight of the game belongs to Lilly, who took a throw from Howie to get a force at second and then wheeled and fired a bullet to first base to complete the rare 6-4-3 double play (common in baseball, perhaps, but much rarer in our league). The big blow of the game was struck by Erica, a towering drive over the head of the left fielder for a very loud double and RBI.

Game #2: Re-Entry vs. Haters gonna hate

Haters gonna hate 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 8
Re-Entry 3 4 4 0 0 1 x 12

The Re-Entry bats came alive, and for the first three innings the hitting was relentless. Powered by three homeruns from Eddie, Omar and A.J., Re-Entry jumped out to an 11--0 lead. Each of the homeruns were lined shots over the heads of a very skillful Haters gonna hate outfield. In fact, the number of Re-Entry runs would have been significantly larger if not for a few superb plays by the outfield to run down a number of very well hit line drives. On the defensive side, Re-Entry was equally strong, playing almost error free. When A.J. added his second home run of the game in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 12--2, the final outcome was all but certain. A six run seventh by our opponents, fueled primarily by a number of bunt singles that the umpires failed to call back, made the final score respectable. But the game was never in doubt. Our newest team members, Kaila and Laurie played solid games both at the plate and in the field, in their spring debuts. Still, there was a small sigh of relieve as Clara gobbled up the final ground ball and tossed it to Kaila for the final out.

Game #3: Re-Entry vs. OPHERS

OPHERS 3 0 5 1 0 3 0 12
Re-Entry 0 3 1 5 2 3 x 14

OPHERS staked out an early three-run lead in the first thanks to the first-base umpire's bad positioning on a throw from second to first which kept the OPHERS inning alive and eventually led to three runs. In the bottom of the second, Omar tied it up with a towering three-run jack. OPHERS answered back, putting up five in the top of the third, though they received many mind-boggling calls from the first base umpire that almost made us believe that his boss was playing for the other team (wait a minute...). At any rate, Re-Entry capped the damage at five runs. In the bottom of the third, Eddie added a solo homer to bring the score to 8-4, which would go to 9-4 in the top of the fourth on a few solid base hits by OPHERS.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Re-Entry bats came alive and scored five runs on a series of base hits with contributions by seemingly everyone, to tie the game at 9-9. In the bottom of the fifth, Omar added his second home-run of the game, this time a two-run jack, to give Re-Entry it's first lead at 11-9. OPHERS weren't done however, and added three runs in the top of the sixth to re-gain the lead 12-11. With Re-Entry's backs against the wall, Re-Entry would not back down. After two base-hits to get runners on second and third with no outs, Kaila hit a line-drive that ate up the left-fielder, causing him to slip, and leading to a go ahead three-run homer to put Re-Entry up for good at 14-12. OPHERS put up a small threat in the top of the seventh, but the game ended on a 6-3 put out from Chris to Kaila.

Though the score indicated otherwise (cough, first base ump), Re-Entry played a solid defensive game, including a great sliding catch by Andy in left center field to rob them of a base hit. The game's web gem belongs to AJ for firing an absolute bullet from right center field to Erica at catcher (who also did a great job grabbing it and applying the tag), to nail the runner trying to score from second in the crucial late innings.

Game #4: Re-Entry vs. Dream Crushers

Dream Crushers 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Re-Entry 1 10 6 5 1 1 x 24

For the first time this season, Re-Entry scored ten runs in an inning, thereby invoking the ten-run rule. The big second inning crushed the dreams of the opponents, as the whole Re-Entry line-up delivered hit after hit. By the end of the fourth inning, Re-Entry was already twenty runs ahead, and the only remaining drama consisted of Andy's bid for the cycle. Coming up in the sixth inning having already produced a single, triple and home run, Andy hit a lined shot to left center. Under normal circumstances, the outfield would have held him to a single, but Andy was not be denied as he headed for second arriving just before the throw. Kudos to Andy for the first cycle of the season. By the seventh inning, manager Chris decided to shake things up and had the outfield play infield and the infield play outfield. The new infield did not disappoint, and turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Game #5: Re-Entry vs. Los Educadores

Los Educadores 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 8
Re-Entry 2 3 2 0 2 1 x 10

In the battle of the undefeated teams, Re-Entry came back from an early five-run deficit to win a tense and exciting game by the score of 10--8. With this victory, Re-Entry cliches first place in Division III. Sloppy defensive play in the second inning (along with a missed call by the umpire on a tag play at third base) resulted in a big seven run inning by Los Educadores. But apart from one additional run in the following inning, Los Educadores never seriously threatened. The Re-Entry defense recovered and played sharply in the field, and as the game progressed the Los Educadores bats cooled and produced too many high fly balls and ground outs (along with a line drive to shortstop that was turned into a double play).

Meanwhile, the Re-Entry bats were steady throughout the game. Not trying to overhit the ball, the Re-Entry batters hit numerous line drives, most of which fell for singles, against one of the best defensive teams in Intramurals softball. A few line drives found some gaps, and it was Eddie who finally shot a ball between the left and left-center fielders for a two run homerun in the sixth inning, which finally put Re-Entry back in the lead. In the Re-Entry sixth inning, a superb Schierholtzian catch on a sinking line to right-center field ended Howie's streak of thirteen consecutive base hits. Nevertheless, Re-Entry was still able to push one run across for insurance. Leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth could have been a missed opportunity, but Los Educadores made two quick outs in the top of the seventh. A single extended the game one batter, but a weak ground ball to the second baseman ended the game.

Many thanks to Brenda for filling in for Erica. Her steady presence both on offense and on defense was absolutely one of the key factors in the Re-Entry victory. Overall, it was an excellent showing by all the Re-Entry players---a good test for the upcoming playoff run.

Game #6: Re-Entry vs. Staff Infection

Staff Infection 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Re-Entry 10 5 3 1 2 7 x 28

Re-Entry completed an undefeated regular season with a 28--2 thumping of Staff Infection. However, Staff Infection administered a thumping of a different kind in the top of the seventh when the first batter, while attempting to stretch a single into a double, crashed into Howie who was attempting to receive the ball at second base from Erica in right-center field. The runner arrived a split second before the ball did, and the resulting hockey check resulted in a injury to Howie's jaw (later that evening at Urgent Care, the doctor was fairly confident that the jaw was not broken, but predicted a few days of soreness and recommended lots of ice). Prior to that incident, Howie had capped off a 7 for 7 day, with a single, double, triple and a lead-off double in the 4th inning that was turned into a homerun when the right fielder kicked the ball after cutting it off. Assuming that the official scorer was asleep, that is the second cycle for Re-Entry this season, following Andy's true cycle against the Dream Crushers. (Howie subsequently added two singles and a double to complete the perfect day at the plate.) The other Re-Entry bats were also working overtime, especially in the first inning which was ended by the ten run rule. The team fielding was solid in all areas, as Staff Infection put up little resistance.

Playoff Game (round of 16): Re-Entry vs. Juiced Up

Re-Entry 2 5 2 3 1 0 0 13
Juiced Up 2 0 2 0 0 5 2 11

In the first round of the spring 2011 playoffs, Re-Entry faced Juiced-Up, the second place team from Division VIII. For the first five innings, the Re-Entry bats were hot, with many well placed line drives. resulting in a nine run lead. Re-Entry protected the lead with solid defense, which included an inning ending 6 (unassisted)--3 double play with the bases loaded to kill a Juiced Up rally in the third inning, and a nice catch by Erica in right field with runners on second and third to end another Juiced Up threat. When Eddie slugged a line drive home run over the head of the left fielder (just beating the relay throw from the outfield), the 13--4 lead seemed comfortable.

However, a controversial interference call later in the fifth inning (turning a one out bases loaded situation into two outs with runners on first and second) helped snuff out a potential Re-Entry rally. After that, the Re-Entry hitting lost much of its sting, and an opportunity was missed to put our opponents away. In addition, with some shaky defense the final two innings, Re-Entry lead was suddenly at risk. Juiced Up took full advantage, and to their credit pushed across five runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. With runners on second and third, Juiced Up was threatening to erase the earlier nine run deficit. The next batter produced a short bunt-like hit, which Laura fielded in front of home plate. With no chance to gun down the runner at first base, Laura noticed the runner from third heading home and alertly returned to the plate to cut down the runner trying to score for the third out of the inning. But, the game was still in the balance when Juiced Up scored two more runs in the 7th inning and put two runners on base when yours truly was unable to convert the final ground ball out. In perhaps the most critical call of the game, the next batter blooped a single to short center field that was called back on a low pitch. On the very next pitch, the Juiced Up batter hit a towering pop-up to the first baseman, and Rob squeezed the glove with the third out, preserving the Re-Entry 13--11 win.

Playoff Game (quarter-final): Re-Entry vs. Brady Bunch

Brady Bunch 6 0 3 0 0 6 1 16
Re-Entry 0 4 2 3 1 0 0 10

In a rematch of the fall playoffs, Re-Entry came up short once again as Brady Bunch earned a ticket to the semi-finals. However, unlike the fall playoffs, Re-Entry didn't go down without a fight. Despite being six runs down before their first at bats, Re-Entry staged a spirited comeback. Omar jumpstarted the team offense in the second inning with a two-run homerun. When Andy hit a lined shot over the center fielder's head with two runners aboard for a homerun to tie the game at 9--9 all in the bottom of the 4th, the comeback was complete. In the top of the 5th inning, Chris subbing for Howie at shortstop made a scintillating over the shoulder (back to home plate) catch of a flare (called a "Texas leaguer" when I was growing up) in short left field to end the Brady Bunch threat and maintain the tie score. In the bottom of the 5th inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Eddie hit a hot ground ball up the middle. Our good friend Rachel (the Brady Bunch shortstop) displayed her impressive range by cutting off the ball before it reached center field and recording the force-out at second base with an accurate throw. A run scored on the play and suddenly Re-Entry had its first lead.

However, that was the last rally that Re-Entry could muster. Sadly, the wheels came off in the top of the 6th inning. A few errant defensive plays by Re-Entry opened up the floodgates, and Brady Bunch took full advantage. They put up their second six spot of the game, and Re-Entry was unable to recover. With no further clutch hits left in the tank, Re-Entry suffered its first defeat in an otherwise perfect season. Unfortunately, at this time of year, one defeat is all it takes and your season is over.

Brady Bunch was clearly the most talented team that Re-Entry faced all year. Nevertheless, apart from a few unfortunate glitches in the field (which could have been avoided on a better day), Re-Entry competed well and might have been able to pull this one out with a little tighter defense and a few more timely hits. Nevertheless, we put a scare into Brady Bunch (who had not been seriously challenged all season). Being able to fight back from a six run deficit and take the lead after five innings is something we can be proud of.

A few notable items concerning the quarter-final game not mentioned above. The web gem belongs to Andy who chased down a line drive hit over his head in center field and caught it on the dead run. Lilly at third base had to deal with two screaming line drives ("seeds" as the Giant announcers would call it). In both cases, she managed to get her glove on the batted ball. But due to the ferocity of the line drives, in both cases the ball bounced hard off her glove onto the ground. On the initial line drive, Lilly was able to pick the ball up and throw the runner out at first. She wasn't as fortunate on the second line drive, which was ruled a hit by the official scorer. Nevertheless, she gets high marks for courage under fire! Howie had three singles in three at bats (after beating out an infield hit in his final at bat) to complete a perfect 7 for 7 playoff run and a 14 consecutive hit streak. Together with a 20 for 21 regular season, his final batting average of .964 sets an all time Re-Entry season record. Kudos in part to our great team pitchers, Eddie and Chris, who played critical roles in providing hittable pitches for all of the Re-Entry hitters.

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Last Updated: June 2, 2011